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AI and security top priority for Google: Sundar Pichai
TT Correspondent |  |  26 Jul 2018

Internet search giant Google on Tuesday announced artificial intelligence (AI) and security as its top priority among the host of services it offers as it kicked off its annual event - Next - for the third successive year here in San Francisco.

The company announced several updates to Google Cloud apps and services with back-to-back addresses by its top honchos, including a surprise dash by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Cloud top executive Diane Greene at the keynote address.

The software giant referred itself as a "modern enterprise company" and its primary business as "information", saying its hallmark service Google Cloud was built to efficiently take in information, organise it, and give back intelligence, in order to drive their business - supercharged information.

"Our mission is to organise world's information. And make it universally accessible and useful. I am always talking of being fortunate as a company as a timeless machine. One that feels as it did 20 years ago," Pichai told a 20,000-estimated attendance at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Pichai extolled company's deep dive into AI and its benefits in healthcare services with predictive inputs on risks of diseases.

"We have already seen incredible spaces with AI… especially with healthcare. AI is helping doctors predict diseases and even predict the patients' risk for a heart attack or stroke. We all know AI holds enormous promise for the world. We are using Google to rethink and reimagine our own products with an AI first approach. That's what our cloud journey is all about," said Pichai.

The company sought to allay any fears emerging out of security concerns, saying safety and security are built into every layer of the Cloud operation with high level of data encryption.

"Throughout Next 18, we will be going deep on AI and security, areas that Google invests in heavily. Why? Because security is the number one worry, and AI is the number one opportunity. Security is built into every layer of our operation. We announced 20 new security advancements in March and will be announcing another 10 new security products and services this week," said Greene.

She described Cloud infrastructure as a collection of "many football stadium-sized data centers, all running carbon neutral" with specialised processors like Titan.

Earlier, Pichai talked about Android's journey helping mobile makers, including Kubernetes and TensorFlow as part of company's open source policy. "We want to help companies of every size. From a coffee shop on the corner to complex enterprises with thousands of offices around the world. Android was launched with one phone and one carrier in 2008. Today, we have ecosystem of phone makers, mobile operators and app developers, leading to 24,000 different devices from 1300 different brands," he said.

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