Taking a break from the tradition where Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin shared the company’s progress and vision every year, this time it was Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai who updated the world with some of Google’s achievements and key highlights.
In a letter posted on official Google blog on Friday, Pichai reiterated “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.
Touching upon artificial intelligence (AI), powerful computing platforms and cloud, he stressed that mobile phone has become the remote control for daily lives and people are communicating, consuming, educating and entertaining themselves on smartphones “in ways unimaginable just a few years ago”.
“Search — the very core of Google, comes from mobile and an increasing number of them via voice. The company made this easy and via Google Now, user can get information like the weather in your upcoming vacation spot,” he posted.
He also wrote about the launch of Google Photos to make it easier for people to organise their photos and videos, keep them safe and be able to find them when they want to, on whatever device they are using. Pichai said all this was possible due to to the machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Pichai has risen to the top role at Google in recent years, taking over from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, so his views shape the strategic direction of the Internet search giant. Indeed, he expounded on the future of computing in a Google founders’ letter that has been only written by either Page or Brin for over a decade.
Still, Google has a history of grand pronouncements about the future of computing that don’t pan out, at least initially. In 2013, Brin touted the benefits of Google Glass, the company’s connected eyewear , saying that summoning information to one’s eyes was a better use of the body than “rubbing a featureless piece of glass.” Glass flopped because of privacy concerns and technical problems like short battery life.