AI needs to be regulated, says Google CEO

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Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company, Alphabet, has written a Financial Times editorial in which he encourages the regulation of artificial intelligence while also acknowledging its opportunities.

“[T]here is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated", Pichai writes in his piece published today (January 20th). "It is too important not to," he says.

“Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used. It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone.”

While endorsing regulation - namely in areas such as self-driving cars, which need “appropriate new rules” - he also says we need to look at both AI's "potential harms [and] social opportunities".

"There are real concerns about the potential negative consequences of AI, from deepfakes to nefarious uses of facial recognition. While there is already some work being done to address these concerns, there will inevitably be more challenges ahead that no one company or industry can solve alone.

"Good regulatory frameworks will consider safety, explainability, fairness and accountability to ensure we develop the right tools in the right ways."