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Google CEO Sundar Pichai compares AI to climate change at APEC CEO Summit


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a panel at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in San Francisco on Thursday, Pichai was asked by Bloomberg’s Emily Chang how to get to a global consensus on “smart AI regulation.”

Pichai said AI “will proliferate” and that “AI advances will get out to all the countries and so it’s naturally the kind of technology that — I don’t think there’s any unilateral safety to be had.”

Should AI could go wrong in one country, he said, it could impact other countries, making it difficult to regulate locally.

“In some ways, it’s like climate change and the planet,” Pichai said. “We all share a planet. I think that’s true for AI.” That’s why “you have to start building the frameworks globally,” he added.

Pichai said countries have a shared responsibility to build global frameworks — something he’s warned about in recent months. He said he sees some signs of progress for discussions, including at the G7 Summit in Japan earlier this year. There was also yesterday’s agreement between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who vowed to start a dialogue around the topic of AI.

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