Google AI is a new division of Google devoted entirely to Artificial Intelligence. It was first announced at Google I/O 2016 by CEO Sundar Pichai. It is the brainchild of former Stanford professor and self-proclaimed internet guru, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil believes that computers can think like people, and he wants to use this technology to give robots the ability to experience the same emotions as humans feel.
In his announcement, Pichai said, “We are at the beginning of a new era of computing. Our mission is to create advanced, intelligent programs that can help you deal with all your life’s experiences, without the limitations of a human brain.” Google’s AI division is headed by Google Deep Learning Group. This new division is not directly linked to Google X, but is its own division. The goal for Google AI is to ensure the company continues to stay ahead of the competition.
Google’s AI division is led by Chris Carpenter, a PhD from Stanford University who is widely regarded as an expert in natural intelligence, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Google’s other division, Google X, which is responsible for building the Google smartphone and other smart phones is developing its own artificial intelligence project called Project Ion. Google’s current division, called Nest, is another example of a developing artificial intelligence project. Its goal is to create a robot that can understand natural speech, recognize different pets, and even cook food. Google is clearly committed to the development of artificial intelligence, and it shows tremendous promise for all kinds of industries.