Google CEO Sundar Pichai is nabbing headlines for comments he made in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber. On artificial intelligence, Pichai said, “AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire.”
When Swisher countered, “Fire’s pretty good,” Pichai added, “But it kills people, too. They learn to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but we have to overcome its downsides, too.”
In the same interview, Pichai also stood by the decision to fire controversial engineer James Damore.