The future of artificial intelligence was a key discussion point in a recent episode of 60 Minutes. Airing on April 16, the episode followed correspondent Scott Pelley as he took a closer look at some of Google’s artificial intelligence projects. Shaken up by a few of the projects, Pelley said that he was “speechless” and was left a bit unsettled after trying the company’s chatbot Bard. Moving alongside Pelley, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said that society would need to adapt to the future of artificial intelligence. More importantly, he said that “every product of every company” will be impacted by artificial intelligence.
“This is going to impact every product across every company,” the Google executive said.
“For example, you could be a radiologist, if you think about five to 10 years from now, you’re going to have an AI collaborator with you. You come in the morning, let’s say you have a hundred things to go through, it may say, ‘these are the most serious cases you need to look at first.’”
It is no secret that AI is becoming readily available to the public and being developed further by major tech companies. Most notably, Google is working on its aforementioned chatbot Bard. Meanwhile, Microsoft has incorporated OpenAI’s GPT technology into its search engine, Bing.
“Competitive pressure among giants like Google and startups you’ve never heard of is propelling humanity into the future, ready or not,” Pelley commented.
As artificial intelligence continues move forward, Pichai believes that a number of different voices need to be involved.
“It’s not for a company to decide,” he said when asked about the future of AI.
“This is why I think the development of this needs to include not just engineers but social scientists, ethicists, philosophers and so on.”