- Google CEO Sundar Pichai compared artificial intelligence to climate change at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit Thursday.
- Pichai said that if AI goes wrong in one country it would impact every other country.
- He said global regulation is needed and is encouraged by the agreement between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping to keep an open dialogue about AI.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said artificial intelligence is like climate change in that it will proliferate worldwide, and that people across the globe share a responsibility to create guardrails.
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.