Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivered his first ever letter to shareholders today, where he predicted the future lies in machine learning. Of course, the most important thing to Google is and always has been search, but the company has some ambitious goals for the future.
Google is betting big on artificial intelligence; to the point that you’ll be able to search for things without even having to ask. Some of this is being seen already, such as Google reminding you about flights and meetings saved to your Google Calendar. Essentially Google wants to be able to provide people with the information they need before having to ask for it.
“Over time, the computer itself — whatever its form factor — will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.”
In his letter, Pichai also celebrate’s the company’s accomplishments in machine learning, citing its computer that is able to beat world champions at the board game Go.
Today’s letter marks the first time anyone besides Larry Page and/or Sergey Brin have penned a CEO’s letter to shareholders. Sundar Pichai became CEO of Google after the company restructured under parent company Alphabet. Page went on to become the CEO of Alphabet, and Brin became the President of Alphabet.
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.