Eric Schmidt, the current chairman of Google and soon to be chairman of Alphabet, is very fond of artificial intelligence. This should not be a surprise. Google likes artificial intelligence and likes to be seen at its cutting edge.
Schmidt, as the frequent public face of the company before policymakers and regulators, has an interest in highlighting the positive, tangible applications of the technology — and dousing the concerns around it. He tries to do just that in an op-ed for the BBC over the weekend, claiming that the science is "just starting to see real progress."
One of his examples, on the recent acceleration of "deep learning" AI techniques, should be familiar to Re/code readers. We offered a long look at the advanced software and its implications for companies like Google this summer.
Schmidt also offers another example of where AI research blends "with solving real-world challenges": Music. And with it, he gives a subtle dig at Google's chief mobile rival. Here's Schmidt: