Google put its prowess in artificial intelligence, as well as its commitment to wielding it responsibly, front and center during the keynote of its I/O developers conference on Tuesday.
A rotating cast of Google execs stressed during demos that AI was at the core of their products, showing off advancements in Gmail, Maps, and its smart Assistant. Meanwhile, Google also addressed lightening-rod issues across the tech industry like gadget addiction and filter bubbles by launching new Android tools to help moderate screen-time and a fresh News app that feeds users various perspectives on a given story.
It's clear that technology can be a positive force, Pichai remarked at the beginning of his talk, but the company can't just be "wide-eyed" about the potential impact of these innovations.
"We feel a deep sense of responsibility to get these things right," he said.
This positioning for Google as the kinder, more careful AI-champion isn't particularly new or surprising for the company. Google co-founder and Alphabet President Sergey Brin dedicated the company's recent annual letter to this same theme.
"I expect machine learning technology to continue to evolve rapidly and for Alphabet to continue to be a leader — in both the technological and ethical evolution of the field," Brin wrote.