Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, in an interview with BBC shared his thoughts on internet freedom, future innovation, taxes and his own personal tech habits. Pichai mentioned that people have historically worried about technology but it is essential for the new generation to adapt to it and also set their own boundaries. Here are 10 things he said.
Google CEO warns that free and open internet is under attack
Pichai told the BBC that the “free and open internet is under attack” in countries around the world. Many countries are restricting the flow of information and “the model is often taken for granted.” Without referring to China directly he said, “none of our major products and services are available in China.”
Pichai on whether children should be allowed to spend time on YouTube or no
Pichai told the BBC that he allows his kids to be on YouTube. As far as policy on screen time for kids is concerned, he said, “I think this generation needs to learn to adapt to technology, it’s going to be a big part of their lives. So, I’ve encouraged them to develop boundaries on their own but I approach it as a journey of personal responsibility.”
Pichai on whether technology is destroying kid’s creativity and ability to build relationships
“Look I think we should worry, and I’m glad there are experts looking at areas like mental health, and all that, but I would also say that throughout history we’ve always been worried about technology,” Pichai said in the interview.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is a bit jealous about Jeff Bezos’ space travel plans
Pichai told the BBC that he too would want to “see Earth from Space” and that he is a bit jealous.
India remains deeply inside me: Pichai
When asked whether Pichai is Indian or American, Pichai replied, “I am an American citizen but India is deeply within me. So, it’s a big part of who I am.”
What Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai had to say about paying taxes
“We are one of the world’s largest taxpayers, if you look at on average over the past decade. We paid over 20% in taxes. We do pay the majority of our share of taxes in the US, where we originate and where our products are developed. I think there are good conversations, and we support the global OECD conversations, figuring out what is the right way to allocate taxes and this is beyond a single company to solve,” said Pichai in an interview with BBC.
Here’s what Pichai thinks about artificial intelligence
“I view it as the most profound technology that humanity will ever develop and work on. You know, if you think about fire or electricity or the internet, it’s like that. But I think even more profound,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an interview with BBC.
What Sundar Pichai thinks about Quantum Computing
“Quantum Computing is not going to work for everything. There are things for which the way we do computing today would always be better. But there are some things for which quantum computing will open up an entire new range of solutions,” he told the BBC.
Pichai on when did he last cry
When asked about when did he last cry, he told the BBC, “Seeing the morgue trucks parked around the world through Covid and seeing what’s happened in India.”
Pichai’s advice to someone from humble beginnings who wants to run a great company: 2021-07-13 at 9.23.54 AM
“I have always felt that you just need to, more than what your mind says, you need to kind of figure out what your heart is excited by. And it’s a journey and you will know it when you find it. And if you find that, things tend to work out,” he told the BBC.