Think the name “Google,” and for most, the first thing that comes to mind is the company’s founding, eponymous product: Google Search. But it soon might be A.I.
Google’s first, and still most profitable venture has become so popular for web searches that its name is now the verb to search, and yet in a call to investors Thursday, reporting the company’s Q1 2017 earnings, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company’s in translation.
“We continue to set the pace in machine learning and A.I. research,” Pichai said on the Thursday call. “We’re transitioning to an A.I.-first company.”
But just what does it actually mean to transition to an A.I.-first company, and why would Google be willing to upset the system that made it 2017’s most highly valued company in the world?
For Google, becoming “A.I-first” means putting machine learning at the heart of every one of its platforms. Most obviously, there is the …