Experts are unsure what impact AI will have
Sergey Brin, who, alongside Larry Page, co-founded search engine giant Google, says that he is unsure where artificial intelligence (AI) is heading, and has been surprised by the meteoric rise.
Google, or more specifically its parent company Alphabet, has been at the forefront of the development of AI.
In recent years the company has acquired revolutionary AI firms such as DeepMind, which in 2005 saw its AlphaGo AI beat the world champion of Chinese game Go, while also developing its own Google Brain.
The Soviet-born businessman admits that he “didn't pay attention” to the quick evolution of AI, and is unsure what the future holds.
Sergey Brin said he does not know the limit of AI
Speaking at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Mr Brin said: "Jeff Dean would periodically come up to me and say, 'Look, the computer made a picture of a cat,' and I said 'OK that's very nice, Jeff' … and fast forward a few years and now Brain probably touches every single one of our main projects.
"This kind of revolution in deep nets has been very profound and definitely surprised me even though I was right inside there. … It's an incredible time.
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“What can these things do? We don't really know the limits.”
While Mr Brin recognises that AI has the potential to help the world in many ways, he admits that it is “almost impossible” to predict what impact it will have on the world.
Experts warn that AI could devastate the world
Several experts have warned about how AI might affect humanity for the negative.
Bill Gates has stressed that scientists must be careful with the development of AI while Professor Hawking has said in the past that “the development of full Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”