Google CEO Sundar Pichai Shares His Thoughts on AI Gaining consciousness


Tech giants are fiercely competing in the AI sector. Brands like Google are striving to enhance their AI models to stay relevant in the competitive tech market. This market condition has led to massive growth in AI. At a very rapid rate, artificial intelligence is becoming an integral part of our lives. Hence, there are also discussions on the future of AI. In a recent interview, Sundar Pichai delved into the future implications of artificial intelligence, exploring intriguing topics such as the potential for AI to gain consciousness.

YouTuber Hayls World hosted an interview with Sundar Pichai. In this interview, the main focus was AI, and Pichai revealed some interesting information about Google’s approach and vision. He discussed the ongoing advancements and the company’s commitment to AI development. After all, the CEO of Google surely knows a lot more about the future of AI, given his strategic position and involvement in pioneering AI research.

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When asked the pros of Google’s AI, Pichai replied that there are many use cases. He gave examples of summarizing content, saving time with the help of AI, and more. The interviewer also discussed how the Gemini model compares with ChatGPT. To this Pichai answered that Google has an ecosystem that integrates seamlessly across various products. He further explained:

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“For example, it can summarize emails in Gmail and you can send emails easily. It integrates very well with other Google products including YouTube. It is multimodal, and over time you will be able to use voice to operate AI.

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Will AI Gain Consciousness? Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai Weighs In

One of the highlights of the interview was Sundar Pichai discussing the consciousness of AI. The host asked Pichai if he thinks it will take a long time before there is some form of AI consciousness. To this, the Google CEO answered, “In the next few years, we will have AI that has the illusion of consciousness, and you may not be able to tell the difference. However, this is different from AI actually being conscious, which is a very deep philosophical topic.

This is a very interesting reply from Google’s CEO. AI is getting smarter, and from his reply, it’s clear that AI will keep getting better. The development of AI brings exciting changes to our lives. It has the potential to revolutionize industries, improve efficiencies, and enhance our daily lives.

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2 Comments

  1. May 27, 2024

    It’s becoming clear that with all the brain and consciousness theories out there, the proof will be in the pudding. By this I mean, can any particular theory be used to create a human adult level conscious machine. My bet is on the late Gerald Edelman’s Extended Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. The lead group in robotics based on this theory is the Neurorobotics Lab at UC at Irvine. Dr. Edelman distinguished between primary consciousness, which came first in evolution, and that humans share with other conscious animals, and higher order consciousness, which came to only humans with the acquisition of language. A machine with only primary consciousness will probably have to come first.

    What I find special about the TNGS is the Darwin series of automata created at the Neurosciences Institute by Dr. Edelman and his colleagues in the 1990’s and 2000’s. These machines perform in the real world, not in a restricted simulated world, and display convincing physical behavior indicative of higher psychological functions necessary for consciousness, such as perceptual categorization, memory, and learning. They are based on realistic models of the parts of the biological brain that the theory claims subserve these functions. The extended TNGS allows for the emergence of consciousness based only on further evolutionary development of the brain areas responsible for these functions, in a parsimonious way. No other research I’ve encountered is anywhere near as convincing.

    I post because on almost every video and article about the brain and consciousness that I encounter, the attitude seems to be that we still know next to nothing about how the brain and consciousness work; that there’s lots of data but no unifying theory. I believe the extended TNGS is that theory. My motivation is to keep that theory in front of the public. And obviously, I consider it the route to a truly conscious machine, primary and higher-order.

    My advice to people who want to create a conscious machine is to seriously ground themselves in the extended TNGS and the Darwin automata first, and proceed from there, by applying to Jeff Krichmar’s lab at UC Irvine, possibly. Dr. Edelman’s roadmap to a conscious machine is at https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.10461

  2. May 27, 2024

    It’s becoming clear that with all the brain and consciousness theories out there, the proof will be in the pudding. By this I mean, can any particular theory be used to create a human adult level conscious machine. My bet is on the late Gerald Edelman’s Extended Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. The lead group in robotics based on this theory is the Neurorobotics Lab at UC at Irvine. Dr. Edelman distinguished between primary consciousness, which came first in evolution, and that humans share with other conscious animals, and higher order consciousness, which came to only humans with the acquisition of language. A machine with only primary consciousness will probably have to come first.

    What I find special about the TNGS is the Darwin series of automata created at the Neurosciences Institute by Dr. Edelman and his colleagues in the 1990’s and 2000’s. These machines perform in the real world, not in a restricted simulated world, and display convincing physical behavior indicative of higher psychological functions necessary for consciousness, such as perceptual categorization, memory, and learning. They are based on realistic models of the parts of the biological brain that the theory claims subserve these functions. The extended TNGS allows for the emergence of consciousness based only on further evolutionary development of the brain areas responsible for these functions, in a parsimonious way. No other research I’ve encountered is anywhere near as convincing.

    I post because on almost every video and article about the brain and consciousness that I encounter, the attitude seems to be that we still know next to nothing about how the brain and consciousness work; that there’s lots of data but no unifying theory. I believe the extended TNGS is that theory. My motivation is to keep that theory in front of the public. And obviously, I consider it the route to a truly conscious machine, primary and higher-order.

    My advice to people who want to create a conscious machine is to seriously ground themselves in the extended TNGS and the Darwin automata first, and proceed from there, by applying to Jeff Krichmar’s lab at UC Irvine, possibly. Dr. Edelman’s roadmap to a conscious machine is at https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.10461