Google chairman Eric Schmidt: Artificial intelligence platforms can ‘change the world’

Former Google CEO Erich Schmidt has high hopes for artificial intelligence (AI), Bloomberg reports. The billionaire, who is now executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, delivered a talk in New York this week where he claimed AI has the potential to fix some of the world’s “hard problems,” including population growth, climate change, human development, and education. The conference was also attended by representatives from Facebook and DeepMind, a London-based AI startup that was bought by Google. Self-learning platforms underpinned by AI can help scientists analyse large datasets and understand the links between cause and effect, according to Schmidt. Schmidt said the field of AI is becoming so important that companies need to start working together to create standardised approaches where they use similar tools and publish their breakthroughs…


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