Google predicts the future: Go big on artificial intelligence

Google CEO Sundar Pichai touts the company’s AI efforts. James Martin/CNET It’s a given that the most important thing to Google — the company/verb/website that’s synonymous with finding things using the Internet — is its search business. Now, as the company lays out its master plan for the future, Google is making sure that business is injected with a healthy dose of artificial intelligence.At least that’s the big takeaway from Google’s annual letter, published Thursday, and penned for the first time by CEO Sundar Pichai rather than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.Instead of users having to type words into a search box on a computer or phone, Google wants to fetch info and do stuff for you without you having to ask. That includes things like nudging you…


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