Google stakes claim in AI as Facebook, Amazon rivalry heats up

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 19, 2016 in Mountain View, California.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google upped its stake in the high tech battleground of artificial intelligence, unveiling three new products that aim to wrest the competitive edge from rivals Facebook, Apple and Amazon. “We’re at a seminal moment for AI,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told 7,000 people attending I/O, the tech giant’s annual developers conference at a sun-splashed Shoreline Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue near Google’s worldwide headquarters here. Pichai, who has repeatedly stressed the importance of AI and machine learning, anticipates a momentous shift in computing: super-smart machines on every device we use guiding every moment of our days. He isn’t the only one. “We’re entering a golden…


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