Google's AI chief has spoken out about what he feels are misconceptions and overstated dangers surrounding intelligent machines.
John Giannandrea took particular aim at 'unreasonable concerns' over the arrival of general artificial intelligence, or robots that can think like humans.
Although he failed to name tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has been particular vocal over his fears about the technology, many have inferred this connection.
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Google's AI chief has spoken out about what he feels are misconceptions and overstated dangers surrounding intelligent machines. John Giannandrea took particular aim at 'unreasonable concerns' over the arrival of robots that can think like humans
WHO IS JOHN GIANNANDREA?
Mr Giannandrea was born in Scotland.
During the 1990s he worked at General Magic, one of the pioneering companies of handheld devices.
Mr Giannandrea even worked on an early personal assistant similar to today's Siri.
The 53-year-old then joined Netscape and later co-founded voice-recognition firm TellMe.
In 2005, he created Metaweb, software that catalogued links between words and objects which Google bought in 2010.
While at Google, Mr Giannandrea has helped introduce and develop image recognition for Google Photos and smart reply for Google Inbox.
He was also a leading figure in Alphabet's self-driving cars scheme using machine learning to navigate streets and obstacles.
He is now senior vice president for search, machine intelligence and the web.
Mr Giannandrea made the comments during an in-depth talk at Tech Crunch's Disrupt SF conference, currently being held in San Francisco.
He told moderator Frederic Lardinois: 'I think there's a huge amount of hype around AI right now.
'There's a lot of people that are unreasonably concerned around the rise of general AI.
'Machine learning and artificial intelligence are extremely important and will revolutionise our industry.
'What we're doing is building tools like the Google search engine and making you more productive.
'I'm definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse.
'I just object to the hype and soundbites that some people are making.'
Mr Giannandrea has previously compared AI's development to the level of a four-year-old child.
During the Disrupt SF event, he stated that it has not yet even reached that level.
Despite his apparent lack of concern, and using only the euphemistic 'some people', Mr Giannandrea's comments are likely to go down badly with Musk.
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