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Google CEO Says Internal Rancor Over AI Due to Transparency

Sundar Pichai
Sundar PichaiPhotographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said employee dissent about Google’s artificial intelligence work seems intense because the company is so transparent.

“Part of the reason you see a lot of debate, I mean, we engage as a company,” Pichai said Thursday during a World Economic Forum discussion. “We are a lot more transparent than most other companies, and so you do see us in the middle of these issues. I take it as a sign that we allow for debate to happen around this area and we need to get better as a company. We are committed to doing so.”