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Sundar Pichai Sees Google's Future in the Smartest Cloud

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In other words, he hopes the new chip and the new service will set Google's cloud business apart from services offered by its main rivals, including Amazon and Microsoft, the unnamed competitive threat underlying his I/O keynote. Between its two AI labs--Google Brain, based at company headquarters in Silicon Valley, and DeepMind, a London AI startup Google purchased a little more than three years ago--Google is leading the new wave of artificial intelligence research and development so rapidly changing entire industries and economies. But the company believes cloud computing--where computing power is rented over the internet to businesses and software developers--could one day bring in far more. Google built its new chip as a better way of serving its own AI services, most notably Google Translate, says Jeff Dean, the uber-engineer who oversees Google Brain, the company's main AI lab.