CEO-Google Sundar Pichai on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to digitally empower India's 51 million strong small and medium business community by announcing the launch of "Digital Unlocked", a training program to empower thousands of Indian SMBs with essential digital skills. "I view that as a foundation for how we will think about things for the next many years", Pichai told TOI.
During the interaction, Pichai recalled that he thought "abey saale" was a cool way to call someone and this didn't make him popular in campus.
Sundar Pichai visited his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur and hosted questions from students in the campus.
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"In five to 10 years time frame, we will see big global software companies coming out of India and we will be used to it", he said. "When we look into India we need to focus on a few things like making Google available in different languages". It's hard to scale across India and reach that full potential which gives you resources to go compete internationally in 3-4 years. "Advances in machine learning will bring a difference in many many fields".
Often when people setup a business in India, they are not able to figure out a way to create a nice and simple website that would help them grow their business and reach out to the target customers.
Local languages: Google has started working on including more Indian languages. It's the fastest growing cause of blindness in the world using machine learning. "In 2017, we will focus on AI and machine learning research". Google search works that way. Google was working on a number of projects such as "Internet Saathi" to educate people on Internet, especially in rural areas, as well as to get them online. Primer also works offline and is now available in English and Hindi with Tamil, Telugu and Marathi versions coming shortly.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday called for a smartphone priced just $30 or Rs.2,000 so countries like India can provide more access to the Internet and digital services for people. "I feel in the years to come we will see bigger IT companies in the world from India", he opined.