Google Launches Pixel 2: Reaffirms its Commitment to Artificial Intelligence

The much awaited second-generation Google Pixel mobile phones are finally launched. Pixel 2 is expected to be available from October 19, 2017 and will cost $649 whereas the bigger Pixel 2 XL will go on sale from November 15th and will cost $849.

Features of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Some of the top features of the new smartphones by Google are:

  • No headphone jack on both the Pixel smartphones.
  • Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch OLED screen whereas the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch display.
  • Pixel Bud are the wireless headphones by Google that will provide a listening time of 24 hours and can translate live speech in 40 languages.
  • Google Lens, first announced in the May 2017 Google I/O event is now a standout feature of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Whether you are looking to scan a document and get all the email addresses and phone numbers in it or get any additional detail on the photo you click, Google Lens can do it all.

Google and Artificial Intelligence

One of the most important takeaways from the October 4th Google Event at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco and what resonates with the vision of the Google CEO is that the Technology giant is betting big on the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The second-gen Pixel 2 smartphones are AI-powered and that’s perhaps a tectonic shift for Google from a mobile-first to an Artificial Intelligence first company.

Google Clips is one fine example of this AI-first approach. Imagine getting those great Kodak moments of your toddler or pet captured without you having to grab your smartphone for a longer duration and wait for the right moment to press click.

The Hullabaloo Around Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or AI is now the buzzword in the Technology industry with the who’s who having an opinion on it. Here are some of these opinions by famous personalities in the world:

Elon Musk on Artificial Intelligence

Mincing no words and predicting an Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse is none other than Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.

From anticipating World War III to calling the AI revolution “Potentially more dangerous than nukes” or like “Summoning the Demon”, Musk seems to have stirred a hornet’s nest through his choice of words.

Stephen Hawkings on Artificial Intelligence

Can Artificial Intelligence End the Human Race? Yes, if you are to believe the world’s most iconic theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In an interview to BBC, Professor Hawking believes

“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” – Stephen Hawking

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on AI

One of the staunchest advocates of Artificial Intelligence is Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. In a Facebook post, Mr. Zuckerberg reveals:

“One reason I’m so optimistic about AI is that improvements in basic research improve systems across so many different fields — from diagnosing diseases to keep us healthy, to improving self-driving cars to keep us safe, and from showing you better content in News Feed to delivering you more relevant search results,”

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet Inc.

“Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We’re nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on.”

Digging Deep into Google’s DeepMind

It is no hidden secret that the Tech Giant Google is aiming to master the intersection between software, hardware, and Artificial Intelligence.

The launch of DeepMind Ethics and Society is to help explore and understand the real world implications of Artificial Intelligence and put to rest all fears around AI.

Founded in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014, DeepMind is a London-based world leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research.


Be it a transition from a simple Typewriter to the Personal Computer and then from the PC to a Tablet, the fact is that we have always resisted change and imagined the unimaginable. As humans, we are skeptics from the get-go. Like all things wonderful in the past, there might be the occasional slip up or misuse of AI technology.

Like Will Smith, we will cross the bridge when it comes!

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