California: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday kicked off the Google developer conference IO 2018 in California while announcing various upgradation in its product and service offerings. Pichai, who delivered a keynote at the annual conference, spoke about everything the technology giant has been planning since last year and also announced upcoming products and enhancements. He started the speech by tendering apology for the placement of cheese on burger emoji and beer emoji which was a half-full mug with foam coming out of the top.
“I never knew so many cared about where the cheese is,” says Sundar Pichai. And surprise, surprise: he’s a vegetarian!” he said at the stage. During his keynote speech, Pichai said, “Towards the end of last year it came to my attention that we had a major bug in one of our core products. It turns out, we got the cheese wrong in our burger emoji.”
Last year, a tweet triggered a debate over the correct placement of cheese on a burger of Apple’s emoji versus Google’s. The tweet also drew Google CEO’s attention who promised to address it immediately and delivered.
Pichai also spoke about the inaccurate beer emoji which was a half-full mug with foam coming out of the top. “I don’t even want to tell you the explanation the team gave me as to why the foam is floating above the beer, but we restored the natural laws of physics,” he said at the stage. He also showed off the correct version of both the emoji at the conference.
The Google CEO also assured that its data systems are more secure and it keeps information anonymous. He further said, “Expectations for technology vary greatly depending on where you are in the world.” Talking about AI & Healthcare which can predict cardiovascular risk and detect it non-invasively, Pichai said “AI will field trials to diagnose diabetic retinopathy in developing countries.”
He further announced to launch ‘smart compose’ to all Gmail users this month and said the users will have someone completing their sentences.
The Google CEO also pitched for connecting users to businesses and said, “60 percent of businesses don’t have an online booking system set up.”
He further expressed interest in working with “organisations and journalists to help develop innovative products and programs that help the industry.”