Every year, Larry and Sergey write a Founder’s’ Letter to their stockholders. Updating them with some of our recent highlights and sharing their vision for the future. We tried to highlight 6 key points from Google Founder’s Letter 2016.
This year, Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google shares his thoughts about the future. Letter focuses on 6 different areas. Sundar says they believe in main purpose of Google “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Search and Assistance
Mobile search has gone too far and “an increasing number of them via voice.” People expect more local and context-specific information.
Google is working to provide information at a glance through various cards. Eventually, Google Now is what the company hopes to move towards in the future: “Smart assistance should understand all of these things and be helpful at the right time, in the right way.”
Here is a statement by Sundar Pichai.
“You should be able to move seamlessly across Google services in a natural way. Get assistance that understands your context, situation, and needs. All while respecting your privacy and protecting your data.”
“The average parent has different needs than the average college student. Similarly, a user wants different help when in the car versus the living room. Smart assistance should understand all of these things and be helpful at the right time, in the right way.”
Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence
AI is the main focus of this letter. He mentions machine learning, Google’s favorite AI method, five times in the letter. He doesn’t goes in deep of AI in the letter. But makes sure to mention that Google is good with AI.
Today, web is more than just web pages. Discovery and creation of content has led to YouTube and Google Play Store. With mobile, people are watching more videos, playing more games, listening to more music, reading more books, and using more apps than ever before.
In last few years, processors and sensors have become so small and cheap that they to fit into our pockets: mobile phones. Google cardboard project is already improving virtual reality experiencing. Google now planning to go from Mobile first to AI first.
Cloud is secure, cost effective and take advantage of latest technology. Google now have a broad and growing set of enterprise offerings. Like Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Apps, Chromebooks, Android, image recognition, speech translation, maps, machine learning for customers’ proprietary data sets, and more.
Build technology for everyone
“Technology is a democratizing force” Pichai writes. Spreading the Internet to everyone, roughly three billion unconnected people worldwide. It is still a big personal priority for Pichai. And he is reforming Google to fix this problem.