Most executives talk about AI like it’s just another thing that’s included in the box or in its cloud; it’s a buzzword, a tick box on a spec sheet slotted in right after the processor. But Pichai is intent on pressing Google’s advantage in AI — not just by integrating AI features into every product it makes, but by making products that are themselves inspired by AI, products that wouldn’t be conceivable without it.

There’s no better example of that than Google Clips, a tiny little camera that automatically captures seven-second moving photos of things it finds “interesting.” It’s a new way to think about photography, one that leverages Google’s ability to do lots of different AI tasks: recognize faces, recognize “bad” photos, recognize “interesting” content. It’s simply applied to your own pictures instead of content on the internet.

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