Sunder Pichai’s life story is remarkable, and her rise to the top of Google is a recognition of India’s position in the global tech industry – and a positive reminder of the infamous “American Dream.”
Pichai was born and educated in Chennai, India. He was captain of his school’s cricket team, which led him to win regional competitions.
He studied metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). According to one of his tutors, quoted in The Times of India, Pichai was “the brightest of his lot”.
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He has obviously used his talent to great effect at Google, which he joined in 2004. Products under his watch include Google’s web browser, Chrome, as well as the Android mobile operating system.
Android is by far the world’s most popular mobile operating system (OS) – perhaps more surprisingly, Pichai’s family didn’t own a phone until he was 12.
According to a profile in Bloomberg magazine, Pichai’s past was modest. Her family lived in a two-room apartment. Pichai didn’t have a bedroom – he slept on the living room floor, just like his younger brother.
The family did not own a television or a car.
But Pichai’s father planted the seeds of the technology in his son’s mind, in part thanks to his work at the British conglomerate General Electric Company (not to be confused with the American General Electric).
“I used to come home and tell him a lot about my workday and the challenges I was facing,” Regunatha Pichai told Bloomberg, adding that Sundar had a remarkable talent for remembering numbers. phone.
After graduating from IIT Kharagpur, Pichai was offered a scholarship to Stanford, the ultimate breeding ground for tech geniuses. The plane ticket to America cost more than his father’s annual salary.
At Google, Pichai is described as someone who speaks quietly and is highly regarded. He’s also very popular among developers – he runs Google’s annual developer event, I / O.
Until now, its responsibilities have boiled down to traditional Google products – which make the most money. They include research, advertising, and maps, among others.
All of Silicon Valley was on him
Spotted by the other giants of the Silicon Valley net, Sundar Pichai was approached by Twitter in 2011, and Google would have granted him an exceptional bonus of 50 million dollars (45.5 million euros) to retain him, says Le World.
His name still came up, says the daily, when Microsoft was looking for a new boss (it is also another man born in India, Satya Nadella, who was appointed in February 2014 at the head of the company). By appointing Sundar Pichai general manager on August 10, Google has given itself the means to retain him permanently in Mountain View.
What does Alphabet do?
Alphabet Inc was formed in 2015 after Google revamped its business to make it “cleaner and more responsible.”
Google itself has become a subsidiary of Alphabet, and its division which deals with products such as Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and the Android mobile phone platform.
Other companies that were previously owned by Google have been turned into subsidiaries of Alphabet.
Waymo – an autonomous car
Waymo started in 2009 as a Google project to build an autonomous car. It is now managed as a separate company from Google, also dependent on the parent company Alphabet.
It launched its first commercial service in December 2018, offering people in Phoenix, Arizona, autonomous robo-taxi rides.
The company says it has more than 1,000 riders and that its self-driving cars have driven more than 10 million kilometers on public roads.
Calico -health-focused research and development company in 2013
Google launched its health-focused research and development company in 2013, according to the announcement made by Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Alphabet. Its work would revolve around the research fields “health and well-being, in particular, the challenge of aging and associated diseases”.
“We are scientists in the fields of medicine, drug development, molecular biology and genetics,” the company says on its website.
“We are tackling aging, one of life’s greatest mysteries.”
Sidewalk Labs wanted to develop a 190-acre (0.7 km2) site, but only got permission for 12 acres.
And all the data the company collects from its sensors should be treated as public good.
DeepMind acquired by Google in 2014
Acquired by Google in 2014, DeepMind is a UK-based company that conducts research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Employees: 1,000+ as of June 2020, headquarters in London.
It’s software AlphaGo beat world champions in the old game of Go.
This led to a Go master withdrawing from the game because he believed the AI couldn’t be beaten.
And in October, he said his AlphaStar program had reached the Premier League of one of the most popular esports video games, Starcraft 2.
He hopes AlphaStar and other projects will help him develop other AI tools that should benefit humanity.
Wing – is Alphabet’s drone delivery service.
The wing is Alphabet’s drone delivery service. It launched its first commercial service in April, delivering take-out food, coffee, and medicine by drone to around 100 homes in Canberra, Australia.
It has been testing its drones in Australia since 2014, but many locals have complained about the noise.
Wing said the feedback obtained during her testing had been “valuable” and that she hoped “to continue the discussions.”
Loon – a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2018
Created by Google’s X research lab in 2011, Loon became a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2018.
The aim is to provide internet access in areas with poor connectivity, by floating internet access points that run on solar energy in areas where it would be too expensive to build telephone towers.
Previously, the company had let mobile operators in Peru and Puerto Rico use its balloons for free, when the telephone towers were damaged by natural disasters.
Each of the giant helium balls is the size of a tennis court, but their lifespan is only five months, as the plastic breaks down.
Some aviation authorities have also expressed concerns about balloon safety.
Source of information:
BBC, Forbes Magazine