Artificial Intelligence : « French researchers impress me! » explains James Manyika (Google)

James Manyika, Senior Vice President for Research, Technology, and Society at Google-Alphabet, at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, on May 15, 2024. James Manyika focuses on a wide range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), the future of work, computing infrastructure, and sustainability.  - Credit:Frederic Neema/LAIF-REA / LAIF-REA / Frederic Neema/LAIF-REA POUR « LE POINT »

Securing an hour in James Manyika's ultra-packed schedule is like making an appointment with several people simultaneously. As the senior vice president in charge of research, technology, and society at Google, he oversees projects related to quantum computing, nuclear fusion, and a large portion of artificial intelligence. Born fifty-eight years ago in Zimbabwe, he reflects on the impact of this research on society. Capable of eradicating repetitive tasks, detecting certain pathologies, and preventing natural disasters, AI is shaping up to be a hurricane that will upend the future of work and geopolitics. This is a subject that fascinates James Manyika, who has long led the McKinsey Global Institute.

This technology also has the appearance of a narcissistic wound for mankind. How should humans react when their creation surpasses them in a growing number of cognitive tasks ? What happens when AI is giving wrong answers and hallucinations ? As a member of the Aspen Institute and holder of a master's degree in artificial intelligence from Oxford, Manyika also advises the UN on the subject. Above all, whereas a seminal research paper had been written by several of the researchers who were then working for the company, Google can no longer remain idle. The search engine, long cautious about this technology prone to biases and errors, must now face competition from Chinese companies like Baidu, Microsoft, and even startups such as OpenAI, Anthropic, and Perplexi [...] Lire la suite