Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote his first Founder's Letter about the company's milestones Thursday.
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By Kerry Close
April 28, 2016

In his first Founder’s letter, Google’s new CEO highlighted the company’s latest milestones and dropped hints about the future. The note touted the tech giant’s history as a pioneer in Silicon Valley, while also waxing poetic about its romantic hopes for the future: “Technology is a democratizing force, empowering people through information,” Pinchai wrote.

The letter also contained some specifics on Google’s priorities in the short and long term. Here are five takeaways:

1. “The next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away.” As the company focuses more of its efforts and investments on the cloud and artificial intelligence, Pinchai said Google envisions that the computer itself will become no more than an “intelligent assistant” that helps people with everyday tasks. “We will move from mobile first to an AI first world,” he said.

2. Your phone will become a one-stop shop for all your needs. Pinchai said the company hopes to improve upon cell phones as a way to increase worker productivity. Down the line, he wrote, “your phone should proactively bring up the right documents, schedule and map your meetings, let people know if you are late, suggest responses to messages, handle your payments and expenses.”

3. Google Photos has more than 100 million monthly active users. The application launched in 2015 to help people manage the estimated 1 trillion photos people will take each year with their phones. The program organizes photos and videos, allowing people them to easily find their media on whatever device they’re using.

4. Google plans to continue investing heavily in mobile web services. Pinchai touted the achievements Google has already made in the mobile web space, such as its Accelerated Mobile Pages project, which helps news publishers create mobile content that loads instantly. It hopes to expand upon making mobile web a “smoother, faster experience for user” by improving on its mobile Chrome browser, which recently passed 1 billion monthly active users on mobile.

5. Artificial intelligence is a company priority. The company has already invested heavily in AI tools and professionals. Pinchai pointed out that in March its AI system AlphaGo defeated professional Go master Lee Sedol. In the future, it hopes its AI systems will expand beyond winning games and facilitating day-to-day tasks, and eventually take on “bigger challenges like climate change and cancer diagnosis,” Pinchai wrote.

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