Sundar Pichai isn't ready for Google employees to work from home full-time
What you need to know
- Wired recently interviewed Google CEO Sundar Pichai, covering a wide range of topics.
- Pichai talked about Google's response to the pandemic, contact tracing, etc.
- Once all is said and done, Pichai doesn't see Google becoming a 100% remote company.
We talk a lot about Google here on AC, and as with any company we often discuss, it's important to have a better understanding of the people behind it. Sundar Pichai is the CEO of both Google and parent company Alphabet, meaning he's got quite a lot on his place.
The folks at Wired recently conducted an interview with Pichai, asking a variety of questions that mostly revolved around where the company stands in a world with an ongoing global pandemic.
The topic of "work from home" is one we've seen a lot given everything that's happened, and this is something Google's also had to adapt to. Commenting on Google's response to this, Pichai says:
It's been interesting to see how other major tech companies are handling work from home, with Twitter and Square announcing that employees will have the option to work from home permanently, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that 50% of the company's staff will likely be working from home full-time over the next five-ten years.
Pichai says that he expects Google will "adapt" to the new way work is conducted, but that there's still value to be had in traditional, face-to-face environments.
Another hot topic of discussion lately has been that of contact tracing. Google and Apple worked together to create the Exposure Notification API, which can help people determine if they've come in contact with someone that may have been exposed to COVID-19. In regards to how the partnership came together, Pichai says:
Two of the world's largest tech companies creating an API that can track user location obviously has a lot of people talking, and Pichai notes that he's fully aware of those concerns.
FAQ: What is the Google-Apple COVID-19 (coronavirus) Exposure Notifications system?
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.