Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he's 'jealous' of Jeff Bezos' upcoming space flight
Jeff Bezos' upcoming flight into space. Sundar Pichaiadmitted he was envious of his fellow tech titan in a sit-down interview with the BBC.
- Pichai also revealed he speaks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg 'as and when' he needs to.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has admitted he feels a little "jealous" of fellow tech titan Jeff Bezos' much-anticipated space flight.
The Amazon founder and his brother, Mark Bezos, plan to fly on the first human flight of the New Shepard spacecraft, designed by Jeff's space-exploration company,
The planned 11-minute trip is the company's first scheduled space-tourism flight, set to blast the crew 62 miles above the Earth's surface. Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, and he said in a 2018 interview that it was his "most important work."
In a sit-down interview with BBC journalist Amol Rajan, Google's chief exec said he envied Bezos' plans.
"Well, I'm jealous, a bit," he said. "I would love to look at Earth from space."
The comment came as part of a wide-ranging conversation with Rajan, in which Pichai described artificial intelligence as "the most profound
Asked when he last cried, Pichai - who was raised in the Tamil Nadu region of India - said: "Seeing the morgue trucks parked around the world during COVID. And seeing what's happened in India over the past month."
India's coronavirus death toll officially topped 400,000 last week, and the country's inability to get to grips with the virus made headlines globally through April and May.
Pichai also warned of threats to online freedom, revealed he currently drives a Tesla, and said he wished he had met Stephen Hawking before he died.
Asked how often he speaks with one of his major rivals, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Pichai said: "You know, as and when ... There's no periodicity to it. As and when needed."
The full interview is available now via BBC Sounds.
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