Google CEO Sundar Pichai today interacted with students at Delhi University s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) where he touched upon a range of topics relating to his personal life to the company s initiatives. Just yesterday Pichai had announced several big initiatives for the Indian users. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Pichai s Q&A session at SRCC was moderated by cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle. Here are some of the highlights of Sundar Pichai s interaction with the students: Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
When will an Android version be named after an Indian dessert?
Pichai said that Google is working on the next version, Android N. We can have an online poll and if all Indian users vote, we can have an Android OS named after an Indian dessert, he responded.
What did you dream about in your childhood?
Pichai said, like most Indians he also dreamed of becoming a cricketer. He used to be huge fan of Sunil Gavaskar and later Sachin Tendulkar. However, he stressed he always loved technology, read about Silicon Valley and wanted to be a part of it. Instead of dreaming about a career, he dreamed of the destination.
Is Google a fun place or place for workaholics?
According to Pichai, Google is an amazingly fun place. When I first went to Google, I was like a kid in a candy store. You walk around and people are working on amazing things. It really stretches your mind, he said.
How has Google has managed to stay no 1?
By making sure you are innovating and building products for the future. You need to be constantly thinking about what to do next, Android is very popular and people are using smartphones, but I always think what is the next version of computing be like. Virtual reality and augmented reality are the areas we are constantly thinking about, he said.
What does he think about startups and failure?
In Silicon Valley, starting up a company and even if you fail you can wear it as a badge of honor.
You talked about cricket, but you tweet about Barcelona
While admitting that he is a football fan as well, he recalled how he used to wake up in the middle of the night to watch World Cup Soccer to watch the Brazilian team in 80s. He follows cricket and football and is a very big Barcelona and Messi fan. He also talked about recent El-Clasico, where Barcelona won 4-0 against Real Madrid.
What would you have been if not the CEO of Google?
I would still have been building software products. With an idea in mind, you can make it happen and see the outcome of what you build.
How do we adapt to be future ready with education?
Pichai appreciated the Indian culture for valuing education. He highlighted the need to encourage more creativity and also learning how to do things by hand and project-based experiments. It is also important to make sure the system doesn t penalize for being different, he said.
How will free public Wi-Fi at 400 stations benefit Google?
We are excited as it is the public Wi-Fi project and it s the largest undertaking in the world with each station over 10 million passengers. We are talking about real high-speed internet. So, you can even watch your favourite Bollywood videos in high-definition and many more things, he said.
When you bring access to Internet, it changes lives. Doing this at public places like railway stations will expose many people to the Internet for the very first time. It s all about driving awareness.
What will Google do to involve more women?
We do see women account for 1/3 of Internet usage. We recently started a pilot project Internet Saathi having women drive bicycles equipped with smartphones and tablets at the back. Women go from village to village to teach other women to go online and how to use a smartphone. Google has done this in 1,000 villages. Most women in rural areas think Internet does not apply to them. There is a big learning needed there. One of the things we can do is to get these women online, he explained.