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Google is now using a computer algorithm to predict who will win the 2016 US presidential election, according to the company’s top executive.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a letter to employees on Monday that the software has been used to predict the outcome of the presidential election.
“We used a variety of data sources and approaches to try to predict what the next President of the United States would be, but we never expected that a computer could do that,” Pichakai wrote.
“This is why we are so excited about this new technology.
We know how important it is for people to know who they voted for, how they voted and how they are voting on November 8.”
The letter also said that it was “important to note that there are no direct comparisons between the results of this computer program and the election results that actually took place”.
Pichai was asked by reporters in California if he would be surprised if a computer predicted that Mr Trump would win the US presidency in 2020.
“I would be shocked,” he replied.
“But I’m also very comfortable that if we can find some ways of getting this information into our data centers, we can be able to better serve our customers and our business partners and give them accurate information on how to get to the polls.”
A software program that predicts elections has been in use since 1996.
Google said the program was used to help predict the winner of the 2000 election and was developed by a group of engineers who had worked on its machine learning technology.
It said that the data was gathered through Google’s “DeepMind” machine learning system, which uses artificial intelligence to understand natural language.
“DeepMind is a Google company and DeepMind is an AI system,” a Google spokesperson said in an email.
“Our data analysis process was built around a set of algorithms that were built by DeepMind to understand the meaning of words, phrases and images in natural language, as well as other kinds of data.”
These algorithms were developed by Google to be able not only to identify trends in the data but also to provide insights into how our customers use our services.
“The election of Mr Trump in November 2016 was widely seen as a victory for the “alt-right” and its populist, nationalist, anti-establishment politics, which Mr Trump described as “the voice of America”.
Mr Pichalkai’s letter to his employees said that while Google has had access to the software for the past five years, the company was also “deeply committed” to ensuring its data was protected.”
“We also employ stringent security measures for our data storage and processing, including policies that require that data stored on Google servers not be deleted or moved or that it be encrypted to prevent unauthorized access.””
In addition, we also regularly review and update our security measures to improve the security of our data. “
We also employ stringent security measures for our data storage and processing, including policies that require that data stored on Google servers not be deleted or moved or that it be encrypted to prevent unauthorized access.”
In addition, we also regularly review and update our security measures to improve the security of our data.
“Google’s data security is also strengthened through our policies and practices to ensure that we have procedures in place to ensure the security and integrity of our systems.”
Google said it had made “significant investments” in data security in recent years and was “committed to protecting users’ data”.
“We work closely with our partners to implement and maintain our privacy and security policies, including in response to threats to our data,” the company said.
Google’s president and chief operating officer, Sundar Parthasarathy, wrote on Twitter that the company had seen the “huge” impact of artificial intelligence in the US presidential elections.
“Big data, big data, is now the new normal,” he said.
“It is time to use technology like deep learning to help shape the future of politics.”
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