The Google CEO with a name that sounds like a refreshing summer drink, Sundar Pichai, was summoned to the hallowed halls of the United States’ greatest minds, its House of Representatives. Pichai’s every word has been dissected. However, his quick exchange with a lawmaker is often overlooked. Turns out, maybe those who seek to regulate innovation are least capable, least able to understand exactly what it is they’re doing.
Google CEO Had to Explain to US Lawmakers Apple and Google are Not the Same Company
Sundar Pichai, wonderful on a hot day with a slice of lemon, was rather plain spoken. He rarely intoned when answering, giving an eerie ape of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s automated Senate testimony a while back.
Google has come under scrutiny for its dominance online, capturing a super majority of the market, and for possibly expanding into controversial markets such as China. Pichai, the company’s CEO, was in DC to explain Google’s plans going forward and to appease US representatives.
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Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa, member of the Judiciary Committee, leaned-in when confronting Pichai, recounting how certain unfavorable imagery suddenly appeared on his granddaughter’s smartphone. “How does that show up on a 7-year-old’s iPhone who’s playing a kid’s game?” he asked without a hint of irony.
Bespectacled and bearded, Pichai too leaned toward the mic when speaking, drolly answering, “Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company.” The congressman, obviously struck by the egg all over his face, excused himself by muttering the child’s phone might have been an Android.
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