Hello, everyone. Congratulations to the 2020 graduates, as well as your parents, teachers and all the people who have helped you to this day.
I never thought that I would do my graduation speech in my backyard without a live audience. But it gives me a deeper understanding of what our YouTube creators are going through! Of course, I never thought that I would share a virtual stage with the former president, the first lady, Lady Gaga and queen bey... Let alone BTS.
I don't think it's the graduation ceremony you imagined. When you should celebrate all the knowledge you have gained, you may feel sad about what you have lost: the actions you plan, the jobs you have won, and the experiences you expect. It's hard to find hope in such a gloomy time.
So let me jump straight to the end and tell you what will happen: you will win. It's not really the end of the speech, so don't get too excited.
The reason I know you will win is that a lot of people have done it before you. A hundred years ago, the class that graduated in 1920 entered the end of a deadly pandemic. Fifty years ago, the 1970 graduates graduated in the Vietnam War. Nearly 20 years ago, 2001 graduates graduated in the months before 9 / 11.
There are many such examples. They have to overcome new challenges and in all cases they have won. The long historical curve tells us that we have every reason to hope. So, be hopeful.
I noticed an interesting trend. It is very traditional for each generation to underestimate the potential of the next generation.
Because they don't realize that the progress of one generation will become the basic premise of the next generation. And it takes a new set of people to emerge in order to realize all the possibilities.
I didn't have much access to technology in my childhood. We didn't have our first phone call until we were 10. I didn't have access to computers until I came to the United States to study as a graduate student. And our TV, when we finally have one, has only one channel. So imagine how amazing I am talking to you today on a platform with millions of channels.
By contrast, you have grown up with a variety of computers. It is not surprising for you to be able to ask the computer any questions anywhere -- what I have been doing for the past decade. It doesn't matter, it does n' t make me feel sad, it makes me full of hope.
About technology, there may be something that makes you feel depressed and makes you impatient. Don't lose this impatience. It will create the next technological revolution and enable you to build things that our generation can not dream of. You may be equally frustrated by the attitude of our generation towards climate change or education. Be patient. It will create the progress the world needs.
You will make the world a better place in your own way. Even if you don't know how. The most important thing is to have an open mind so that you can find what you like.
For me, it's technology. The more my family has access to technology, the better our lives are. So when I graduated, I knew I wanted to do something to bring technology to as many people as possible. At that time, I thought I could achieve this by helping to make better semiconductors. I mean, what's more exciting than that?
My father spent the equivalent of a year's salary to buy my ticket to the United States so that I could go to Stanford University. It was my first flight. But when I finally landed in California, it wasn't as I thought it would be. House prices are expensive in the United States. It costs more than $2 a minute to call home, and the price of a backpack is equivalent to my dad's monthly salary in India.
Although California's beaches are warm... The water there is cold. Most of all, I miss my family, my friends and my girlfriend in India - now my wife.
Pichai in the graduate period of Stanford University
In the meantime, one bright spot I found was computers. This is the first time in my life that I can use a computer at any time. It was a complete surprise to me. At the same time, the Internet was really built around me. The year I came to Stanford University, the year the browser mosaic was released, will make the world wide web and the Internet popular.
The summer I left, one named Sergei
It took me a while to realize that the Internet will be the only best way for more people to access technology. When I realized this, I changed my direction and decided to pursue my dream at Google.
Inspired by the miracle that the first browser created for me, I led the launch of a browser called chrome in 2009, and helped Google develop affordable laptops and mobile phones, so that growing students, in any community or village in any part of the world, can get the same information as all of you.
If I keep on studying in graduate school, I may get my doctorate today - which will make my parents very proud. But I may miss the opportunity to bring the benefits of technology to many people.
Of course, I will not stand here as CEO of Google to talk to you. Believe me, when I first landed in California 27 years ago, I didn't expect that. The only thing that got me there from here, apart from luck, was my passion for technology and an open mind.
So take the time to find something more exciting than anything else in the world. Not what your parents want you to do, or what all your friends are doing, or what society expects of you
I know you got a lot of advice today. So let me leave my advice to you.
Be open... Be patient... Be hopeful.
If you can do that, history will remember the 2020 graduates, not because of what you lost, but because of what you changed.
You have a chance to change everything. I'm optimistic about that. You will.