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Google Developing A.I. Search Technology For Intelligent PCs

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Famed technology inventor Ray Kurzweil working on making intelligent computers understand human language.

Technology inventor Ray Kurzweil, who recently joined Google as its director of engineering, has discussed his "ambitious" project currently in development.

Kurzweil is hoping to utilize Google's astronomical pool of data and resources to develop technology that would see intelligent computers thoroughly understanding human language. The technology would give birth to ultra-intelligent search engines that answer questions before a user asks them.

"There is no more important project than understanding intelligence and recreating it," Kurzweil said. The American inventor is responsible for both commercial speech recognition software and text-to-speech reading machines for the blind, as well as other products/services.

The project at Google is focused on developing a method for computers to understand "natural language". Kurzweil delved into how computers in this day and age are unable to determine the meanings behind words, phrases and sentences.

"It will know at a semantically deep level what you're interest in, not just the topic," he said. "It will know the specific questions and concerns you have. It will be constantly surveying all of the new knowledge that comes out every minute and bringing things to your attention that it thinks you will want."

He added that the technology will answer questions before it's asked, with the function likely be integrated into the "core technology" of devices and computers. Referring to an example, he said someone who was worried about not getting enough of a specific vitamin would see their device, although it wasn't asked directly, acknowledging that concern. Subsequently, after a few weeks it would indicate to the user that new information is available regarding that particular vitamin.

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"Privacy is obviously a huge issue, but it is already to Google," he said. "It's already exposed to a lot of private information, and they do a very good job to maintain that. I can tell you from having been there one day that that is a big message." Users are expected to accept the upcoming search technology unprecedented access to their lives as it'll act "like a friend".

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have expressed their desire to see the search engine giant ultimately becoming artificial intelligence itself. To help achieve that ambitious goal, it created the highly-protected and mysterious 'X lab', managed by Brin himself. There, the firm's leading engineers develop a slew of technology such as Project Glass and driverless cars. It's also rumored to be working on a space elevator.

"One of my favourite things is artificial intelligence, but it has gotten a very bad rap, but my prediction is that when AI happens it's going to be a lot of computation and not so much clever algorithms but just a lot of computation," Larry Page said back in 2007.

"My theory is that if you look at your programming, your DNA, it's about 600 megabytes compressed, so it's smaller than any modern operating system, smaller than Linux or Windows or anything like that, your whole operating system, that includes booting up your brain. So your program algorithms probably aren't that complicated, it's probably more about the overall computation. We have some people at Google who are trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale to make search better. Very few [other] people are working on this, and I don't think it's as far off as people think."

While Google invests in the development of advanced A.I., a UK university had warned that computers could take over the world during the next two centuries.

 

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    greghome , January 22, 2013 12:08 PM
    Skynet....
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    lassik , January 22, 2013 12:15 PM
    A PC is only as intellegent as the person behind the keyboard.
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    cats_Paw , January 22, 2013 1:43 PM
    Yes human, keep thinking that.
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    juanc , January 22, 2013 1:50 PM
    Kurzweil you ROCK! (and your synths do too). I never understood that he's quoted here and there and their synthetizers are not mentioned.
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    Onihikage , January 22, 2013 6:23 PM
    Quote:
    My theory is that if you look at your programming, your DNA, it's about 600 megabytes compressed, so it's smaller than any modern operating system, smaller than Linux or Windows or anything like that [...]

    The key word here is 'compressed'. DNA includes what are essentially instructions for how to build the computational engine of the brain, but when the structures that it encodes for coalesce, they create something with far more informational ability than the DNA that created those structures.

    I don't think the two can be compared in this way, since the brain essentially IS hardware as far as I know - hardware that is its own software.

    Okay, I'll be honest, this was partly just an excuse to comment on a Ray Kurzweil article - I love the guy :p 
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    koga73 , January 22, 2013 8:45 PM
    Yup when computers can crawl the internet and "learn" faster than humans you've got Skynet.
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    harrisonford_17 , January 22, 2013 10:48 PM
    I think the guys at Google have no idea of the width and breath of the brains abilities judging by their narrow minded statements, the magic in the brain is just crazy.
    A great mind can make or do anything without limits.
    The only limit of a great mind is the others person to understand the great mind, because of their limited abilities of the weaker mind and the ability of the weaker mind to call a brilliant mind a name.
    Weakens the brilliant mind with doubt and crippling it with other junk.
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    harrisonford_17 , January 22, 2013 10:48 PM
    I think the guys at Google have no idea of the width and breath of the brains abilities judging by their narrow minded statements, the magic in the brain is just crazy.
    A great mind can make or do anything without limits.
    The only limit of a great mind is the others person to understand the great mind, because of their limited abilities of the weaker mind and the ability of the weaker mind to call a brilliant mind a name.
    Weakens the brilliant mind with doubt and crippling it with other junk.
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    harrisonford_17 , January 22, 2013 10:51 PM
    The best known problem is making start weapon systems for the military with AI,
    Simple, they don't know the question, and can't answer it.
    Google if your looking for AI so called, looked for the right question and you will find the answer,
    By the way it is simple, it is in a very old system and google search engine is retarded, mentally of that type.
    And you make money on it.
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    deksman , January 23, 2013 6:52 AM
    greghomeSkynet....


    When will people (or algorithms) STOP projecting these ludicrous stupidities?
    Terminator is NOT an indication of real life... its a MOVIE - made by people who know next to nothing about human behavior or how technology works in the first place.

    Movies like the Terminator only serve to scare people away from technology.
    Its ludicrous.... people fear that it will somehow turn on us and kill us.
    Ugh... people... please, but please for your own sake, educate yourself on how technology works and stop catering to the movie industry whose main purpose is mindless entertainment that does little/nothing to educate people.
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    jamesfraser , January 23, 2013 5:23 PM
    This ambitious project of Kurzweil is interesting and something to look forward to. Technology really excites me a LOT...This is nothing that we should get frightened of. :) 

    James
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    Anonymous , February 28, 2013 6:21 PM
    Oh welll I'd love to see this project push through and let's see if it really works.