December 27, 2012 16:32
Google hired futurologist. Director of Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of the corporation was Ray Kurzweil.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kurzweil — eminent inventor and scientist. He is the author of numerous developments in the field of character recognition, the inventor of the first flatbed scanner machines for voice playback of printed text for the blind and speech synthesizer.
The general public is more known as Kurzweil futurist and advocate of the concept of technological singularity, which has developed one of the first American mathematician and science fiction writer Vernon Vinge.
According to his idea, the development of technology will inevitably lead to the creation of an entity with intelligence greater than human. According to Kurzweil, a superintelligence will be created with the help of modern technology, and because of its complexity will be beyond the comprehension of the average person. As a result, the fate of civilization would be impossible to predict, based on human behavior.
Kurzweil's predictions in the subject of a Wikipedia page. He believes that in 2029 you can successfully pass the Turing test. This test determines whether the machine intelligence. Around the same time will become possible to create a virtual reality systems that interact directly with the human brain.
Kurzweil's parish in Google did not surprise analysts. According to rumors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin also long supported the theory of technological singularity. And some of Kurzweil's predictions come true embodied it in Google. This, for example, robotic vehicles that have already been hundreds of successful tests, and wearable computers Project Glass. Futurologist himself also spoke favorably about Google.
"To organize and provide intelligent access to the world's knowledge — the most important task in the world. And that Google is undoubtedly the leader, "- stated Ray Kurzweil.
Kurzweil's other predictions, which make a reality — mobile phones capable of responding to the questions of man. In particular, it is a voice assistant Siri to iPhone. By the way, Siri is based on the technology of Nuance, which we described last week. By its design Kurzweil was directly involved. About Siri, however, he said not too favorably, calling it an understanding of the human language "weak."
In Google Kurzweil will undertake projects related to machine learning and processing of linguistic data. And, most of all, to work on Google Now — personalized service and intelligent search assistant, often referred to rival Siri.
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