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Ray Kurzweil joins Google, the Singularity really must be close

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Ray Kurzweil joins Google, the Singularity really must be close
Futurist Ray Kurzweil is joining the team at Google. Kurzweil is most famous for making popular the idea of the "technological singularity" which predicts a time where computers will possess a "superintelligence", and it would be impossible to discern artificial intelligence from human intelligence, and that human history will eventually see a convergences of biology and technology through genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence. That sounds like something Google would be quite interested in, even if it does push us all closer to Skynet.

Kurzweil will join Google as the “Director of Engineering,” and will be working on machine learning and language processing, which sounds like he will be working closely on Google's so-called "neural network" or Google's virtual brain. As we covered before, Google's virtual brain has become a huge part of the voice recognition software, which is used extensively on Android devices for voice search, voice commands, and dictation. The virtual brain is also a key component that helps Google Now to figure out the connections between information and supply you with relevant cards. 

In announcing the news, Kurzweil said, "I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn the next decade’s ‘unrealistic’ visions into reality."

He is set to begin at Google on Monday, December 17th. 

source: Ray Kurzweil

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:07 1

1. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Give me robot arms and I'm all good.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:13 2

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I wouldn't mind robot arms, but I'm leery about robot hands. Too much chafing... :-|

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 21:31 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 9285; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao perv

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:48

4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


and legs and spine.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 02:04

9. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


ok so whats in the future....SkyNet, the Geth, or Human Augmentations....just for the record I am good with all of the above :)

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 21:33

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 9285; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Phenom I'm not so sure this guy will b good for google lol. He seems kinda out there bro.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:30 2

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Awesome. Hope he brings some cool stuff to the table.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:51

5. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


This man is.... Ahead of his time. Watch transcendent man. This is maybe the most important tech news of the year.. could turn out to be most important in our lives

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:55

6. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


My wish is to witness the singularity in this generation. Google is the one with the most potential to realize this dream.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 21:35 4

7. amiaq (Posts: 321; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


We have that singularity already!! Look at Apple fans, clones of each other.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 01:38 1

8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I don't know what to say about this..
Sounds disturbing, frankly

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 05:17

10. JussSaynMayn (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


His eyes make me uneasy. I see an iRobot scenario coming up in the future.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 13:45

11. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Be afraid... Be Very afraid!

Machines with intelligence indistinguishable from the Human intelligence... This is cool in the first sight. But it is freaking scary!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 14:50

12. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


It sounds like they are trying to get a Halo 4 future but they're skipping over a black ops 2 future, it just doesn't make sense to me.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 19:25

13. sadiq15 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


i may as well change my name to JENSEN. since we will soon be leaving in a Deus X kind of way.

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