Ray Kurzweil joins Google, the Singularity really must be close

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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14 Comments

1. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Give me robot arms and I'm all good.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao perv

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

and legs and spine.

9. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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 :)

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

5. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 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

6. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

7. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

10. JussSaynMayn

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

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

11. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 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!

12. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

13. sadiq15

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 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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