Kurzweil’s job description consists of a one-line brief. “I don’t have a 20-page packet of instructions,” he says. “I have a one-sentence spec. Which is to help bring natural language understanding to Google. And how they do that is up to me.”
Language, he believes, is the key to everything. “And my project is ultimately to base search on really understanding what the language means. When you write an article you’re not creating an interesting collection of words. You have something to say and Google is devoted to intelligently organising and processing the world’s information. The message in your article is information, and the computers are not picking up on that. So we would like to actually have the computers read. We want them to read everything on the web and every page of every book, then be able to engage an intelligent dialogue with the user to be able to answer their questions.”
Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, he says. It will have read every email you’ve ever written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself.
Apparently, Transcedence is closer than we thought. What if in 20 years we won’t be needing our brains any longer? I worry myself with that thought, and I bet you do too. But this should not be the case. Think of this future as being a new cage for the all the apes in the cage. Wouldn’t you like to try out that new swing?
I recommend to all of you who still enjoy cartoons/anime, or simply a good story, to watch “Psycho Pass” an anime which debates on two main themes:
- Has technology overtaken human kind?
- Good versus evil
To read the full article from Guardian, follow this link: Are the robots about to rise?