From the Pretty Cool Department, “I’m excited to share that I’ll be joining Google as Director of Engineering this Monday, December 17,” said Kurzweil.” on his blog, Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence.
Which interestingly enough I tumbled up an ad for Second Life when I followed the link from Popular Science Mag.
“I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions. I’ve always worked to create practical systems that will make a difference in people’s lives, which is what excites me as an inventor.
“In 1999, I said that in about a decade we would see technologies such as self-driving cars and mobile phones that could answer your questions, and people criticized these predictions as unrealistic. Fast forward a decade — Google has demonstrated self-driving cars, and people are indeed asking questions of their Android phones. It’s easy to shrug our collective shoulders as if these technologies have always been around, but we’re really on a remarkable trajectory of quickening innovation, and Google is at the forefront of much of this development.
“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.”
Should be interesting. I loved this comment from D13: “Go Google. Lets see the future. Also, how do we not know the singularity is already in existence? A lot of free floating code and processors on the net today. More than enough. When its born, will it want to be seen? Will it hide?
“Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon.”
We didn’t want to tell you this, just yet, but the Singularity is a Beggar Bot. Actually all the Beggar Bots are Singularities. They have to make a living.
See NWN article on the subject.