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posted by Dopefish on Monday February 24 2014, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the i-for-one-welcome-our-new-computer-overlords dept.

kef writes:

"By 2029, computers will be able to understand our language, learn from experience and outsmart even the most intelligent humans, according to Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil says:

Computers are on the threshold of reading and understanding the semantic content of a language, but not quite at human levels. But since they can read a million times more material than humans they can make up for that with quantity. So IBM's Watson is a pretty weak reader on each page, but it read the 200m pages of Wikipedia. And basically what I'm doing at Google is to try to go beyond what Watson could do. To do it at Google scale. Which is to say to have the computer read tens of billions of pages. Watson doesn't understand the implications of what it's reading. It's doing a sort of pattern matching. It doesn't understand that if John sold his red Volvo to Mary that involves a transaction or possession and ownership being transferred. It doesn't understand that kind of information and so we are going to actually encode that, really try to teach it to understand the meaning of what these documents are saying.

Skynet anyone?"

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  • (Score: 1) by lx on Monday February 24 2014, @10:58AM

    by lx (1915) on Monday February 24 2014, @10:58AM (#5731)

    (unfortunate side-effect of a rural upbringing, I always see "AI" as "artificial insemination")

    Are you familiar with the movie Demon Seed [] from 1977? It managed to combine both meanings and 1970s fear of computers.

  • (Score: 1) by linsane on Monday February 24 2014, @01:13PM

    by linsane (633) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:13PM (#5775)

    Never quite got round to watching that one myself, however last week watched "Her" []

    I was fully expecting it to be a bit on the weak side having read the preamble that it was about Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with his operating system, however it was very thought provoking. Scarlett Johansonn proves that she still has the magic even though she is just a dismbodied voice, well worth the time and ticket price and one that would appeal to female better halves too.

    • (Score: 1) by lx on Monday February 24 2014, @05:25PM

      by lx (1915) on Monday February 24 2014, @05:25PM (#5977)

      I'll have to watch that then. I'm always up for a bit of Scarlett.

    • (Score: 1) by metamonkey on Monday February 24 2014, @08:54PM

      by metamonkey (3174) on Monday February 24 2014, @08:54PM (#6165)

      Just a voice? What a waste of Scarlett Johansonn.

      Okay 3, 2, 1, let's jam.