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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 c0lo on Monday February 24 2014, @11:49AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2014, @11:49AM (#5751) Journal

    We cannot even define consciousness. How are we going to recognize it if it ever presents itself?

    Easy, because it/she/he will start asking interesting questions, specially about him/her/itself. At this point you have a conscious intelligent being.

    Whooa there cowboy, hold your horses.
    I can guarantee you all the primates now in existence are self-conscious. However, I'm yet to hear of an ape that asks interesting questions; why, a lot of the homo sapience primates would fail this probe.
    Want a proof, you say? When was the last time you had a "townhall meeting with the upper management" and how much of interest did that action awoke in you? (I mean... letting aside the excitement of being the first to shout bingo []).

  • (Score: 1) by TGV on Monday February 24 2014, @01:28PM

    by TGV (2838) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:28PM (#5783)

    I think the comment was meant in jest.