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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: 2) by maxwell demon on Monday February 24 2014, @08:35PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2014, @08:35PM (#6148) Journal

    A world of AI [...]; it's statistically more likely to resemble [...] an Amish community.

    I really cannot imagine an AI without modern technology. Indeed, I'm pretty sure it could not exist.

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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Monday February 24 2014, @09:36PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2014, @09:36PM (#6205)

    I'm writing about their self imposed limit. I probably will fail to do them justice, but I gather its something like "its irreverent to use post 1800 technology". Combined with a lifestyle and social order most would consider nostalgic.

    I could totally imagine an AI with peculiar beliefs such that it finds numerical integration of equations to be a moral and ethical and dare I suggest ... religious? abomination. Or it finds a society based on source route bridging to be socially superior to BGP, again for its own peculiar self designed and imposed moral/ethical/religious viewpoints.