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Old January 27 2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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Re: Kurzweil at Google

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Kurzweil’s work at Google will likely intersect strongly with Google’s X Lab, currently overseen by co-founder Sergei Brin. X Lab is basically a secret skunkworks facility that’s reportedly working on everything from a space elevator to technology aimed at making a wide range of everyday devices fully accessible (and interactive with) the Internet. (X Lab spawned Google’s driverless cars and wearable goggles.) Kurzweil has only said he’ll be working on “new projects involving machine learning and language processing;” that seems to tie in very neatly with X lab work reportedly underway on neural networks capable of learning, understanding speech, and analyzing audio, video, and other media.
These are technologies predicted by Kurzweil, and by a certain timeline, it seems appropriate he can influence their continued development.
Considering Kurzweil is a much better inventor than he is a futurist -- and considering the majority of his predictions have failed to come true -- I'd bet on his ability to INVENT those technologies before his ability to predict their development... or, for that matter, their practicality.
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