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Robots will outsmart humans within 15 years, Google director claims

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/24/2014 (3 years ago)
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Computers will develop memories in order to make intelligent conversation, Ray Kurzweil predicts

Computers and robots will become smarter and more adept than human beings in 15 years time, Google's artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil predicts. Computers eventually develop an almost-organic intelligence gleaned from experience, and will be able to tell jokes and flirt with humans, Kurzweil says.

Boston Dynamics makes the LS3 walker robot, which resembles a horse, and can navigate almost any terrain including steep slopes, rocky ground and dense vegetation.

Boston Dynamics makes the LS3 walker robot, which resembles a horse, and can navigate almost any terrain including steep slopes, rocky ground and dense vegetation.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
2/24/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Ray Kurzweil, Google, ariticial intelligence, movie Her


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Internet search giant Google has spent billions buying up the world's top robotics companies. These corporations include DeepMind, a British company which specializes in machine learning, and Boston Dynamics, which makes advanced military robots.

Kurzweil was recruited to Google in 2012 to improve Google's A.I. - with the aim of the search engine understanding what we are looking for better than we do.

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An entrepreneur and futurologist, the 66-year-old Kurzweil predicted the rise of the Internet and that a world chess champion would one day be beaten by a computer. He now says that machines will outsmart their makers by 2029.
 
"My project is ultimately to base search on really understanding what the language means," Kurzweil said in a recent interview.

"When you write an article, you're not creating an interesting collection of words. You have something to say and Google is devoted to intelligently organizing and processing the world's information.

"We want [computers] to read everything on the web and every page of every book, and then be able to engage in intelligent dialogue with the user to be able to answer their questions."

Boston Dynamics makes the LS3 walker robot, which resembles a horse, and can navigate almost any terrain including steep slopes, rocky ground and dense vegetation.

Google has also purchased smart thermostat company Nest Labs, which has developed an alarm which is able to speak to owners, telling them where in their house smoke is and what is causing it.

Kurzweil first gained notoriety for his theory of "the singularity," the moment when computers and humans will effectively become the same thing.

He predicted in 1990 that a world chess champion would be defeated by computer in 1998, when in truth reality it had been accomplished two years earlier when in 1996 IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov.

He also foresaw the future uses of the Internet in the days when it was still an obscure program being used by academics to store research data.

Kurzweil now predicts that the "Turing test" moment - when computers become cleverer than us - will be passed in 2029. It all calls to mind the plot of new Oscar-nominated film "Her," in which the main character falls in love with his new computer operating system "Samantha" which can hold a conversation.

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