Google One Step Closer to 'Creating a Mind': Page 2

Google buys another company that will inch them closer to building an artificial human (a.k.a. Google Now)
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MindMeld is mostly about creating an ecosystem around the technology. However, Expect Labs plans to ship the iPad app, as well as versions for iPhone and Android phones at some point in the future.

Google is a major investor in MindMeld, and I think they'll acquire the startup at some point.

So what all this about?

Researchers at Google, Yahoo, and no doubt Apple, Microsoft and others know that in order for interfaces to function like users want them to, they must interact like humans. And the only way to make them interact like humans is to get them to "think" like humans.

The key to thinking like a human, it turns out, is closely related to language. If you can get a computer to scan information, summarize it, then act on the summary in various ways -- including a concise explanation of what it's about, then you can make phones, tablets and PCs that interact with people in a way that makes users happy.

Google is already working on an artificial human assistant in the form of Google Now and the Google Knowledge Graph, which no doubt Wavii will be assimilated into.

Apple is evolving Siri into a real artificial human, which is almost certainly why they bid on Wavii.

But I think Google's project is most interesting.

Where to create a mind – Google

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been writing for years about the coming "singularity," when machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence. One of Kurzweil's books is titles: "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed."

Kurzweil isn't just predicting the creation of the mind, he intends to actually do it. That's why he was hired to work on machine learning and language processing as the new Director of Engineering at Google.

Kurzweil flat-out said that in an interview in which he said he was recruited by Google CEO Larry Page. The two had met about Kurzweil's "How to Create a Mind" book, where he told Page he intended to start a company to, essentially, "create a mind."

But Page convinced Kurzweil to do it instead at Google because Google "uniquely" had the resources -- the Knowledge Graph and the engineering expertise.

Self-driving cars. Augmented reality glasses. Google is working on all kinds of cool stuff. But I think the most breathtaking project at Google is their larger goal of creating a mind -- one that's both human, and capable of interacting with people in a natural way -- but also a machine, with total information awareness and all the knowledge of mankind at its disposal.

And it will probably be free and used by all of us. How cool is that?


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