Business Insider | Google is working on a search system that can understand your emotions

April 25, 2013

Source: Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some ambitious plans for search at Google.

Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.

“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords, but it still doesn’t read all these billions of web pages and book pages for semantic content,” Kurzweil said in an interview with Wired’s Steven Levy. “If you write a blog post, you’ve got something to say, you’re not just creating words and synonyms. We’d like the computers to actually pick up on that semantic meaning. If that happens, and I believe that it’s feasible, people could ask more complex questions.” […]