Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 29, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

MIT Technology Review | Is Google cornering the market on deep learning?

January 29, 2014

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MIT Technology Review — January 29, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

As advanced machine learning transitions from a primarily scientific pursuit to one with high industrial importance, Google’s bench is probably deepest.

Names it has lured from academia into full-time or part-time roles include Sebastian Thrun (who has worked on the company’s autonomous car project); Fernando Pereira, a onetime University of Pennsylvania computer scientist; Stanford’s Andrew Ng; and Singularity University boss Ray Kurzweil. [...]

The Coeur d' Alene Press | He sees the future and it’s amazing

January 28, 2014

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The Coeur d' Alene Press — January 28, 2014 | Sholeh Patrick

Move over, Nostradamus. Ray’s taking over as top prognosticator.

Kurzweil predicted when an internet would become central to daily life — back in the 1980s when few believed him. He predicted with startling accuracy when a computer could beat a world chess champion — eight years before it happened. But he also predicted the dismantling of the Soviet Union. What does Google’s genius clairvoyant say is coming? [...]… read more

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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Gizmodo | Google found an artificial brain to power its robot army

January 27, 2014

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Gizmodo — January 27, 2014 | Jamie Condliffe

According to Re/code, the acquisition was led by Larry Page, and it will add to a burgeoning AI team at Google — not least Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 to work on machine learning and language processing.

Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 27, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 27, 2014

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TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

Reuters | Google to buy artificial intelligence company DeepMind

January 27, 2014

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Reuters — January 27, 2014 | Alexei Oreskovic, Greg Roumeliotis

Google, which is working on projects including self-driving cars and robots, has become increasingly focused on artificial intelligence in recent years.

In 2012, it hired Ray Kurzweil, considered one of the leading minds in the field, and in May it announced a partnership with NASA and several universities to launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. [...]

Latin Post | Google buys artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for $400 million, is the search engine trying to take over the world?

January 27, 2014

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Latin Post — January 27, 2014 | Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

TechCrunch is also saying that this move is the latest by Google to build up its roster of artificial intelligence companies and experts in order to become dominant in the field.

“If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.… read more

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