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

January 28, 2014

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Source: 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.

Memeburn | Google Glass’ real promise is among the elderly

May 2, 2013

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Source: Memeburn — May 2, 2013 | Tom Foremski

Google’s rush to Google Glass makes perfect sense, if you consider that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are 40, and 39 years old, respectively. With every day they have more and more in common with 60 year-olds than with 20 year-olds. Google Glass is an exercise in future-comforting their old age.

And so is the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, it’s to ensure that Google’s founders get a front… read more

Popular Science | Google hires Ray Kurzweil to head its engineering lab

December 17, 2012

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Source: Popular Science — December 17, 2012 | Clay Dillow

The futurist and inventor famous for his predictions on the technological singularity will be Google’s new chief of turning the theoretical future into consumer products.

At Google, Kurzweil will take the title of Director of Engineering, where he will be in charge of shaping the future by turning some of Google’s (and his own) most forward-leaning ideas into consumer products. That’s pretty exciting, given both Google’s… read more

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

April 25, 2013

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

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,… read more

PC Magazine | Google lands futurist Ray Kurzweil

December 14, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — Decmeber 14, 2012 | Damon Poeter

Google, like many top tech companies is always taking on new employees—but in landing Ray Kurzweil this week, the search giant hasn’t added your run-of-the-mill new hire.

A brilliant technologist who also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned futurists, Kurzweil announced on his blog Friday that he’ll be joining Google on Dec. 17 as a director of engineering. The 64-year-old author and inventor said he… read more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 30, 2014

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Source: 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. [...]

The News and Observer | Google Now offers glimpse of where the search giant is headed

February 10, 2013

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Source: The News and Observer — February 10, 2013 | Paul Gilster

Google Translate has many languages to work with and plenty of computer horsepower behind it. Thinking about its methods reminds me that Ray Kurzweil has now gone to work for Google. Kurzweil is an Edisonian figure who came up with the first flatbed scanner and the first machine that could read text aloud. He has created music synthesizers and made huge strides in PC speech recognition, the… read more

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

January 30, 2014

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Source: 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. [...]

Reuters | Google to buy artificial intelligence company DeepMind

January 30, 2014

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Source: 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. [...]

Daily Tech | Google wins DARPA challenge to produce terminator-like robot

December 27, 2013

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Source: Daily Tech — December 27, 2013 | Jason Mick

Google also has been acquiring talented roboticists in similar fashion. It picked up machine learning expert Professor Geoffrey Hinton, who coinvented the backpropagation and contrastive divergence training algorithms for neural networks.

Ray Kurzweil is among Google’s recent robotics-aimed additions. Ray Kurzweil, a famed proponent of a coming converged of artificial intelligence and humanity, was hired as a “Director of Engineering” at Google. [...]

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