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letter: with Ray Kurzweil
January 1, 2021


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Dear Ray,

I recently enjoyed your speech at the Creative Innovation conference. I hope to throw an AI question your way, since you might be especially capable of answering it — with your incredible background, not to mention your current role at Google.

Do you ever anticipate Google integrating facial recognition into its text search algorithms — so when you searched for someone’s name, it brought up not just links including their name, but also photos found through facial recognition? Regardless of whether those photos explicitly had that person’s name attached to them.

For example: if the historical figure Fredrick Douglass were still alive today, and had a social media account where he used his real picture — but not his name — could a Google search for him yield his photo from his un-labeled Twitter? Just by using the software tech of facial recognition?

Thanks and I truly appreciate it. And honestly kind of hoping the answer is no — from a privacy standpoint.


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speaker: Ray Kurzweil
event: Creative Innovation
year: 2019