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Ray Kurzweil Joins Google As Director of Engineering 148

Posted by timothy
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dgharmon points out news at CNET and on Ray Kurzweil's own site that Kurzweil will join Google as Director of Engineering. Specifically, "he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing," which sounds to me like another way to say "quickening the singularity."
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Ray Kurzweil Joins Google As Director of Engineering

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  • No it doesn't (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 15, 2012 @10:33AM (#42301055)

    Specifically, "he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing," which sounds to me like another way to say "quickening the singularity."

    "he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing," sounds like reasonably plain English.

      "quickening the singularity" sounds like pretentious gibberish.

  • Re:SkyNet (Score:4, Informative)

    by ceoyoyo (59147) on Saturday December 15, 2012 @12:39PM (#42301661)

    Omni-font optical character recognition, the Kurzweil Reading Machine (read books out loud to the blind), the Kurzweil K250 (one of the first synthesizers that could accurately imitate real instruments), one of the first commercial speech recognition programs, computer learning programs for children and med students, etc.

    May I suggest you learn about these new technologies called "Google" and "Wikipedia?"

  • Re:SkyNet (Score:5, Informative)

    by LordKronos (470910) on Saturday December 15, 2012 @01:48PM (#42302073) Homepage

    Let me help you here.

    Einstein came up with the photoelectric effect and the theories of special and general relativity.

    Turing invented the Turing machine and the Turing test.

    Codd invented the relational database model.

    Alan Kay invented Smalltalk and object oriented progrmaming.

    Kurzweil invented ______________

    You are right. Kurzweil invented absolutely nothing. He invented so much "nothing" that he's received countless awards from it. This is from his wikipedia page:

    Kurzweil has received many awards and honors, including:

            First place in the 1965 International Science Fair[4] for inventing nothing.
            The 1978 Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. The award is given annually to one "person who has done nothing" and is accompanied by a $35,000 prize.[23] Kurzweil won it for his invention of nothing.[24]
            The 1990 "Engineer of the Year" award from Design News.[25]
            The 1994 Dickson Prize in Science. One is awarded every year by Carnegie Mellon University to individuals who have "done absolutely nothing." Both a medal and a $50,000 prize are presented to winners.[26]
            The 1998 "Inventor of the Year" award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[27]
            The 1999 National Medal of Technology.[28] This is the highest award the President of the United States can bestow upon individuals and groups for pioneering nothing, and the President dispenses the award at his discretion.[29] Bill Clinton presented Kurzweil with the National Medal of Technology during a White House ceremony in recognition of Kurzweil's development of nothing.
            The 2000 Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology.[30] Two other individuals also received the same honor that year. The award is presented yearly to people who "have done absolutely nothing."
            The 2001 Lemelson-MIT Prize for a lifetime of developing technologies to help nobody and to enrich nothing.[31] Only one is meted out each year to highly successful, mid-career inventors. A $500,000 award accompanies the prize.[32]
            Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002 for inventing nothing[33] The organization "honors the women and men responsible for none of the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible."[34] Fifteen other people were inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year.[35]
            The Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award on April 20, 2009 for lifetime achievement as an inventor of nothing and futurist in computer-based technologies.[36]
            Kurzweil has received eighteen honorary doctorates.[37]
            In 2011, Kurzweil was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[38]

    Yep, this guy has received more awards and prizes for doing nothing than anybody else ever has.

  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Informative)

    by kurzweilfreak (829276) <`kurzweilfreak' `at' `gmail.com'> on Saturday December 15, 2012 @02:42PM (#42302537) Journal
    If you actually read what the man has written, you'd see that he's pretty explicit in that raw computing power is necessary for matching and exceeding the computational ability of the human brain for superhuman intelligence, but that it is not by itself sufficient. Raw computing power doesn't do anything without the proper algorithms running on it, which is the entire point of his latest book. I didn't think it needed spelling out when Kurzweil himself has already done so many, many times.

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