In a speech Friday night to the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference in San Francisco, Google co-founder Larry Page let slip with a truth many Web and search gurus suspected:
“We have some people at Google [who] are really trying to build artificial intelligence (AI) and to do it on a large scale…It’s not as far off as people think.”
Page controls the largest conglomeration of computing power the world has ever seen, is building artificial intelligence, and according to Page it isn’t that far away. Page's spiritual mentors, leaders of AI true believers such as Ray Kurzweil, are predicting that the exponential growth of Moore's law will continue beyond the use of integrated circuits into technologies that will lead to technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history : we won't experience 100 years of progress in the twenty first century—it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate).
Posted by Casey Kazan.
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