Kurzweil and Google are using and blocking the singularity concept…

9 Sep

Google is real greedy evil. Its search engine is monetizing online advertisement and giving billions of search results to internet users who are all helpless with this vast amount of data. Google is just evil. Google is not giving intelligent answers to internet users as it is complained here in this news. Google is monetizing this situation and it is pure evil. Google is also monetizing singularity summit too. Here Google is sponsoring the oncoming Singularity Summit next month in New York City which is hosted by the Singularity Institute. Ray Kurzweil is co-founder of this institute and signing public invitations for the summit. Ray is working with Google for singularity which is blocked by Google Search Engine. Ray and Google are co-founders in the Singularity University too. So as you can see they pretend they are working for singularity but actually Google is monetizing the anti-singularity search engine and Ray is benefiting from this. Is Ray blind or just a pretender?

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Convergence of Ideas and the Internet Singularity

Recently I noticed a strange convergence of ideas show up through my Blogroll, so I wanted to call out a few posts.
 
Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, writes that if he could fix one problem in the world, he would give everyone the ability to understand when someone had more expertise than us on a given subject.  In another post he writes about making complicated decisions where many of the influencing factors are effectively unknown.
 
Malcom Gladwell (The author of Blink) writes about expert systems and how sometimes algorithms can be used to increase the probability that the average decision maker will make good choices.
 
Thirdly, and this is a bit older, Gary Flake often talks (and writes, and presents) about the idea of an Internet singularity, where humanity achieves a sort of critical mass that enables rapid forward progress.  

All of these ideas seemed to mesh together in my mind.  Scott Adams’ “Universal Fix” is the event horizon to the internet singularity.  People already have access to more information than they need.  The big problem is that they have way too much information.  They don’t know who to trust.  Was that Amazon review written by a paid shill, or is this product really the best?  Gladwell’s post shows how we will likely get there from here.   What we need are expert systems that are designed to sift the BS from the good information.  When I need advice on how to clean a juice stain on my carpet, or get an eyelash out of my eye I need to know that I can go to a single location and find what I need.
 
The good thing is that they have been working on the BS filter for a while now.  Google has a pretty good one built.  Microsoft is getting close to feature & relevance parity with Google.  Other players are keeping pace. 
 
The winner is going to be the company that manages to build a brand that is no longer associated with searching the internet, but rather with finding knowledge and information all over the world.  It’s a subtle distinction considering how much of the world’s knowledge is making it’s way onto the internet.  The problem is that internet search is all about research, and research isn’t always fun.  While I enjoy reading specs while considering buying a new computer, most folks would rather just be able to provide information about how they plan to use the machine and get good solid recommendations back. I know Dell and Gateway and others say “Just call us, we’ll tell you what you need”, but that is advertising, not good advice.
 
Most people go to the search engines because they have a problem to solve.  The research that entails is a means to an end, not the end itself.  Instead of spewing out pages and pages of indexed text, I need a search engine that gives me concise, correct opinions, or which points me to experts, and/or expert systems that can solve my problems better than I can.  And I need to be able to trust that no one is paying for the privilege of getting to be my “expert” so they can make a profit off me.

December 02 2006 Rick Halliha

 

 

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Ray Kurzweil, CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. Magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included him as one of the 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray has worked in such areas as music synthesis, speech and character recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, and cybernetic art. He was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. All of these pioneering technologies continue today as market leaders. His website, KurzweilAI.net, has over one million readers. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame , established by the US Patent Office. Ray has also received twelve honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents. His books include The Age of Intelligent Machines, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. Three of his books have been national best sellers. His latest best-selling book, published by Viking Press, is The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

 

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