My mission at Google is to develop natural language understanding with a team and in collaboration with other researchers at Google. Search has moved beyond just finding keywords, but it still doesn’t read all these billions of web pages and book pages for semantic content. If you write a blog post, you’ve got something to say, you’re not just creating words and synonyms. We’d like the computers to actually pick up on that semantic meaning. If that happens, and I believe that it’s feasible, people could ask more complex questions.Wired Magazine article
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Late last year, Google announced that it had teamed up with AI guru Ray Kurzweil to collaborate on AI applications both in search and elsewhere. Last week, Kurzweil hosted a Google Hangout, and then sat for an interview with Wired Magazine. Among the highlights was his description of what he is doing for Google:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
National Robotics Week continues this week (and through April 14th, although events continue throughout the month of April.)
For more info see:
National Robotics Week website
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Daily Beast estimates that a typical farming droid will cost under $10,000, and can pay for itself in short order.
No word on whether any farmers will have need for a protocol droid.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
announced that it will begin experimenting with mounting cameras on drones to be used during telecasts. The network will begin with practice rounds and other made-for-TV events, but eventually hopes to launch the Hoverfly models to help cover tournaments from the US Open to the Ryder Cup.
A ball striking a drone would presumably be subject to the Rules of Golf: play it as it lies.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
In the wee hours of this morning, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) ended a 12+ hour "talking" filibuster to hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA Director. But the substantive reason for Paul (who was joined by a number of other Senators) was an exchange earlier in the day when Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned AG Eric Holder about the circumstances under which the President could order a drone strike on an American citizen on US soil.
Article on Rand's Filibuster
Video of Cruz-Holder Exchange