Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says

By | February 23, 2014
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Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says

Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering at Google, believes that the tech behemoth will soon know you even better than your spouse does.

Kurzweil, who Bill Gates has reportedly called “the best person [he knows] at predicting the future of artificial intelligence,” told the Observer in a recent interview that he is working with Google to create a computer system that will be able to intimately understand human beings.

(Read Kurzweil’s full interview with the Observer here.)

“I have a one-sentence spec which is to help bring natural language understanding to Google,” the 66-year-old tech whiz told the news outlet of his job. “My project is ultimately to base search on really understanding what the language means.”

“When you write an article, you’re not creating an interesting collection of words,” he continued. “You have something to say and Google is devoted to intelligently organizing and processing the world’s information. The message in your article is information, and the computers are not picking up on that. So we would want them to read everything on the web and every page of every book, then be able to engage in intelligent dialogue with the user to be able to answer their questions.”

In short, the Observer writes, Kurzweil believes that Google will soon “know the answer to your question before you have asked it. It will have read every email you’ve ever written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself.”

As creepy as this may sound to some, Kurzweil — who has long contended that computers will outsmart us by 2029 — believes that the improvement of artificial intelligence is merely the next step in our evolution.

You can read the entire Huffington Post article at http://goo.gl/ZXY0iQ

4 thoughts on “Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says

  1. Bigart

    Well, ahhhhhhhh, ahem, that Grugle komputer will no outsmarts me on nothing as I is moreso able to diagnoose all tings im komputing if i kin find sum ting dumer as i m to smart out mechines.

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  2. Muriel S.

    Trouble is they’re serious. I have already stopped sending “newsy” emails to friends and family, and gone back to snailmail. Amazon has teamed up with the CIA. Now Google actually ADMITS they will be READING all our emails, if they aren’t already. The NSA claims they only collect who writes to whom, when, and where. The courts have given ISP’s permission to do anything they want. The FCC doesn’t seem to care much. I won’t go on, except to say the list is growing, and the next generation unfortunately will think this is OK because it’s the “norm”.

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  3. Jean

    Maybe the answer is to change one’s browser and search engine and separate ourselves from google. Notice it said “artificial intelligence”. I’m sure this will never enable Google to know one better than one’s spouse. Kursweil might be smart but, he also has delusions of grandeur.

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