Ray Kurzweil, futuristic thinker, TEDTalks, SXSW speaker, and founder of Kurzweil Education Systems. He is the man who thinks he will live forever and inventor of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, developed with optical character recognition (OCR) technology and text-to-speech software for sighted and blind people.
In 2012, Larry Page hired him as the director of engineering at Google. Following my last post, Kurzweil is working on projects with machine learning (AI) and natural language processing. By 2029, Kurzweil hopes artificial intelligence will be able to recognize human emotion and advanced syntactic parsing.
For clarification, [Kurzweil]:
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.
Kurzweil is using Google as a catalyst to propel artificial intelligence into the future. With great anticipation, I can’t wait to see Google’s transcendence into machine learning research.