Home Industry Development Will robots outsmart humans in 15 years?
Will robots outsmart humans in 15 years? Featured

One of the world's leading artificial intelligence experts has predicted that in 15 years’ time computers will outsmart humans and even be able to tell stories and crack jokes.

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil has said machines will outsmart their makers by 2029, and if anyone knows... it's him.

Kurzweil is currently working on a project with Google which will allow computers to fully understand language and learn from experience, meaning flirting, 

The prediction comes at the same time Google assembles the largest artificial intelligence laboratory on Earth and is heavily rumoured to be using this old massive NASA hangar for the job. 

Kurzweil has a pedigree in the prediction business. The 66-year-old said in 1990 that a computer would be capable of beating a chess champion by 1998, and this was achieved by IBM's Deep Blue, against Garry Kasparov, in 1997.

And when the Internet was still a tiny system used only by a small collection of academics, Kurzweil anticipated it would soon make it possible to link up the whole world.

Google has been making big strides in the AI sphere, having recently acquired Boston Dynamics, an advanced military robot company, as well as British start-up DeepMind, which specialises in machine learning.

Boston Dynamics has made many prototypes of the military, including the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), a robotic mule for the US Marines.

Kurzweil however said his goal, rather than anything to do with military robots, was to work on programs that allow computers to understand what humans are saying, which "represents the sum total of internet usage."

"My project is ultimately to base search on really understanding what the language means," he told the Guardian in an interview.

"When you write an article, you're not creating an interesting collection of words. 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."

FREE WHITEPAPER - RISKS OF MOVING DATABASES TO VMWARE

VMware changed the rules about the server resources required to keep a database responding

It's now more difficult for DBAs to see interaction between the database and server resources

This whitepaper highlights the key differences between performance management between physical and virtual servers, and maps out the five most common trouble spots when moving production databases to VMware

1. Innacurate metrics
2. Dynamic resource allocation
3. No control over Host Resources
4. Limited DBA visibility
5. Mutual ignorance

Don't move your database to VMware before learning about these potential risks, download this FREE Whitepaper now!

DOWNLOAD!

David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun.

Connect