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2010.08.08

AI

Filed under: ai — Tags: , , — sandokan65 @ 22:06

Google as AI

    • “Watson was right” by Dace Aitel (DailyDave mail list; 2011.04.18)

      "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Watson may never have really said it, but it's currently right. 
      (c.f. http://www.perturb.org/images/1/dilbert-unix.png )
      
      Here's the thing: If you're at Google, and you compile Hello World, it tells you that it takes about 80 cores. We're at the 
      point where we need to define what a real computer is and what it can do in terms that makes what everyone has on 
      their desk obsolete, if we want to solve real problems. The brain shift that happens when you do this is interesting - when 
      you say "I have a problem that is parallel" and your solution is to run it all at once, without even thinking about how many 
      cores it took. When for all parallel problems, O(n) == O(1) in your head, then you've made the shift.
      
      Steve Yegge has some notes on what makes a real system, but the only one I like to steal is this: Computers don't reboot. 
      If you can reboot it, it's a calculator.
      Likewise, computers don't fit in a data center. And computers are general purpose.
      Google's can drive a car. If your computer can't drive a car down I-95, then it's not a computer.
      
      I mean, if you haven't read it, you should read it now:
      http://sites.google.com/site/steveyegge2/google-at-delphi
      
      But the simple thing is this: Google has a computer, Microsoft may have a computer, the NSA most likely does, Baidu might 
      have one, Amazon probably has one. That's five.
      
      And if you don't even have a computer, how are you going to win a cyber-war?
  • “the Google at Delphi” by Todd Stumpf (Stevey’s Drunken Blog Rants; 2004.12.31) – http://sites.google.com/site/steveyegge2/google-at-delphi
  • Google as Artificial Intelligence (2004) – http://indi.ca/2004/05/google-becomes-conscious-google-as-artificial-intelligence/
  • Publications by Googlers – http://research.google.com/pubs/papers.html

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