Futurist Ray Kurzweil Hired At Google
As chief of engineering, Kurzeil could have a huge impact on Google’s futuristic projects.
Data centers, networks and algorithms need machine learning. Kurzweil’s ideas get noticed because he’s ahead of the curve and he focuses on simple practical systems. However, machine learning has implications for the network, Google’s algorithms and the data center. Look no further than IBM and Watson for examples of how machine learning can have broad implications. Should Kurzweil boost machine learning, Google is likely to be able to draw a straight line between its infrastructure and its high-profile hire.
Language processing has big mobile implications. Kurzweil’s knowhow could on reading and talking machines could easily make its way into Android, which is already becoming very helpful on many fronts.
Google’s buzz-o-meter. Kurzweil’s work can easily be applied to the company’s efforts for self-driving cars and its high-tech glasses that could become popular at some point. Kurzweil gives Google some science fiction becomes reality cred. The buzz is hard to measure, but it’s certainly not a bad perk for the company.