skeptical? or just realistic.
Humans ultimately run/program Google.
I place my "faith" in humans.
Or more precisely in the ENTIRE history of humankind.
The bigger the company, the more humans involved.
The more humans involved, the less likely anything "innovative" is created.
The bigger the company, the greater the possibility anything "innovative" will be squashed, screwed up, messed around with, or ruined.
This is why I continually point out the differences between
GOOGLE the brilliant college-project brain child of 2 geniuses
GOOGLE THE COMPANY
(yes, they are 2 DIFFERENT animals)
People can argue this point until they're blue in the face, and I can simply point to every single company, government, country and "perfect" idealistic THEORY since the beginning of time as my counter-argument.
And value comes from humans.
Not automated bots "trying to figure out" what things mean.
VALUES change, adapt, become important, become meaningless depending on the individual person, the individual person and their interaction with their culture, and the culture itself.
Its NOT static. It's not even TRUTH.
You are trying to "capture" the unexplainable, paradoxical ever-changing, always-static mystery of LIFE/VALUES/HUMANS with 0's and 1's?
Good luck with that!
Human brains with their multitude of complexity, infinitely more adaptable and interconnected than any "half-million servers," have failed at this same "goal" since the beginning of time.
But Goog and their super-brilliant PHD's, who can't even figure out what my page is about, are on the cusp of AI?
I've heard this argument in a multitude of forms on this and other boards since Google started.
As Oliver said... let's just get the algo to figure out what my little pages are about first WITHOUT HUMAN INPUT (ie links). Then we can work on advancing humanity into the singularity.
Again, these are REPRESENTATIONAL ABSTRACTS of a thing.
They are NOT the THING itself.
They can NEVER capture the essence of the THING itself.
They can only point to the THING, which is then FURTHER "un-THING-ed" by the VALUES AND INTERPRETATIONS of the individual using that language abstract.
No one's even talking about the same THING when they use language.
And mathematical theorist and philosophers for centuries, have already acknowledged that math only POINTS to the TRUTH.
It's is NOT the TRUTH itself.
And since humankind is what it is, Google's "glory" will change and adapt, be meaningful and then become meaningless over time.
I can promise you that.
Indeed, and Goog as a CORPORATE culture goes out of their way to make sure no one sees the smiles, sunshine, or rainbow farting....lest the competitors steal their secret sauce and the evil webmasters corrupt their results.
This doesn't point to a company that's interested in "changing the world"...this points to a company that's worried about it's bottomline... money.
Better yet, creating AI and then only using it to get higher profit margins on their ADS. ;)
No COMPANY is EVER going to create, discover, find, AI.
It will be the single (or small group) researcher, geek, nerd who TRULY wants to "change the world" ..... much like Serg and Larry when they FIRST started.