lexipixel - 1:55 pm on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
News: Ray Kurzweil takes job as Google Director of Engineering. (Not kidding -- really!)
Here's a quote Kurzweil gave for a ZDnet article on why he's signing on ---
Kurzweil: "Google has demonstrated self-driving cars, and people are indeed asking questions of their Android phones. It’s easy to shrug our collective shoulders as if these technologies have always been around, but we’re really on a remarkable trajectory of quickening innovation, and Google is at the forefront of much of this development."
This fits with my read of the OP's linked story that opened this thread -- Larry and Ray building "KITT" for the 2015 version of Knight-Rider.
Google Search, (or "Paid Advertising" as it's now called), is just the cash cow to pay for all the big boy toys.
1). I hated the show Knight-Rider
2). Ray Kurzweil is a cool dude, and if I was a multi-billionairre I would hire him to help build my talking car and rocket ship too.