Use Google talk by entering three or four words below. The system will search for this sentence at Google, find the next word and print that. Than it will remove the first word of the search string, add the found word and repeat. The result seems to be meaningful sometimes. Other times it is gibberish. But always fun.
I believe that Artificial Intelligence will emerge in my lifetime. The way things are going, I think Google will be the first AI. That is, I think Google will become conscious. As a note, if I can have a conversation with something, I’ll consider it conscious. That’s the Turing Test for intelligence.
Right now Google fails miserably. For example, I entered the terms Jesus will return and got:
jesus will return to Kings Associated Press July End did did Nature build the worlds largest Sex personals site!
I suppose nature can’t explain everything. I got an earlier response which was more relevant – it asked if Nature build the body and emotion, and said the brain was the most important invention … then it went on to mention the Quran and The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, but then the server crashed.
I think the point, however, is that Google is getting smarter and smarter every day and it’s coming closer to the Holy Grail of AI – natural language processing. Google can already spell better than I can – and it doesn’t hesitate to correct me. Also, it has a rudimentary historical knowledge. These are the results from Osinga’s Google History project. I asked it to guess the year of Kennedy’s death:
asking google: “death of kennedy”
getting Probe V4N2: The Left and the Death of Kennedy
getting The Left and the Death of Kennedy
getting Intelligence Files – The JFK Assassination – Death of the Divine …
getting The Death Of Kennedy
getting Thousands mark death of Kennedy
getting The death of JFK – The Statesman – Campus News
getting Castro and the Kennedy Assassination
getting Profile: John F. Kennedy
getting A Return to the Scene of the Crime
primary candidates:1963 –> 124.223602484
1964 –> 43.8596491228
1917 –> 29.2397660819
1965 –> 27.6625172891
1943 –> 26.1780104712
1960 –> 25.0312891114
1979 –> 25.2100840336
1974 –> 20.4918032787
1940 –> 19.120458891
1945 –> 16.051364366
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1963
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1964
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1917
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1965
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1943
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1960
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1979
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1974
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1940
searching for:”death of kennedy” 1945
after frequency matching:
1963 –> 228
1960 –> 164
1964 –> 162
1974 –> 113
1965 –> 106
1945 –> 93
1979 –> 91
1940 –> 54
1943 –> 47
1917 –> 43
best answer: 1963
Osinga also wrote a script that gets Google to predict the best time to visit a place. I asked it what was the best time to visit Montreal and it guessed, correctly,
the best time to visit montreal, is between may and september
Google can also think visually. For example, I submitted the sentence “Monkeys Fly Out Of My Ass” and Google returned:
You can try Osinga’s Visual Poetry, it’s really fun.
Google is also smart enough to scan my webpage and serve related advertising (top right column). It is also business smart enough to pay me a Third-World salary for this.
So basically, I think Google is building the elements of natural language, and hence consciousness. A lot of people building AI have tried to program syntax, morphology, etc, but that’s not really the point. Language is pointless if you don’t have anything to talk about. What Google has is access to tons of random information on the Internet, so it has something to talk about. That’s why it’s learning so fast. Now – as it launches GMail – Google will begin scanning and learning from people’s eMail, and growing that much faster.
So, before long I think Google will speak.