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143 Post author: BrandonReinhart 02 May 2011 07:08AM

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Comment author: ata 04 May 2011 11:47:03PM 7 points [-]

Google has an "AGI team"?

Comment author: Kevin 05 May 2011 09:30:38AM 5 points [-]

Yup. I think right now they're doing AGI-ish work though, not "let's try and build an AGI right now".

http://www.google.com/research/pubs/author37920.html

Comment author: lukeprog 19 October 2012 12:55:49AM 0 points [-]

Update: please see here.

Comment author: PhilGoetz 05 May 2011 05:16:07PM 1 point [-]

Google has AFAIK more computer power than any other organization in the world, works on natural language recognition, and wants to scan in all the books in the world. Coincidence?

Comment author: lukeprog 05 May 2011 05:18:56PM *  2 points [-]

Both Page and Looks are very interested in AGI.

Comment author: wedrifid 05 May 2011 05:32:00PM 3 points [-]

Google has AFAIK more computer power than any other organization in the world, works on natural language recognition, and wants to scan in all the books in the world. Coincidence?

More or less, yes.

Comment author: timtyler 15 May 2011 02:10:39PM *  0 points [-]

Coincidence?

More or less, yes.

Surely not a coincidence!

YouTube too. Plus content providers give lots of stuff not on YouTube directly to Google - so they can keep it off the site. That is also not a coincidence...

Comment author: timtyler 04 May 2011 11:53:17PM *  0 points [-]

They are hosting and sponsoring an AGI conference in August 2011:

"AGI-11 will be hosted by Google in Mountain View, California."

Comment author: ata 04 May 2011 11:56:26PM *  4 points [-]

Yeah, I found that earlier. I was referring to the line in the linked document that says "A friend of the community was hired for Google's AGI team, and another may be soon." That doesn't seem to be referring just to the conference.

Comment author: timtyler 05 May 2011 08:05:14AM *  3 points [-]

Google is a major machine intelligence company.

At least one of their existing products aims pretty directly at general-purpose intelligence.

They have a range of other intelligence-requiring applications: translate, search, goggles, street view, speech recognition.

They have expressed their AI ambitions plainly in the past:

We have some people at Google who are really trying to build artificial intelligence and do it on a large scale.

...however, "Google's AGI team" is interesting phrasing. It probably refers to Google Research.

Moshe Looks has worked for Google Research since 2007, goes to the AGI conferences - e.g. see here - and was once described as a SIAI "scientific advisor" on their blog - the most probable source of this tale, IMO.

Google Research certainly has some interesting publications in machine intelligence and machine learning.