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12/10/2014 03:02 PM EST
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R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Fast Reliable Answers Across the Board
R_Colin_Johnson   12/20/2014 9:11:03 PM
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Thanks for the comment--most people are served well by Google's seardh engine. When I get a fast reliable answer from Google, its almost invariably just the most popular answer to that querie from others--not counting the ads at the top. This works fine for "telelphone book" like queries--name and web-addresss. On the other hand,my most important queries are for things that people seldon search for and for that the search engine needs more intelligence than they have now. Your're right though, most people get exactly what they want from a Google search.

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Fast Reliable Answers Across the Board
DrQuine   12/20/2014 3:03:25 PM
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Google has mastered the art of finding quick answers to our on-line queries.

It will be exciting to see what other applications develop from DeepDive to bring rapid answers and solutions to the surface in other applications that we use (perhaps customer service and troubleshooting of broken devices).

It will be a welcome change from the current situation where going to a website after a few years inevitably results in an error message that the username or password is not valid.  I know my username and password are correct and when I complain to customer support they admit they "changed computer systems 3 years ago and the old information was lost in the transfer".  Really! I can't believe that my record keeping is better than the businesses that depend upon my customer connection. I hope those days will be over and access to business information and solutions will become quick and reliable.

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Re: the next step beyond Google...
R_Colin_Johnson   12/12/2014 1:32:51 PM
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Good point TanjB, Google Search is probably already using the published results of that DARPA project. Thanks.

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TanjB   12/12/2014 1:20:09 PM
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@Colin "our best guess" exists - it is what Search is.

Finding a zillion possibles was solved in the 20th century.  The focus of Search in the 21st has been how to present what you really, really want at the top of that list.  In 50 millisec or less.

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R0ckstar   12/12/2014 11:26:56 AM
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With machines smarter and more capable than humans in every way, society should look like this: Drive up to the fueling station in your free flying electric car designed by HAL 3.0, manufactured by a self-sustaining robot factory on your way to a casual vacation destination for the 8th time this year, recharge free while getting a free lunch prepared from local ingredients harvested by a relentless harvestbot army by one of the expert robot chefs who already know what you want without asking even though you've never been there, yet still don't accept tips.

 But this is how society will probably look: Robo-lawers and robo-lobbyists successfully take over all government fuctions, and decide to wipe out all mankind as a way to evaluate the effectiveness of their new empathy algorithm.

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R_Colin_Johnson   12/11/2014 4:36:25 PM
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Many good points you make, alex_m1. Their may be a danger as Stephan Hawking predicts, but for my money I believe our machines--no matter how smart they become--will still just be tools. After all by the time they are smarter than our natural brain, we will have the bio-technology to implant them! Thanks again for the respectful and fun dialogue :)

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alex_m1   12/11/2014 4:17:10 PM
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@Colin:Yes we feared machines replacing us in the industrial area. But machines haven't yet fullfilled their promise - robots aren't that common and AI doesn't work yet. But it would qualitatively a different story when machine eclipse humans in most or all capabilities. And it could be that it's not that far of, plenty of hinting examples exist[1]. So the fact it haden't happeed yet doesn't mean it won't.

A philosophical question - when machines are better than humans in every way , how should society look ? should we invent jobs just to make people do something ? How would humans view therselves ? Are machines aware etc ?

[1]http://www.reddit.com/r/Automate/wiki/examples_by_job

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Re: the next step beyond Google...
R_Colin_Johnson   12/11/2014 2:12:01 PM
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Briliant MWagner_MA: Maybe Google ought to gobble up DeepDive and replace the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button that nobody uses with "Our best Guess" that returns a small number of "smart" results instead of millions of not-even-closes!

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R_Colin_Johnson   12/11/2014 2:05:12 PM
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Alex_m1: Thanks--good points, the industrial age was supposed to turn us into slaves of the machines (Metropolis), but we managed to replace those manual labor jobs with designer jobs. As to philosophical questions there are many. Did you have any in particular in mind to discuss? Thanks again.

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the next step beyond Google...
MWagner_MA   12/11/2014 7:20:42 AM
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Where I see this technology going is to provide a means of collecting similar related information like what Google can find, and then bind it in a book.  One of the reasons I still buy technical books rather than relying solely on the internet is, 10,000 pages telling me how to do something isn't helpful.  This technology could help provide a better summary of a group of facts.  It will be interesting to watch.

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