Re: Google wins

From: Tennessee Leeuwenburg (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2006 - 16:38:58 MDT

Google's search seems to me to be hardly better than it was years ago, and
there are still many subtleties for which I cannot search. I seen no
evidence of new AI (in any sense) in their online systems.

They are doing a great job of bolting together gorgeous web applications,
and seem to be content with doing that and then selling the advertising

I get the feeling that the strength of their search algorithm is its
simplicity, not its subtlety.


On 8/2/06, Richard Loosemore <> wrote:
> Shane Legg wrote:
> >
> > I don't remember exactly where I saw this (as it was some months ago,
> > possibly on an internet pod cast from some conference) but I remember
> > Norvig being asked if he thought significant advances in AI were around
> > the corner and whether Google was working on more advanced things
> > than computational linguistics etc. His answer was that he didn't
> expect
> > to see advanced AI any time soon, and that there were a few very small
> > projects in the company where people were playing around with more
> > ambitious AI technologies, but that it certainly wasn't a focus for the
> > company. At the time I took that to mean that some people were playing
> > around with some cool AI ideas during their 20% free time to work on
> > their own projects.
> >
> > Shane
> >
> If I were Norvig - having written the book that he did, and if I
> genuinely believed that this book was a summary of the best approach to
> AI - I would also be pessimistic about future advances in the field.
> Also, if I were Norvig, and if Google had a massive Skunkworks project
> to build the first AGI, I would *also* say what he said. :-)
> Richard Loosmore.

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