The Search for the God Algorithm

So far no one has discovered the Master Algorithm that can reap and sort all knowledge but not for want of trying. A new book details the hunt for the modern philosopher’s stone.Tech executives are not generally known for their modest ambitions. Google’s Sergey Brin, for instance, has expressed this vision for his company: “We want Google to be the third half of your brain.” Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and inventor who is currently a Director of Engineering at Google, anticipates everything from personal flying vehicles to the uploading of human minds to computers within a few decades. It’s tempting to dismiss such claims as overheated hype meant to project an aura of brilliant innovation rather than to predict the future accurately. Zooming out from Google to technological predictions in…


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