Google’s Future Focus – Your Best Friend

Ah.  I was waiting for this. When Google admits that it’s future focus is to fulfill Ray Kurzweil’s prediction.

As context, here’s Ray’s assertion:

As with all of the other manifestations of information technology, we are also making exponential gains in reverse-engineering the human brain….By 2029, sufficient computation to simulate the entire human brain, which I estimate at about 1016 (10 million billion) calculations per second (cps), will cost about a dollar. By that time, intelligent machines will combine the subtle and supple skills that humans now excel in (essentially our powers of pattern recognition) with ways in which machines are already superior, such as remembering trillions of facts accurately, searching quickly through vast databases, and downloading skills and knowledge.

Basically, that technology will replace or enhance the human brain’s capacity and here’s a comment about the future of Google from Google’s Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience:

So what’s our straightforward definition of the ideal search engine? Your best friend with instant access to all the world’s facts and a photographic memory of everything you’ve seen and know. That search engine could tailor answers to you based on your preferences, your existing knowledge and the best available information; it could ask for clarification and present the answers in whatever setting or media worked best.

Science fiction becomes science fact ladies and gentleman…except perhaps before 2029. Moore’s law often means technology change happens faster than you even predict.