On the way back from Boulder, I picked up Business Week. I read therein yet another story about Google which raises the bar, perhaps, for main stream coverage of Google paranoia. Here's the link to the story.
With all Google coverage of late, regardless of the author's affection or repulsion for the company, artificial intelligence (AI) is nearly always mentioned. The central theme of Google's AI is that massive scale, vast data sets and planet-sized computers will, eventually - almost naturally - result in AI.
This is a weak 'vision'. The reason it upsets me is that driving for scale of this type sidesteps the fundamental power to generalize. Human intelligence excels at establishing and exploiting generalizations. It is fundamental to language, reasoning, logic, philosophy, music, and thought itself.
Artificial intelligence as a term has for many reasons, been diluted over the last decade. While the behaviour of such an intelligence as envisioned by Larry Page may not be that much different from mine, evidence of the terms maltreatment can be found in some of the additional content. Here, when Schmidt (Google's CEO) is asked about AI, he notes:
Our spelling correction...is an example of AI.
To be honest, when I talk about AI, I really mean: systems that exhibit human-like intelligence (which could be far more powerful in some dimension than a human, but ultimately with a capacity to reason, conjecture, plan and execute). AI, as used by Eric Schmidt, clearly means something more like: a useful tool.