Singularity Hub Editor Keith Kleiner checks in with Ray about his first two months of work with Google.
According to Ray, natural language understanding is “the most important part of artificial intelligence. When Alan Turing defined the artificial intelligence field in 1950, he focused on natural language…if a computer can be indistinguishable from a human just in terms of written language communication, at least in his view, this was operating at the full range of human intelligence. I accept that view.”
Ray also provided more insight into how he ended up at Google in the first place, considering that he could have started yet another company but chose to become an employee of another company for the first time in his life. “Larry Page recruited me. I met with him about my book How To Create A Mind in July. I said I wanted to do a project and start a company based on these ideas. He convinced me to do it at Google because the resources I would need were uniquely at Google.” He added, ”The wisdom of Larry’s counsel has really deepened for me in the two months that I’ve been there.”