After seeing Google’s development in the last years, I couldn’t help but to come to the conclusion that Brin and Page will be the first ones that will succeed in creating a Sentient Silicon Being.
In fact a considerable amount of all people help them reaching that goal by providing knowledge and semantics. We do that collectively and yet somehow egocentrically, for our own benefit. At the same time thousands of their engineers are putting together a huge redundant network, inside an even bigger redundant network, the internet. Their influence spreads into the internet every time somebody surfs their site, installs one of their applications etc.
This is what I found by chance.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the gifted young men who founded Google while pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science at Stanford, speak frequently of their desire to turn their search engine into an artificial intelligence, a HAL-like machine that might be connected directly to our brains. “The ultimate search engine is something as smart as people—or smarter,” Page said in a speech a few years back. “For us, working on search is a way to work on artificial intelligence.” In a 2004 interview with Newsweek, Brin said, “Certainly if you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you’d be better off.” Last year, Page told a convention of scientists that Google is “really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale.” The Atlantic
All Hail The Google!
PS. Or perhaps a botnet.