Quote to Note: Google Glass Not Working Very Well

January 28, 2017

Here’s a quote to note. I have zero idea if the wizard Sergey Brin actually said what “Google Co Founder Sergey Brin: I Didn’t See AI Coming” said. Here’s the passage I highlighted:

Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google and one of the most successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, says he did not foresee the artificial intelligence revolution that has transformed the tech industry. “I didn’t pay attention to it at all, to be perfectly honest,” he said in a session at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. “Having been trained as a computer scientist in the 90s, everybody knew that AI didn’t work. People tried it, they tried neural nets and none of it worked.”

I liked this statement as well:

“What can these things do? We don’t really know the limits,” said Brin. “It has incredible possibilities. I think it’s impossible to forecast accurately.”

I thought Google owned a stake in Recorded Future, an outfit which specializes in predictive analytics. So Google’s fancy math, its own engineering wizards, its economists, and its own promising investments provided no alerts, insights, or prognostications?

Or, and this is interesting, did Mr. Brin, the champion of Google Glass, see through them darkly?

Stephen E Arnold, January 28, 2017


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