Sunday, November 13, 2005

Edge: TURING'S CATHEDRAL by George Dyson

Even while the political storm gathers and blows, it may be that innovation and progress is leading inevitably to something more transcendant than climate change.

Edge: TURING'S CATHEDRAL by George Dyson: "My visit to Google? Despite the whimsical furniture and other toys, I felt I was entering a 14th-century cathedral — not in the 14th century but in the 12th century, while it was being built. Everyone was busy carving one stone here and another stone there, with some invisible architect getting everything to fit. The mood was playful, yet there was a palpable reverence in the air. 'We are not scanning all those books to be read by people,' explained one of my hosts after my talk. 'We are scanning them to be read by an AI.'"

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