Google’s Peter Norvig on “Strong AI” and other technology topics. Peter Norvig is a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, and in this video answers a question about “strong AI”. His take on the topic is a bit different and I’d say more skeptical than folks like Ray Kurzweil who are both optimistic and very enthusiastic about the prospects for a technological singularity in the near future. Norvig is considerably more cautious, suggesting that the issue of “consciousness” is not even all that relevant. I spoke with Norvig briefly at a conference in 2008 and asked him about machine consciousness. There he gave me a similar answer to here – he wasn’t even sure how we could define the term. Norvig’s approach and philosophy is very practical, and like many computer engineers he seems to think “strong AI” could take some time.