Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is generally regarded as one of the world’s top engineers working on Artificial Intelligence, and he’s certainly the world’s top *evangelist* for AI, arguing that general AI, or thinking machines, will inevitably arise, and fairly soon, as another step down the evolutionary path of the human species. His book “The Singularity is Near”, is the key popular work addressing what many believe will become the biggest technological theme in history – the creation of an intelligent computer that is capable of human-like thought processes.
Bill Gates has called Ray Kurzweil the leading thinker in the area of artificial intelligence.
Google very recently hired Kurzweil as Director of Engineering, promising a marriage of his ideas with the company that is probably best suited to fund and deploy general AI applications.
Here, in an interview at Singularity Hub, Kurzweil discusses Google’s role in the advancement of AI:
Ray Kurzweil On Future of AI at Google: