Futurist Ray Kurzweil is now working for Google as their Director of Engineering.
Kurzweil says that he’s “thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn the next decade’s ‘unrealistic’ visions into reality. This is a special hiring by Google because Kurzweil is a huge believer with the concept of technological singularity - a concept of a time when human beings and machines will sync.
“In 1999, I said that in about a decade we would see technologies such as self-driving cars and mobile phones that could answer your questions, and people criticized these predictions as unrealistic.
Fast forward a decade — Google has demonstrated self-driving cars, and people are indeed asking questions of their Android phones. It’s easy to shrug our collective shoulders as if these technologies have always been around, but we’re really on a remarkable trajectory of quickening innovation, and Google is at the forefront of much of this development.”
~ Ray Kurzweil