Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Singularity Summit 2011

At the Singularity Summit 2011 on october 15 and 16 in New York:

Ray Kurzweil at the Singularity Summit 2011

Quote from Ray Kurzweil: "In 2002, I predicted that by 2029 there would be artificial intelligence capable of lively and spontaneous conversation at the human level -- Turing Test passing AI. Earlier this year, the field moved closer to that goal when Watson, an IBM computer, defeated two human champions in the game show Jeopardy!"

IBM's David Ferrucci, leader of the IBM Watson team, talking at the Singularity Summit 2011
Quote from David Ferrucci: "When I asked my daughter to come and look at another interesting thing, she replied: 'daddy, interesting things are boring.'"

Quote from Dan Cerrutti, the general manager of IBM Watson Commercialization: "I don't care whether Watson is more clever than a human being. I want to solve problems."

Ken Jennings, the best Jeopardy-player ever, talking at the Singularity Summit 2011
Quote from Ken Jennings: "I am skeptical about almost anything the Summit is about, including the Singularity."

Quote from Ken Jennings about his passion for maps: "If you never open a map until you're lost, you're missing out on all the fun."