Latest in Science

Image credit:

Google and Ray Kurzweil are making chatbots together

They're naming one of 'em Danielle.
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

While we don't often hear Ray Kurzweil's name associated with Google products, Mountain View hired him back in 2012 to work on unspecified machine learning and language processing projects. Now, the famous futurist has finally revealed one of the projects his team has been working on: chatbots that can talk like humans do. He lifted the veil on the big G's chatbot initiative at the latest Singularity conference -- an annual conference on science, tech and the future.

Although Kurzweil didn't spill a lot of details, he did say that one of those chatbots is named Danielle. Since it's based on a character he wrote for one of his unpublished novels, we're guessing they're feeding it samples of his writing to give it the personality he envisions.

The futurist is known for his prediction that AIs will pass the Turing test in 2029, and developing these bots is a step in that direction. Kurzweil says they're planning to release some of the chatbots they've been working on later this year. Hopefully, Google learned from Microsoft's experience, so Danielle doesn't turn out like Tay.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch TV+ in November for $10 a month

Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch TV+ in November for $10 a month

View
Amazon unveils trailer for third season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Amazon unveils trailer for third season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

View
San Francisco’s 25-year-old FogCam shuts down this month

San Francisco’s 25-year-old FogCam shuts down this month

View
You can finally get PowerBeats Pro in colors other than black

You can finally get PowerBeats Pro in colors other than black

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr