But is this not what Google and Yahoo just to mention the few have achieved, they have monopolized Internet were by your site is categorized based on
their traffic analysis. In a nut shell, if your not on their search engines then your not being exposed. I do feel that a higher degree of diversity
always allows the end user to be in control and not being directed to sites.
I also feel that dividing the birthday cake allows more competitive and aspiring individuals to achieve what otherwise was not achievable. Lets not
even begin to think how valuable their data banks would be for the right price.
After all knowledge is power.
edit: Keep in mind, that this can be merged as i mentioned earlier into a wider spectrum of business applications.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
In my opinion, this software, and other "AI" attempts like it, would be the death of the Internet as we know it...
...The process seeks to eliminate connectivity to actual websites by delivering detailed information in response to user questions...
But such a huge percentage of websites have nothing to do with providing general knowledge information or objective answers to questions, such as
forums, shopping sites, entertainment and news sites, local business sites, and file sharing sites.
Using a forum as an example, it would be impossible to have a discussion with other people through software that answers questions. With shopping
sites, such a program would act as a pointless middleman between the buyer and the company (currently price compare sites direct you to the actual
website where the product is sold). News and entertainment sites could potentially be filtered through a AI type info gatherer, but the information
given would still have to have a 'source', which people would inevitably want to verify by going to the news or entertainment website itself. Local
business sites would be impossible to continuously update through expert verification. And file sharing would be incredibly difficult to verify, since
files can be modified so easily.
The need for such specific websites is so vital in the internet world that I'd have to disagree with the idea that such a program would be "the
death" of the internet, although it would most definitely be the death of sites like Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers.
I wouldn't even necessarily say that. I can see the usefulness of this program, as there's been many times I've had a specific question I needed
answers to - and traditional searches merely matched by keywords and traffic. Meaning I had to dig through a lot irrelevant data to get what I needed.
This program can help reduce that search time significantly.
However, not all queries are questions with definitive answers. There may be multiple opposing viewpoints, opinions, and fictions that you're
searching for. I often use google to look up the title to songs I only know a line or two of lyrics for - or to get sources for quotes I cannot
remember verbatim by putting in what few words from it I do know. Nor would it, as you yourself mentioned, allow for roaming from "shiny object to
shiny object" as our attentions spans sometimes do on the internet.
Then, of course, there's always the issue of - is the answer you're getting accurate? If you're searching for a site with inaccurate information to
illustrate an example, asking a question to a system that only provides accurate answers would be useless.
I highly doubt this AI system to answer search queries will dominate the internet - but it will become hugely successful as an integral component of
it that the user can either choose to use or rely on a separate search mechanism. Google often separates extremely close matches or retail sites to a
section at the top of the page, with the rest of the links brought up listed below. I could definitely see this new function being integrated in such
as a fashion... as an indispensable enhancement, but not a complete replacement. Where it will likely have the greatest impact is on small mobile
devices where traditional web searches are impractical or unwieldy. Being able to ask a specific question such as, "When does the last train for
Ogden leave Union Station?" or "Where is the nearest restaurant that serves Rubens?" would be an extremely beneficial attribute to have for
web-enabled devices that are designed to be used when you're on the move.
I've seen work done on similar applications for mobile devices, one which even resembles the purpose of this AI Search... but using real people to do
the searches for the customer on the move. However, they never quite functioned as well as they were advertised or envisioned - because they still
relied either on an internet search that wasn't designed for that sort of specific (and often situational) query - or because of the limitations of
the unique databases they used to compile search results formatted for their specific applications.
I can also see it being handy for the "tech challenged" who are intimidated by the internet as it currently is. They often don't know how to search
effectively, get frustrated, or wonder into sites which are untrustworthy - potentially picking up viruses or malware. I've been online with my
computers since before the internet was even around in any meaningful sense, back in the days of Renegade and Rip-Term when you had to dial into to a
private residence to access the local network (and they could only connect as many simultaneous users as they were willing to pay for extra phone
lines). I could hop-scotch area codes and bypass long-distance fees by logging into a BBS that had a node designated for calling into another area
that was local for them but LD for me and passing the information through. Back when all graphics were variations of ASCII/ASCI code. *Ahem, sorry.
Nostalgia* So I have picked up a good sense of what likely is and isn't trustworthy based on page design choices, phrases used, font sizes and
colors, etc. My intuition isn't perfect, but it keeps me breezing along without my virus scanner or firewall kicking going haywire every fifteen
minutes. I tend to take such a intuition for granted, and it never ceases to amaze me how often people I know who are new or inexperienced on the net
will fall into obvious traps, phishing schemes, malware baits, or get really, really, REALLY BAD advise or information that could hurt them
physically, mentally, financially, or even land them in jail if acted upon.
It'll be useful for everyone, but it will be a great idiot's guide to the internet that gets them what they need without exposing them to risks of
their own inexperience or stupidity. It's like wearing a football helmet while driving your moped the wrong way down the information superhighway.
Derp derp derp.
Considering what you have posted in respect to this being incorporated into the mobile phone industry then the skies the limit. As you so well pointed
out, its almost impossible to try and use and search while on the go a particular item or answer through a cell while on the move.
As we move into a more digital age and automated life style we cannot and should not ignore advance into this field. We are all aware of computer
wired houses which can regulate temperature and monitor your home security with predefined variables. One such device which had me lost for words was
through Siemens about two years ago, were they had shown a oven and refrigerator as a single unit. From memory, i remember it had the size of three
vending machines put side by side.
The advantages were that someone could prepare the meals store them and based on a schedule they could be automatically cooked according to the users
desire or time table. As you are also aware there are refrigerators who do inform the users based on input prior to stock, if and when a particular
item needs to be restocked. This information upon approval could then be forwarded to a supermarket and approve the appropriate re stocking of any
item/items. Some may see this as an evil or controlled life style. But that cannot dismiss that like myself time is very valuable in every essence.
As any business needs to have on the fly information on current Revenue and Expenses, so too does a house operate in a similar fashion. Unfortunately
people fail to realize that a home's expenses need as much time in planning as any regular business. The difficult part is that within your home you
are dealing with life partners who share an equal say in what you decide, were as a business has its owners and employees.
posted on 4-5-2009 @ 08:38 AM single this post edit
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
While all of you are oooo'ing and ahhhh'ing, I'm sitting here thinking that I don't want a search engine that selects the information for me.
Seriously, would any of you actually like the idea that you're only presented the information that the search engine thinks you should have?
I might be old fashioned, but I don't think this is necessarily a good thing.
Thank you. I totally agree. Majority of my searches are vague searches where I'm looking for older articles that may just mention my topic which in
turn puts me in another direction giving me a wider base of research.
If this system is so direct, you limit yourself to any relative info thus hapering your results.
Btw I personally don't use google because of all the advertisements and they put things in the order for their own agenda. Basically they pick what
they want you to see.
I use a canadian engine, Vroosh.com, very clean and no advertising.
I don't think it's any closer to AI. It's just a new way of harvesting information. Sure, the program may have a larger understanding of human
syntax but it doesn't have a soul, a conscience and it cannot feel or understand abstract and artistic concepts such as metaphors, subjective
thought, nada, nothing, zero, zip!
All true and well, but from what i understand is that it taps into specific and approved data which has been compiled for the sole purpose of
education. As we all have seen so many blogs/sites/forums who have either misleading information or simply horse sh1t.
This might just bring some clarity to people who need specific answers to specific questions without having the luxury of time to search through
various links. When i need results for a specific answer i need it now, not in 20 mins or in 10 mins but i need with a 60 second time frame. This is
why i feel its completely necessary and long overdue a package like this.
Also lets not exclude the voice activation search that google is working on, yahoo has something similar for mobile phones and opera also has a
similar product through its browser. Obviously there are many products out there, but the product that will ascend to an ultimate utility will need
merge all spiders across the world. Obviously its a difficult task but its not impossible, its only a matter of time.
Considering what you have posted in respect to this being incorporated into the mobile phone industry then the skies the limit.
The extremely cool thing about this is going to be in the way that search software and improvements thereof is going to merge and integrate in
functionality with other developing technologies in a very profound way that may not be immediately apparent. For instance, not long ago researchers
from Ambient Corporation demonstrated a concept product of theirs which allows the user to place voiceless telephone calls. Here's a video exert of
Now, towards the end of the video Michael mentions a functionality of it he calls "Smartest man in the room" in which the user can ask a question
that triggers a search query to retrieve the information from the internet which can be either displayed or broadcast through your phone.
To the best of my knowledge, there are no apparent links or collaborations between Wolframalpha, Ambient, or Kurzweil Technologies. Yet developments
by all three independent companies will likely mature and converge into a single product/service. (And I'm just talking concept, the enabling
software and technologies will likely be licensed to multiple competing manufacturers) I'll explain.
The problem with Ambient's vision of "Smartest man in the Room" is that to be really applicable and useful in regards to the proposed vision -
answers from queries will have to be very specific, situational, and accurate. It has to do this on the fly. The current search engines for the
internet cannot efficiently provide this level of direct question and answer information gathering as the user will still end up scanning multiple
links of varying degrees of applicability for the best answer. This new internet software will enable that direct, accurate, and speedy transfer of
The internet software in the OP is designed around the direct asking of a question, such as "What is the current stock price on Intel" (you might
guess where I'm going with this) - which will be a common and intuitive way of interacting with your mobile phone, making it as said above,
invaluable to mobile device users. Yet from here, we have the Modem software - the code which converts analog audio received into digital information
that can be used in the search engine. This is Kurzweil's forte, and his companies technologies are leading the development (more like refinement at
this point) of voice recognition, text readers, and real-time translation software. This will enable text answers from the internet to be received as
an auditory response.
So I present a scenario quite likely to hapen, I feel, in the not too distant future. Imagine a commodities trader who is an early adopter of this
technology and consider the advantage he'd have over his fellow traders by essentially always being "plugged in" to the internet without needing to
deviate his attention towards a screen. Simply mimicking the vocalization he needs to ask a question, he can get up-to-the-second stock quotes, market
trends, research a potential investment - all without deviating from other tasks which allow for seamless multitasking. He can also do this regardless
of his current environment - as he can prevent others from "spying" on his results, or send real-time intelligence back to his firm without other
traders knowing that he's spying on them. The call placed will be completely voiceless, and answers received via small blue-tooth earbud we commonly
Eventually you may see a scenario on Wall Street where the financial markets aren't ablaze in the chaos and fury, but eerily silent as investors
crowd together in the pits and stare silently at investment updates able to research, conference, buy, and sell on the spot and simultaneously. All
the same veracity, drive, emotion, and frenzy we currently see, with much less commotion and absent of it's familiar chaotic cacophony - replaced by
idle chatter and the occasional rage fueled explicative outburst. The action would never stop until the closing bell, even if you had to hit the can
to take a leak. Which I guess is the same way it is now, except you wouldn't look like a complete d-bag on the toilet with your pants around your
ankles screaming obscenities at an unresponsive piece of plastic while you try to pinch a loaf.
I really think this new search software and it's conjunction with complimentary technologies is going to impact the mobile market the most, and it's
going to impact the business world substantially. Even more than that, it could have indispensable use in every-day life. In a limited way, it really
is a further step towards augmentation by putting the wealth of human knowledge at your fingertips in a seamless, discreet, and on-demand manner.
Provided you're within range of a tower.
The next step up being BCIs which can read the question from your mind, search the answer, and respond by direct stimulation of auditory pathways, or
the real-time translation of language during casual conversation which is completely audio free, but you hear it as you would a translation on
television, like a subtitle speaker. All of which are currently being researched or developed and demonstrably tenable. It may not be an odd site to
see a group of students sitting at a table having a spirited conversation - yet each speaking a completely different language from the other. In time,
the contention over a national language or acceptance of a second language would be moot. You'd simply set your native language option to English (or
Spanish, or French, or whatever) and off you go.
I might have scared some of the more paranoid among us, but from what I can see - the future is going to be a bright and better place with universal
on-demand access to accuracy-checked and up-to-date knowledge and information. Where communication barriers no longer exist or stifle collaboration or
connection. These two factors, education and free communication (in both content and transmission) have traditionally always served to ultimately
liberate and free humanity. I see no reason for that trend to reverse.
As you so well pointed out, the use of such technology is infinite. I myself are one of those who have seen a serous amount of traffic revolving
around low orbiting sat systems. I do know that its only a matter of time that land lines and fiber optics will be like the good old days of dial up
modems (what a nightmare) As speeds increase in data transmissions and receiver's so to will this technology erupt across the globe. Lets face it,
streaming live over the internet is at a good level but when you begin to grow you either have too options, invest and scale upwards, that is if you
have the money to do so, or , retain your level and hope everything sails smoothly.
I suppose its why Mr. Gates was launching low orbit sat systems from russia, he obviously has visioned another aspect of the internet which will be
utilizing these revolutionary technological ideas.
P.S. My cell phone has that modem tone as a ring tone and i find extremely freaky.
As someone who has worked intimately with the Internet and made a livelihood from it I feel I am somewhat qualified to answer your question with some
I basically see the internet evolving into one of two systems - one I call the Freenet and one I would call the Total Information Awareness
Ideally - if the Internet were allowed to evolve naturally - I believe the Freenet would eventually emerge - basically you would have a way to verify
your identity through biometric devices for online commerce - and you would have a built in anonymizer for all other Internet activity.
Users would toggle freely between these two settings - with Internet Providers purposefully purging user data as quickly as possible to keep the users
identity as private as possible.
(they could still set up honeypots to trap blatantly dangerously illegal behavior - working with law enforcement on a case by case basis with a valid
The other possible net - the Dystopia - is the completion of Darpa's Total Information Awareness Project.
This would happen as Internet 2 is rolled out with significantly faster speeds and combined with the soft roll out of Microsoft's Pallidium
The Internet 2 will be routed through a series of Western controlled centralized servers which will (if not currently) employ Quantum Super-Computers
to analyze and profile all network data that flows through it.
Thus the Total Information Awareness Goal will be fulfilled.
Microsoft's Pallidium Protocol essentially means that your O/S will serve as gate-keeper for all files and programs you have on your system - giving
remote servers - and O/S updates - the ability to freeze access to any files on your system found violating their "set of rules" at any time.
(thus if you don't voluntarily do MS updates - whenever you connect to the internet these rule updates will be pushed to your PC behind the scenes
MS's monopoly will be secured by legislation requiring every citizen to have a verified identity on the web - this will be enforced by ISP providers
who will be de-certified if they do not police this.
(sure you may be able to run another O/S - but can only use the web with the Govt. approved MS app plug in)
As for what I think will happen?
Well - if we look at the trends - I think it is pretty easy to see that the Dystopia is falling nicely into place - with the corporate profit motive
and Govt. power motive intersecting nicely to form a true alliance of Fascist Control.
Eventually the sheeple will get used to the Internet being a tiered and monitored subscription model with hundreds of channels and very little
original or insightful content.
(very few people will even notice the difference)
Soon afterwards Subscription TV and Internet will merge - and the prophetic Telescreen of Orwell's Imagination will finally become a reality.
(although - it will probably not become truly draconain for several more decades - and by then people won't think it draconian at all - just part of
the Brave New World Order that evolved from the more primitive time of self-governence and warring Nation States)
Sorry to tell ya - but it likely won't end well!
I will still fight till the very end - so I am cautiously optimistic - but I just don't trust the public to do the right thing - they rarely have
It will be a shiny new toy for about a week.
1/2 the internet will blog about how good it is.
After using it and finding out all the bugs the other half of the internet will blog about how terrible it is.
Then after all the bugs are found in it. Black Hat SEO's will begin to game the site to get their viagra, celebrex, etc.. sites listed higher in the
serp's. The said SE will then spend the rest of it's life trying to outfox the SEO's.
At the same time hackers funded by the russian mafia will begin to poison search results with links to sites that infect your computer with
After this month long orgy of newness ends people will say the site blows and will go back to using Google because it just works the way they are used
I will with hold judgement myself till after about 6 months of the site being live online. By then they should have all the bugs worked out.
ps. anyone remember cuill? Hopefully this site will be better.
The idea of having a fully functional and each pc is a gateway was actually first spoken about in the early 80's, obviously this information was lost
within the virtual world of the internet. It was long agreed that to keep the nation safe from foreign or domestic threats that it would need to
regulate communications. As you have described each pc will be like a guard allowing and disallowing upon evaluation of the content for any search and
information. This is evident with today's television network's regardless from which country. The most successful campaign is branding users who can
bypass these security flaws have been labeled hackers.
Obviously new methods need to be put into applications and a constant adjusting of security procedure's will always be needed. However, as i have
stated, anything that is digital can be intercepted. There are so many cases of unknown individuals who are and have and will be hitch hiking on sat
bandwidths without the vendor knowing about it. But because its not allowed to see its way into the media, society and everyone assumes that its
impossible to do.
What you fail to see is that as computers are redesigned from ground up so is the ability for it to become aware of its users based on algorithms.
What you should do at this moment, is copy what you have posted and what all these posts are showing place the paper within a airtight plastic bag and
keep it aside. In 40 odd years, open the paper and read back to yourself what has been posted, then look at how the Internet is (2049). I guess your
beginning to see my point. Keep in mind that i am referring to what would be available to teh public sector and not the intelligence community.
From dial up modems with 14.4k transfer we now how the "option to choose what form of connection we want".
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