The emergence of artificial intelligence is to transform the Internet industry and social networking over the next decade, Russia's leading web
tycoon said in an interview on Tuesday.
The low-profile Yury Milner, chairman in the rapidly expanding Mail.ru Internet firm and CEO of DST Global investment company who built minority
stakes in Facebook and other Western firms, made the comments in an rare interview with Vedomosti.
"I think that in 10 years if you ask a question on a social network and you get an answer you will not know if a computer or a person has answered
you," Milner told the financial daily.
"When you receive a question, you will not know if it has been asked by a person or an artificial intelligence. And by answering you help the computer
create an algorithm."
Mail.ru, which is part owned by Russian magnate Alisher Usmanov and recently enjoyed a solid IPO in London, has grown into the biggest Internet firm
in the Russian-speaking world with stakes in the most prominent portals.
It rose to prominence abroad when it unexpectedly took a 2.4 percent stake in Facebook. DST Global, the investment vehicle, also has an undisclosed
stake of its own that unconfirmed reports put at a total holding of 10 percent.
In the interview Milner made no comments on the size of the Facebook stake, or Mail.ru's holdings in online games portal Zynga and deal-of-the-day
Milner said there had been a revolutionary change in demand for information and now there was "as much information generated in the the last two days
as there was in the history of civilisation up to 2003."
He defended the company's tight focus on consumer Internet products, and in particular social Internet, saying that "we have chosen a strategy to have
a global expertise in a very narrow sector."
He said that in every Internet sector, there was a tendency for one single firm to become dominant, as with Facebook in social networking in the
"On the Internet there is a tendency for 'winner takes all' and a leader emerges in every niche with surprising consistency," he said.
"This is the main issue that we look at. When we made our first investment in Facebook, it was not obvious that it was a winner."
I find all of this especially interesting in view of some of the work being done in cosmology and physics by Sarfatti, Hawkings, Ellis, Tamara Davis,
Tooley, etc. indicating that there is a “final cause” after all, an Omega point which happens to be a conscious computer with signal nonlocality.
And that the surface of a black hole is a computer with holographic properties. In that model, intelligence is a feature of the mathematical universe.
AI may be its creation just as we are.
“I think that in 10 years if you ask a question on a social network and you get an answer you will not know if a computer or a person has answered
you,” Milner told the financial daily.
“When you receive a question, you will not know if it has been asked by a person or an artificial intelligence. And by answering you help the
computer create an algorithm.”
And, In 10 years Sites like ATS will can offer not only the questions but the answers too. What wonderful days we live.
Well, As Agent Smith once said, Its Inevitable.
edit on 30-12-2010 by RUSSO because: (no reason given)
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