The third in +Steven Levy
's series on +Google
. This one is about neural nets and deep learning. It's not technical and dosen't talk at all about how any of it works. It mainly discusses Google's history with deep learning and the various people and companies involved. It paints a picture of amazing performance just around the corner. There are a number of pretty impressive things the Google Brain can do now. But, the article says, that's only the beginning.
The three main personalities are +Geoffrey Hinton
, Demis Hassabis of Google-owned DeepMind (in London) and +Jeff Dean
, who posts real content here on Google+.
Dean is in charge of Google's large-scale deep learning neural net systems, called Google Brain internally. The Google Brain has become sort of an AI utility in the company. “It’s like an internal service,” says Dean. ... Dean says that around 35 to 40 groups are using it at Google now. Besides search and speech, he says, “We have stuff in ads, street view, and some stuff in the self-driving cars.”DeepMind is also ready for production. Hassabis says within six months or so, its technology will find their way into Google products. His organization is broken up into divisions, and one — headed by his co-founder Mustafa Suleyman—is devoted to applied uses of the AI, working closely with Google to see what might be of use.
Levy concludes his piece with this.It is ultimately significant that Deep Mind and Google Brain — along with Hinton’s deep learning group — are all in Google’s search organization. Many years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke, maybe only half jokingly, of speech [sic. Should be "search"] being an implant in our brains. No one talks about implants now. Instead of tapping our brains to make search better, Google is building brains of its own.