Is Google becoming more human-like? Google now gives us instant search results as we type. It interprets its input as soon as each letter is typed, much like how our brains interprets data from our senses. Different results are returned with each letter entered. The amazing thing is the results seem to appear almost instantaneously, much like how our brain works.
From a layman’s point of view here is how I see the brain working. We receive a bit of input from one of our senses. All that we know about is stored as objects (a computer term). You go from the most general object to a more special one. For example, a man is more general than my brother. My brother is more general than my brother Steve. If I hear a sound off in the distance I may at first realize that it’s coming from a man because of the pitch. I may know that it’s speech even if I don’t understand it yet because speech has regular patterns of frequencies. If I’m at a family gathering I may deduce that it’s coming from one of my brothers because of the context of my surroundings. With a little more information from any of my senses (hopefully sound or sight) I most likely can deduce that it’s Steve that’s talking.
Google doesn’t have touch, taste or smell (yet), but it does have the ability to see and hear now. It also has the ability to interpret what it sees and hears and give it’s opinion in the form of search results. It hasn’t been programmed to be emotional, to lie, cheat or steal though. These are all things humans have developed from our survival needs. They have all come in handy at one time or other although a civilized society usually frowns on lying, cheating and stealing. Google has no such need for survival. In this respect you could say Google is becoming more god-like, or at least more saint-like because it is without sin. It always tells the truth as it knows it to be.