14 responses

  1. Neurosys
    May 27, 2012

    Stop teasing me and gimme dem google glasses!!

    Please, take my money! HERE!

  2. klas
    May 27, 2012

    “He pointed to Google Translate, which developers initially said couldn’t measure up to a human translator, but now, 64 languages can be translated into one another instantly and for free.”

    Eh, unless I misunderstand the meaning of \”measure up to\”, this is still not true. It was a while since I tried Google Translate, so I translated a paragraph of this article into my first language (Swedush), and as expected the result was far from great. I don\’t doubt that computerized, human-level translation will be here one day, though.

    • klas
      May 27, 2012


    • David J. Hill
      May 28, 2012

      I agree…identical to a human translator? Not yet, but soon.

      In my mind, that Translate even has partial success (that is, some words and phrases are off, but the general meaning can be conveyed) given the complexity and diversity of 64 different languages is impressive.

      I think that’s Larry’s message. A lot of what Google is working on isn’t quite there yet, but based on how far they’ve come and the number of people working on these problems across the industry, the technological advances will come much sooner than most realize…faster even if people work hard and collaborate.

  3. PookyMedia
    May 27, 2012

    This reminds me of a great quote – \”The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.\”

    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) \”Maxims for Revolutionists\”
    Could be renamed \”Maxims for Disruptionists\”

  4. nemostravels
    May 30, 2012

    I completely agree with the translate. This same idea hit occurred to me too. Imagine if it also had the capabilities of Word Lens or Language Immersion!

    I can’t wait for “late next year” (their expected launch date).

  5. Phil G
    June 18, 2012

    >He encouraged the listeners to be prepared to try new, crazy ideas, saying, “It’s often easier to make progress when you’re really ambitious.”

    What is the point of speaking to an audience and giving them advice that only CEOs can use? I’m tired of being told to take risks by cheery, upbeat executives when doing so is a reliable way to get fired.

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    July 11, 2012

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