Ray Kurzweil joins Google to work on machine learning, language processing

Gigaom

Famed tech innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil has announced that he will join Google (s goog) “to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.” Kurzweil will become director of engineering at Google beginning Monday, Dec. 17.

Kurzweil is known for his strong support of the Singularity, an idea that technology could enable humans to live for hundreds of years, and a theory that has received support from some of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest, including Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

On his website Friday, Kurzweil wrote about his decision to join the team at Google:

“I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions. I’ve always worked to create practical systems that will make…

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