Google’s virtual brain gets smarter and helps out on other projects

by: Joe HindyOctober 7, 2012

Over this last summer, Google has been cooking up a lot of interesting things. We saw Google Glasses get another awesome demo, Google get a patent on a smart watch, and a patent on smart gloves. They are but one layer of clothing away from smart undergarments. Google isn’t just working on smart cloths and smart accessories, though. They are also working on building a virtual brain.

According to, Google has spent the last summer teaching a virtual brain how to recognize things. By watching YouTube videos, the virtual brain has learned how to identify and remember things like humans and cats. The virtual brain is more about learning, though, and will be used in a variety of different ways.

This kind of technology can be wildly useful in a variety of areas. For instance, Google’s Smart Car benefits greatly from a self-taught AI as it can learn to recognize traffic patterns, traffic lights, and street layouts. Google’s pending technology, like the inventions mentioned above, would also benefit from this type of software.

Virtual Brain

Will the virtual brain have any affect on Android?

It actually already has. The self-taught virtual brain has already helped improve several parts of Android. Most notably the voice search and Google Now. By implementing software that’s always learning, these voice searches can learn your voice and your preferences. This can lead to better speech recognition, fewer wrong words, and better search results.

There’s a very bright future for the like’s of Google’s virtual brain. It recognizes living things, it helps with speech recognition, and it has the potential to do so much more. Unfortunately, it only operates in English as the Google engineers haven’t gotten other languages working. Rest assured, though, they are working on it.

Science is improving all the time but it’s not often we get to see it in our mobile technology. Keep in mind that Google’s virtual brain is still in its early stages and is only slated to get better. You can likely expect it to start making improvements on other Google services as well, like Google+. Needless to say, having this kind of technology improving our electronics promises some amazing stuff in the future. Eventually, this might even be able to do things like perform surgery, but is that something you would let it do? Tell us your thoughts.

  • Thats just Amazing, Take that apple fan faggots, Also, ” this might even to do things” is a typo :)

    • Typo? I do not know what you’re talking about ;) but thanks for pointing it out.

  • Stephan

    ” Google has spent the last summer teaching a virtual brain how to
    recognize things. By watching YouTube videos, the virtual brain has
    learned how to identify and remember things ”

    So Google now knows where all the cats on YouTube is. Nice!

  • jnffarrell1

    Hmmm, why would Google be trying to figure out what’s going on in a video, how could that be useful?

    Say you wanted a robust training set to identify,body language, read lips, predict future location/motion. How would you set about doing the work? How about AI.

    • Craigg

      If they want to teach the ‘brain’ to recognise people/things using a 2D camera then using 2D videos on youtube sounds like a logical way to do it. It gives them access to pretty much unlimited video. There’s no real difference between recorded video and live video once its in a digital format.

  • Skynet.

    • On a Clear Day

      It does put one in mind of Skynet, but what is the alternative? Go back to horse and buggy days? Most of the advances that we are enjoying today were first envisioned by science fiction writers – including the internet, computers etc.

      The question with artificial intelligence is whether or not we will use it wisely or abuse it; most likely a combination of both as is always, it seems, the way of things on earth. Fortunately, even when we created the power to destroy the earth with nuclear bombs we eventually got beyond – at least the major nations did – from seriously considering using them on each other.

      One day we will have robots akin to those featured in Issac Asimov’s novels; ships that can exceed the speed of light and frankly to fear these advances is to be foolish. Humanity can only move forward when we are “going where no man has gone before.” Otherwise, we devolve into individuals and societies whose main goal is to keep things from changing so we don’t have to think too much.