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 technologyreview.com, 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.
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.