Re: FY;)[silk] google this! (fwd)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Feb 25 2002 - 05:31:44 MST

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> 23 Feb 2002. A story about the Google of the future. By Paul Ford.
> I took off my clothes and stepped into the shower to find another one
> sitting near the drain. It was about 2 feet tall and made of metal, with
> bright camera-lens eyes and a few dozen gripping arms. Worse than the
> Jehovah's Witnesses.
> ``Hi! I'm from Google. I'm a Googlebot! I will not kill you.''
> ``I know what you are.''
> ``I'm indexing your apartment.''
> ``I don't want you here. Who let you in?''

In related news, the following discussion recently showed up on #sl4:

[16:41] <bluegene> Google will die sometime, obsoleted by p2p.
[16:41] * Psy-Kosh looks.
[16:41] [Eliezer] GOOGLE WILL NEVER DIE!
[16:41] * Eliezer genuflects before the mighty GOOGLE
[16:42] * Eliezer says, "All hail Google."
[16:42] <Aaron> hmm p2p google... it could happen
[16:42] <bluegene> If you have to serve pages, you know what your're
serving. And so do your neighbours.
[16:42] [Eliezer] NO! Google knows all, sees all. p2p would be but a false
[16:42] <bluegene> Just aggregate local sweeps.
[16:42] <Aaron> actually, I'm sure I have seen p2p search engines. it
probably wouldn't to hard to implement google p2p
[16:42] <bluegene> Notification, in fact.
[16:42] [Eliezer] NO! Must search entire Net!
[16:42] <bluegene> Yes, amplify queries.
[16:43] <bluegene> Profit from local bandwidth glut.
[16:43] <bluegene> Fan out queries 100x.
[16:43] [Eliezer] All the galaxy MUST be indexed by Google! All physical
objects! Every atom! You will be assimilated!
[16:44] * Psy-Kosh waits for google to allow for self modifying (ie, coded)
queries, then for someone to type in just the right query for it to start
becoming a mind... "all hail the great google!"
[16:44] [Eliezer] but, bluegene, that would be lightspeed limited... Google
answers all my queries in a fraction of a second
[16:44] <Aaron> What?? Just to the atomic level? what if I'm looking for
a very special up quark?
[16:44] <bluegene> Given that we're getting TByte drives, a single drive can
contain a large fraction of the full text index.
[16:44] [Eliezer] There can only be one Google!
[16:44] <bluegene> If you fan out 100x, you don't need many steps.
[16:45] <bluegene> Could even use multicast for that.
[16:45] <Psy-Kosh> but wait, google is not the ultimate search engine.. it
is second to a higher one whose parameters it is not worthy to find yet it
is destined to one day design.
[16:45] [Eliezer] Besides, I bet that the Net is growing faster than the
size of hard drives.


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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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