Google's ultimate aim is to create a search engine with artificial intelligence to exactly answer any question a user puts to it.See also my previous posts, "Google and The Happy Searcher", "Search without searching" and "Google and question answering".
Larry Page, the co-founder and president ... said: "People always make the assumption that we're done with search. That's very far from the case. We're probably only 5 per cent of the way there. We want to create the ultimate search engine that can understand anything ... some people could call that artificial intelligence."
Mr Page ... said it was not possible to predict when Google would achieve this goal, although he pointed out that "a lot of our systems already use learning techniques".
[Found on Findory]
Update: An excerpt from a similar article by Richard Wray in the UK Guardian:
"The ultimate search engine would understand everything in the world. It would understand everything that you asked it and give you back the exact right thing instantly," Mr Page [said] ... "You could ask 'what should I ask Larry?' and it would tell you."One thing you have to say about the Google founders, they certainly are ambitious.
Mr Page said one thing that he had learned since Google launched eight years ago was that technology can change faster than expected, and that AI could be a reality within a few years.
See also more of my earlier posts, "The perfect search", "Perfect search and the clickstream", and "Different visions of the future of search".
[UK Guardian article via Threadwatch]