Monday, October 31, 2005


Turing's Cathedral

John Batelle pointed me to George Dyson's essay on Google, entitled, "Turing's Cathedral." Here is the full text. Here is the intro:
My visit to Google? Despite the whimsical furniture and other toys, I felt I was entering a 14th-century cathedral — not in the 14th century but in the 12th century, while it was being built. Everyone was busy carving one stone here and another stone there, with some invisible architect getting everything to fit. The mood was playful, yet there was a palpable reverence in the air. "We are not scanning all those books to be read by people," explained one of my hosts after my talk. "We are scanning them to be read by an AI."
I wish I could write images like that. The piece is a great read. Enjoy!

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