Speaking at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, Page described how he felt search was “too clunky” and that speech recognition was “not very good”.
“Google’s original mission was to organize the world’s information and make it useable and accessible. Search really is a deep thing for us. We’re really at a very early stage of that. We’ve been doing this for fifteen years already, but we’re not done yet.”
Computers don’t know who you are, what you know, or what you’re doing,” he added. “We’re trying to make devices understand your context, and what you might need.”
Page also shared his excitement about using DeepMind to make computers smarter, firstly by make them intelligent enough to play computer games.
“DeepMind has discovered cats on its own after using machine learning on YouTube, and it’s playing video games and learning automatically. It can play games like Battlezone and Pong with a superhuman performance. Imagine if that intelligence was used for your information needs. That’s what I’m excited about.”
Page also touched upon Google’s Project Loon, which plans to use air balloons to give more of the world’s population access to the internet. “It sounds crazy,” he says, “but two-thirds of the world’s people don’t have a good access to the internet. Launching a balloon to try to improve that is a cheap