Google To Expand Knowledge Graph Through Hire Of Geoffrey Hinton

Mar 14, 2013 • 8:23 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Geoffrey HintonIf I had to place one search priority above all else, I'd say right now, Google's most ambitious project is the knowledge graph. Yea, they are pushing Google+ big time, but the knowledge graph is a level above all of that technically.

Of course, Google has an outstanding team working on this project lead by one of the smartest people I've ever met Amit Singhal.

To take the knowledge graph to the next level, Google has hired/acquired Geoffrey Hinton and his team at DNNresearch. Geoffrey posted a note on his Google+ page about it:

Last summer, I spent several months working with Google’s Knowledge team in Mountain View, working with Jeff Dean and an incredible group of scientists and engineers who have a real shot at making spectacular progress in machine learning. Together with two of my recent graduate students, Ilya Sutskever and Alex Krizhevsky (who won the 2012 ImageNet competition), I am betting on Google’s team to be the epicenter of future breakthroughs. That means we’ll soon be joining Google to work with some of the smartest engineering minds to tackle some of the biggest challenges in computer science. I’ll remain part-time at the University of Toronto, where I still have a lot of excellent graduate students, but at Google I will get to see what we can do with very large-scale computation.

I know we just scratched the surface of the knowledge graph and I am excited to see where it takes us in the future.

I am just glad I don't have to figure out how to get us there. I get to just sit and enjoy the ride.

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David Sewell

03/14/2013 01:49 pm

As a fan of the Prediction API, this is all good. If there's any opportunity to enhance the API further, e.g. allow selection of model types, input clustering.. as a result of the machine learning effort, that's even better

Barry Cutts

03/14/2013 02:33 pm

"I know we just scratched the surface of the knowledge graph and I am excited to see where it takes us in the future. I am just glad I don't have to figure out how to get us there. I get to just sit and enjoy the ride." what ride you fool, the ride to zero clicks from Google? Did you officially join Google now?

Barry Schwartz

03/14/2013 02:36 pm

You are a fool. Yes, it takes away your traffic, my traffic, etc. But it eventually will be awesome for the searcher. Oh, but who cares about searcher satisfaction?

Barry Cutts

03/14/2013 02:53 pm

"Yes, it takes away your traffic, my traffic, etc....Oh, but who cares about searcher satisfaction?" You care, you are the official carer! Why don't you hand your money to a homeless person, don't you care about their satisfaction?

Barry Schwartz

03/14/2013 02:54 pm

I do give a lot of charity, mostly to those who are poor and have children that need to eat. You don't give charity? I give at least 10% of my income to charity.

Barry Cutts

03/14/2013 03:06 pm

10% ain't enough for you Barry, you are loaded. You should sponsor a few dozen or so Orthodox families that have lots of kids. Give them all your money Barry, like Google is taking all the clicks from sites--something you seem excited about. You are supposedly a webmaster advocate and can't wait until Google sends even less clicks to our sites. WTF???

Chase Anderson

03/14/2013 08:11 pm

Wow, someone's spammy site was blasted by Google. I'm sorry but Google's KG is a good thing for SEO. Everyone talks about Social and Authorship as the future but it's all about KG and how Google's trying to connect all the dots. If they pull it off, spam will be significantly less prevalent on the web and I for one support that 100%.


03/14/2013 08:17 pm

Mr. Schwartz, how do you manage to attract all these haters all the time? Anyway, this is interesting news but I'll have to wait and see GKG in action before I go postal about it.


03/15/2013 02:18 am

Chase you aren't an SEO or a webmaster are you? Google has made a lot of money from the effort of millions of webmasters around the web and now they are working on cutting the webmaster totally out of the equation and that is a good thing?


03/15/2013 02:50 am

Barry I am kind of shocked that you are so on-board with knowledge graph. Personally I think it is the worst evil that Google has perpetrated on webmasters. There was an un-written deal once upon a time. Webmasters would make great content and Google would send the surfers to this great content, everyone was happy. Now Google wants to basically steal that content for itself and keep the surfers on their site and keep all the revenue. Google is not doing this out of some altruistic intent to make it better for the users. They are doing this to drive revenue and increase share price. Google no longer innovates and things like knowledge graph will only kill innovation further. All those smart webmasters that the surfers are looking for will no longer be able to create innovative websites that are profitable enough to carry on creating this great content. This will not happen quickly but it will be a slow incurable cancer that will eat away at the fabric of the internet. Larry Page babbles about how Facebook is closed and won't open itself up to Google. Yet with every step it takes Google is closing itself more and more. Barry you do realise that is these little guys that come to your website and to Danny's websites. It is these guys that come to SMX events. if knowledge graph comes into its full glory, there will be no reason for us little guys to go to these events and then what will you do for a crust?

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