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Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books by Anne Quito (Quartz)
Called "Talk to Books," the AI-powered utility will scan every sentence in 100,000 books in half a second.
For a long period of time, we heard a lot about the ambitious project from Google to scan all of the world’s books. This was back in 2007, and Google encountered a lot of battles along the way. But, strangely this story has gone very quiet as of late.

Well, amazing things happen when you dump that repository of info into one of the world’s best machine learning engines.

Google now has a way to convene that kind of forum—in half a second. Speaking to TED curator Chris Anderson yesterday (April 13), legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil introduced “Talk to Books” a new way to find answers on the internet that should bring pleasure to researchers, bookworms and anyone seeking to expand their thinking on a range of topics.

Type a question into “Talk to Books,” and AI-powered tool will scan every sentence in 100,000 volumes in Google Books and generate a list of likely responses with the pertinent passage bolded.

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