Google has just announced its new direction.
It is one of the fundamental requirements for future science, technology and prosperity. This includes safe thinking machines such as those in Iain Banks' Culture novels, replicators, full body part replacements, endless prosperity etc. But only if we win WW4 (reason: see http://sknfconspiracy-michaelchinreport.blogspot.com - All good people needed to put their strength into saving the world from atrocity and destruction).
Watch only first 15 minutes of the embedded vid where Google announces its new objective. Google is going to focus on Artificial Intelligence science and technologies.