Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil just became a Google employee in December, and he spoke with SingularityHub about a natural langauge project he'll be working on at the company (he also recently wrote a book called How To Create A Mind).
"I envision, some years from now, the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking. It'll just know this is something you're going to want to see," he says.
Of course this is already what Google is trying to accomplish with Google Now.
He says that his personal vision is that the project will be part of Google's core technology, as opposed to a standalone product, though notes that it's premature to speculate.
He also suggests that people will give the technology permission to listen in on their lives, so they can better serve them (also like Google Now).[via reddit]