The Supreme Court’s recent 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage raises the interesting question: what’s next on the “slippery slope”? Robot-human marriages? Robot-robot marriages?
August 10, 2015
We welcome Sam Wallace’s contribution to the discussion on a proposed ban on offensive autonomous weapons. This is a complex issue and there are interesting arguments on both sides that need to be weighed up carefully.
August 5, 2015
The open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) calling for a “ban on offensive autonomous weapons” is as unrealistic as the broad relinquishment of nuclear weapons would have been at the height of the cold war.
A treaty or international agreement banning the development of artificially intelligent robotic drones for military use would not be effective. It would be impossible to completely stop nations from… read more
August 4, 2015
Renowned economist, activist, author, and my long time friend, George Gilder has come out with his latest book titled A 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money.
He makes a new case for understanding why the United States economy has had trouble rebounding.
George Gilder explains this is due to a misunderstanding of what monetary policy can do, and the creation of… read more
Ask Ray | My middle school supported my interest in Ray Kurzweil’s work and teen trip to Singularity University
July 25, 2015
Dear Dr. Kurzweil,
My middle school was supportive of my interest in your work and my visit to your school Singularity University, as a teenager, to see the program you founded for exploring the future.
Thank you for inviting me, and for the opportunity to audit two days there. I had a fantastic time. Everyone at Singularity University was very nice and welcoming.
My favorite presentation was… read more
June 26, 2015 by Amara D. Angelica
A reminder: HUMANS premieres in the U.S. Sunday June 28, 2015 at 9PM EDT on AMC.
This eight-part drama series takes place in a parallel present, featuring the Synth — a highly developed, artificially intelligent android servant.
Having seen the first two episodes, I’m totally hooked. I found the show surprisingly believable. It (almost) fills the void left after Almost Human and Fringe.
The Atlantic… read more
Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder caused by periodic obstruction of the upper airway. A sleep apnea is literally a pause in breathing. It can happen many times each hour while the individual is asleep. It leads to reduced oxygen saturation and is a risk factor for heart disease.
Most sufferers are unaware that they have this syndrome. It is often first noticed… read more
Take a look at this article in Russia Today. In our film The Singularity Is Near — that we produced and wrote together — the “Jerry Garcia” character is wailing about cyberconscious citizenship.
I’m not sure what part of “we are merging together” these people don’t get! To me it is as obvious as the nose on my face. Funny how well we predicted and depicted… read more
March 23, 2015 by Amara D. Angelica
I got this post today from Martine Rothblatt, PhD, CEO of United Therapeutics:
” I am very excited. March 24, 2015 is Kickstarter launch for AIVVY — CEO in pictures showing me smartphone control interface. I’m in! It is best audio streaming interface I’ve ever experienced, and compatible with Sirius XM.
“Lets you run/bike and listen to great audio without getting RF power across your skin from cellular… read more
I want to recommend this article in USA Today profiling Martine Rothblatt, PhD’s keynote at South by Southwest.
Her talk featured a roundup of concepts about the future of the human brain and the potential for people to interact through virtual avatars and recreations of an individual.
USA Today… read more
February 8, 2015 by Amara D. Angelica
In Fall 1983, visitors crammed into a packed demo on the fifth floor of the New York Hilton Hotel during the New York AES convention and marveled at the Kurzweil K250, noted Electronic Musician magazine in its March 2015 issue.
“The first ROM-based sampling keyboard to successfully reproduce the full complexity of acoustic instruments, the 250 offered natural-sounding pianos, thick drums, lush strings, and more, and its… read more
February 7, 2015
Ray Kurzweil received the 2015 Technical Grammy Award on February 7, 2015 for his outstanding achievements in the field of music technology.
One of his primary inventions paved the way for re-creating acoustic instruments with electronic equivalents.
The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Trustees, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording… read more
February 3, 2015
Dear Dr. Kurzweil,
Thank you so much for all your help, time, and encouragement throughout my paper and presentation. It was really exciting that you could be in my 7th grade presentation.
I realize as a Director of Engineering at Google you are very busy. I would love to visit Google. I really appreciate everything you have done and all the resources that you sent.
— Lucy… read more