You’ll be able to buy a car that can drive itself under most conditions, with an option for override by a human driver, in 2020, according to the median estimate in a survey of 217 attendees of the 2014 Automated Vehicles Symposium. By 2030, the group estimated, you’ll be able to buy a car that is so fully automated it won’t even have the option for a human driver.… read more
Imagine if you could take an exotic vacation billions of light years from Earth, peek in on the dinosaurs’ first-hand, or jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a more exciting life than yours — and you could swap places if you like.
For years, scientists have bandied about radical ideas that future humans will one day harness wormholes to zip across the universe at faster-than-light… read more
I recently saw this article by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and wanted to share it with you.
I have an ongoing interest in the Turing test — a competition that gauges whether an artificial intelligence is capable of human level conversation.
There was a recent test of a chatbot named Eugene Goostman, and I’ve written my reaction to its test results.
This article is… read more
July 15, 2014
Check out this article on NBC News. I discussed this topic at Time’s 2003 The Future of Life Summit, during the session “The next frontier.” My full dialog is below. My point was “there are already many cyborgs among us.”
— Ray Kurzweil
related viewing from NBC:… read more
Ask Ray | E.M. Forster’s 1909 story The Machine Stops predicts the web, tablets and artificial intelligence
June 30, 2014
A remarkable foreshadowing of the internet, tablet computers and artificial intelligence from a century ago: E.M. Forster’s 1909 short story “The Machine Stops.”
— Ray Kurzweil
Wikipedia | “The Machine Stops” is a science fiction short story by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review in November 1909, the story was republished in Forster’s The Eternal Moment and Other… read more
June 19, 2014
I enjoyed these two hit songs on the modern theme of living forever. I want to share these popular music videos, and their concepts.
Ultimately, their lyrics move toward a perspective that reflects my own optimistic, positive outlook on what is possible.
The choruses include the phrases “Move towards the future” and “I want to live forever, now’s the time to find out.” Both songs reiterate:… read more
June 10, 2014 by Ray Kurzweil
On June 8, 2014, The University of Reading announced that a computer program “has passed the Turing test for the first time.”
University of Reading professor Kevin Warwick, PhD, described it this way:
“Some will claim that the test has already been passed. The words ‘Turing test’ have been applied to similar competitions around the world. However, this event involved more simultaneous comparison tests than ever before, was independently… read more
TED | Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue, wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut, is the key to what humanity has become.
Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.… read more
May 1, 2014
The second episode, “Futurism,” featuring Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD, will rebroadcast on the evening of May 2, 2014. It will air on Friday, May 2, at 11:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm PT. It will also air Friday, May… read more
April 28, 2014
There is a major push in Silicon Valley to recruit more women into software engineering. The overall issue of the lack of women in this field is a national issue.
I strongly encourage and support women in the sciences and in technology. I wanted to share this recent article in The New York Times.
April 4, 2014 by Daniel Berleant
Excerpted and adapted from the book The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen and What to Do.
An exponential change perspective, well-known among futures enthusiasts, was applied to time itself by Freeman Dyson in 1997. He taxonomized the future in terms of different, order of magnitude generations — time horizons of 10 years, 100, 1,000, and so on.
My book The Human… read more
X Prize | Announcing the creation of a new X Prize in artificial intelligence. Give us your input into the rules of this competition!
On March 20, 2014, from the TED 2014 stage, Chris Anderson and Peter Diamandis joined forces to announce the AI… read more
March 6, 2014 by R.U. Sirius
She is probably best known for her two films Conceiving Ada (I had a small role, 1997) and Teknolust (2002), both starring Tilda Swinton — which explore emotions, sexuality and technology, and the ways in which they converge.
Around 1999, while Leeson was working on Teknolust,… read more