Singularity Weblog | Mobile innovators: Best Buy features Ray Kurzweil on Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

Singularity Weblog — February 6, 2012 | Nikola Danaylov

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“I’m Ray Kurzweil. I gave your words a voice.” This was Ray’s punchline during yesterday’s feature Best Buy Super Bowl ad also acknowledging a number of other mobile innovators.

The commercial focused the spotlight on ten technology innovators who have changed the way we use our phones:

  • Philippe Kahn: created the camera phone and MotionX
  • Neil Papworth: sent the first SMS message
  • Paul & David Bettner: created Words With Friends
  • Kevin Systrom: creator of the Instagram free photo sharing application
  • Jim McKelvey: created Square Mobile Pay
  • Chris Barton and Avery Wang: helped create Shazam
  • Daniel Henderson: video sharing

Kurzweil’s text-to-speech invention is utilized on mobile devices by enabling the reading of information for a visually challenged person, or it may be used to augment the reading of a text message or email. It is often used with voice recognition to answer questions. [...]