Curriculum Vitae

Personal

Born, February 12, 1948
Married to Sonya R. Kurzweil

Contact Information

Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
PMB 193
733 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
USA
781-263-0000
Fax: 781-263-9999
E-mail: ray@kurzweiltech.com
Web: KurzweilTech.com and KurzweilAI.net

Education

1970
B.S., Computer Science and Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Companies Founded

2005
President, Kurzweil Capital Partners, LLC.
2005
Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.

K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. developed and introduced the first pocket-sized print-to-speech reading machine for the blind (the K-NFB Reader Mobile).

2003
Co-Founder, Chairman and co-CEO, Ray & Terry’s Longevity Products, Inc.

Ray & Terry’s Longevity Products develops and markets leading nutraceutical health products that combine excellent taste with outstanding nutritional qualities. The food products are not just fortified with nutritional supplements, they are comprised entirely of health-promoting nutritional supplements. The company also develops and markets nutritional supplements.

2001
Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, KurzweilAI.net

KurzweilAI.net is the “home of the big thinkers,” with over about 1,000 articles by over 100 authors on the future of technology and its impact on society. It features “Ramona,” a lifelike avatar with conversational abilities based on natural language processing technology. KurzweilAI.net is a leading resource on the web for advanced technologies, with more than one million readers and a daily electronic newsletter.

2000
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Kurzweil Cyber Art Technologies, Inc. (“KCAT”) (www.KurzweilCyberArt.com)

KCAT “creates software that creates art.” KCAT products include “Ray Kurzweil’s Cybernetic Poet” and “AARON the Cybernetic Artist,” developed by Harold Cohen.

Developing Ray Kurzweil’s Fractal Artist, an intelligent interactive art creation program.

1999
Founder, Chairman and CEO, FAT KAT, Inc.

FAT KAT: Financial Accelerating Transactions from Kurzweil Adaptive Technologies. FAT KAT is developing intelligent systems based on applying pattern recognition-based algorithms to make stock-market transaction decisions.

1996
Founder and former CEO, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc. (“KESI”)

Kurzweil Education develops and markets educational software products. KESI has developed a new generation of reading technology software for persons with reading disabilities, ADHD, low vision, and visual impairment. Its two product lines – the Kurzweil 3000 and Kurzweil 1000 – are the lead products in their product categories. The Kurzweil 3000 has been adopted by thousands of schools in the United States and other countries.

1995
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc. (“KTI”).

KTI is a software development firm, currently supporting KurzweilAI.net, KCAT, and FAT KAT.

KTI is developing a hand held reading system for the blind in a joint effort with the National Federation of the Blind.

KTI has provided assistance to clients on the assessment, development and disposition of patents, technology assets and software technologies. KTI clients have included:

  • United Therapeutics, Inc.
  • The American Board of Family Practice
  • Wang Laboratories, Inc. Creditors Committee
  • Wang Laboratories, Inc.
  • Kendall Square Research, Inc. Creditors Committee
  • DSP Associates
  • TechOnline
1982
Founder and former CEO, Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, Inc. (“KAI”).

KAI developed the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech-recognition technology. The company continues as part of ScanSoft (formerly Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc.).

1982
Founder and former CEO, Kurzweil Music Systems, Inc.

Sold to Young Chang Akki Co., Ltd. In 1990 (now Kurzweil Music Systems division of Young Chang Akki Co., Ltd.), now part of Hyundai.

Kurzweil Music Systems products continue as a leading brand of musical instruments for both professional and amateur musicians, distributed in 45 countries worldwide.

1974
Founder and former CEO, Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc.

Sold to Xerox Corporation in 1980, now Nuance (a public company with a $2 billion market cap).

Kurzweil Computer Products (now ScanSoft) was the worldwide market leader in reading machines for the Blind through 1996 and continues today as a leader in scanning and character recognition technology and products. The current market leader in reading machines for the blind and persons with learning disabilities is Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.

The Kurzweil OCR (optical character recognition) software is now called TextBridge, a worldwide market leader in OCR. This software has been in continuous development for 29 years.

Technology Firsts

2006
First pocket-sized print-to-speech reading machine for the blind (the Kurzweil – National Federation of the Blind Reader)

2001
First “host/hostess” avatar on the Web to combine a lifelike, photorealistic, moving and speaking facial image with a conversational engine

2001
First Virtual Performing and Recording Artist (Ramona) to perform in front of a live audience with a live band

1997
First Print-to-Speech Reading System for Persons with Reading Disabilities that Reads from a Displayed Image of the Page (Kurzweil 3000)

1997
First Continuous Speech Natural Language Command and Control Software (Kurzweil VoiceCommands)

1994
First Speech Recognition Dictation System for Windows (Kurzweil Voice for Windows)

1987
First commercially marketed Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition (Kurzweil Voice Report)

1985
First Knowledge Base System for Creating Medical Reports (Kurzweil VoiceMED)

1984
First Computer Music Keyboard capable of accurately reproducing the sounds of the grand piano and other orchestral instruments (Kurzweil 250)

1976
First Omni-Font (any type font) Optical Character Recognition (Kurzweil OCR, now Xerox TextBridge)

1976
First Print-to-Speech Reading Machine for the Blind (Kurzweil Reading Machine). The Kurzweil Reading Machine is considered to be the world’s first consumer product to successfully incorporate artificial intelligence technology.

1975
First CCD Flatbed Scanner

1975
First Text-to-Speech speech synthesis

1967
First computer-based Expert System for College Selection (SELECT). SELECT was sold to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (New York)

1964
Developed computer-based expert system for music composition; won seven national awards including first prize in the International Science Fair in Electronics & Communications. Honored at award ceremony with President Johnson recognizing achievements of young American scientists.

1964
First computerized Four-Way Analysis of Variance (statistical program). Distributed by IBM for IBM 1620 computers.

Selected Current Products of Companies Founded by Ray Kurzweil

The companies founded by Ray Kurzweil all continue with major research and development programs and product lines. Three of these companies (the last three below) were sold to larger companies, but nonetheless maintain their identity as active subsidiaries. The products offered by these companies continue to be prominent in their markets, which are the same markets they were founded to pursue. Below are selected current products of these companies, many of which have won awards.

K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
kReader PC
K-NFB Reader Mobile
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence Network, Inc.
The KurzweilAI.net web site and newsletter

Kurzweil CyberArt, Inc.
AARON, The cybernetic artist

Ray Kurzweil’s Cybernetic Poet

Kurzweil Educational systems, Inc.:
Kurzweil 3000 Reading System for Persons with Reading Disabilities

Kurzweil 1000 Reading System for the Blind

Kurzweil Music Systems (division of Hyundai.):
Kurzweil Home Products: Mark 5, 10, 150, Micro Piano and others

Kurzweil Pro Products: K2000, K2500, K2600, PC88 and others

Nuance (formerly Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc.):
TextBridge (shrink-wrapped OCR product)

Selected Accomplishments of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.

  • Advisors/Mentors to:
    • United Therapeutics: (public) pharmaceutical company
    • Stem Cell Products, LLC
    • Inforte: e-business consulting
    • Zyvex: nanotechnology
    • New Hope Pharmaceuticals: cancer and disease assays
    • SSB Technologies: enabling web technology for disabilities
    • Integrated Fuel Cell Technologies: microscopic fuel cells using MEMS
    • Biophan Technologies: pacemakers that allow MRI
    • TechOnline: online education and training for engineers
  • Software Development of Patient Simulation System for The American Board of Family Practice
  • Advisor to TechOnline, a leading online educational site for engineers
  • Arranged the sale of the assets of The International Conference on Signal Processing Applications and Technology and DSP World EXPO to Miller Freeman Co., Inc.
  • Arranged the sale of the patent assets (as court appointed exclusive agent) of Kendall Square Research, Inc. to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Arranged the license of technology assets (as court appointed exclusive agent) of Kendall Square Research, Inc. to Dolphin Systems, Inc.
  • The principal technology advisor to Wang Laboratories, Inc. in the negotiation of its Strategic Alliance Agreement with Microsoft Corp.
  • The principal technology advisor to the Creditors Committee for Wang Laboratories, Inc. in the formulation of its plan of reorganization confirmed in September, 1993.

Public Company Board Positions

Social and Professional Organizations

  • Chancellor, The Singularity University
  • Trustee, MIT Corporation
  • Chairman and founder, The Kurzweil FoundationThe Kurzweil Foundation supports the application of technology for the handicapped and projects to advance public understanding of the social impact of new technology. A current project is to provide scholarships to blind students (over 250 given out).
  • Trustee, Beth Israel Hospital
  • Director, Massachusetts Computer Software Council
  • Former Director, Boston Computer Society
  • Incorporator, Boston Museum of Science
  • Former Member, MIT Corporation Visiting Committee, MIT School of Humanities and School of Music
  • Former Overseer, Board of Overseers, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Former Member, Technology Advisory Committee, National Center on Adult Literacy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chairman, “Robots and Beyond: The Age of Intelligent Machines” (Exhibition on Artificial Intelligence presented at eight leading science museums), 1987-1990.

Books and Film

TRANSCEND: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever
Rodale Books, April 2009

The Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology
Viking / Penguin Books, September 2005
Duckworth, March 2006 (British Edition)
6 Foreign editions, including Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Turkish
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, co-authored with Terry Grossman, M.D.
Rodale Books, October 2004
Rodale Books, May 2005 (British Edition)
5 Foreign editions, including French, Portugese, Korean, Chinese, and Czech
Are We Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil versus the Critics of Strong AI
The Discovery Institute Press (2002)
The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Viking / Penguin Books, 1999
Orion Books, 1999 (British Edition)
Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1999 (German Edition)
Allen & Unwin, 1999 (Australian Edition)
12 Foreign editions, including German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew.
The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life,
Crown Publishers, 1993
Bookman Press (Australian Edition), 1993
Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1995
The Age of Intelligent Machines,
MIT Press, 1990
MIT Press Paperback Edition, 1992
Hanser Verlag (German Edition), 1993
Conacyt (Spanish Edition), 1994
The Age of Intelligent Machines (the film),
MIT Press, 1987

Journalism

  • “The Futurecast,” A monthly column in Library Journal (1991 – 1993)
  • KurzweilAI.net: a leading web site for advanced technologies, providing about 1,000 articles and a daily electronic newsletter.

Honorary Degrees

2009
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Babson College
2009
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Clarkson University
2008
Honorary Doctorate of Science, McGill University
2007
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
2007
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Bloomfield College
2006
Honorary Doctorate of Science, DePaul University
2005
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2002
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Landmark College
2000
Honorary Doctorate in Science and Humanities, Michigan State University
1993
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Dominican College
1991
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Queens College, City University of New York
1990
Honorary Doctorate of Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology
1989
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Misericordia College
1989
Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, Merrimack College
1988
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1988
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Northeastern University
1987
Honorary Doctorate of Music, Berklee College of Music
1982
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Hofstra University

Selected Awards and Honors

2009
Leonardo Da Vinci Medallion of Honor, Leonard Davinci Society
2009
Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
2008
Forum Nokia Americas Tech Showcase Regional Award in recognition of the kReader Mobile.
2008
Inducted into the AES Technology Hall of Fame
2008
American Creativity Association Lifetime Achievement Award
2007
Chicago Lighthouse Centennial Award
2007
National Federation of the Blind Newell Perry Award
2006
Tech Museum Award in recognition of the Kurzweil – National Federation of the Blind Reader
2006
IEEE Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Communication
2006
Inducted into the Electronic Design Hall of Fame
2005
Inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame
2005
Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award, for research in the field of bioterrorism
2002
Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, founded by the U.S. Patent Office
2001
Platinum Album from the Canadian Recording Industry Association for contribution to the album “Spiritual Machines” by Our Lady Peace
2001
Second Annual American Composers Orchestra Award for the Advancement of New Music in America.
2000
Lemelson-MIT Prize. This $500,000 award is the largest in the U.S. in invention and innovation
1999
National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, to be presented by President Clinton in a White House Ceremony on March 14, 2000
1998
Stevie Wonder / SAP “Vision Award” for Product of the Year (for the Kurzweil 1000), a $150,000 prize (being used by the Kurzweil Foundation to provide scholarships to blind students)
1997
President’s Award, AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
1996
Software Industry Achievement Award, Massachusetts Software Council
1995
Access Prize, American Foundation for the Blind
1994
Dickson Prize, Carnegie Mellon University’s top science prize
1994
Gordon Winston Award, Canadian National Institute for the Blind
1993
ACM Fellow Award, Association for Computing Machinery
1992
Massachusetts Quincentennial Award for Innovation and Discovery
1991
Louis Braille Award, Associated Services for the Blind
1990
Engineer of the Year Award, awarded by Design News magazine
1989
Founders Award, awarded by MIT to leading alumni entrepreneurs
1988
Inventor of the Year Award, awarded by MIT, the Boston Museum of Science and Boston Patent Law Association
1986
Honorary Chairman for Innovation, White House Conference on Small Business
1986
The 1986 White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, President Reagan
1986
Distinguished Inventor Award, Intellectual Property Owners
1984
Best of the New Generation Award, Esquire Magazine
1984
“An American Portrait,” CBS News
1983
Francis Joseph Campbell Award, American Library Association
1982
Computer Science Award, President Reagan
1982
Admitted to the Computer Industry Hall of Fame
1981
National Award, Johns Hopkins University, Personal Computing to Aid the Handicapped
1978
Grace Murray Hopper Award, Association for Computing Machinery
1977
Governor’s Award, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis
1965
First Prize, Electronics and Communications, International Science Fair

Selected Book Awards and Honors

2005
New York Times Best Seller List, #1 ranking on Amazonin the categories of Science, Technology, and Philosophy: The Singularity is Near
1999
Literary Lights Prize, Boston Public Library: The Age of Spiritual Machines
1999
National Best Seller Lists, including #1 Ranking on Amazon in the categories of Science/Math and Artificial Intelligence, The Age of Spiritual Machines
1993
Regional BEST SELLER Lists: The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life
1991
Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990 Award, Association of American Publishers: The Age of Intelligent Machines
1991
The Silicon Valley BEST SELLER List: The Age of Intelligent Machines
1991
MIT Press Best Seller: The Age of Intelligent Machines

Selected Film Awards

1988
Prize of the President of the Festival, International Film Festival of Czechoslovakia
1988
Technology Culture Award, International Festival of Scientific Films, Belgrade
1987
CINE Golden Eagle Award
1987
Gold Medal – Science Education, International Film and TV Festival of New York
1987
Creative Excellence Award, U.S. Industrial Film and Video Festival
1987
The Chris Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival

Partial List of Patents

U.S. 7,098,917
Generating visual art
U.S. 7,084,874
Virtual reality presentation
U.S. 6,941,262
Poet assistant’s graphical user interface (GUI)
U.S. 6,754,823
Technique for distributing software
U.S. 6,747,672
Virtual patient hot spots
U.S. 6,692,258
Patient simulator
U.S. 6,647,395
Poet personalities
U.S. 6,587,583
Compression / decompression algorithm for image documents having text, graphical and color content
U.S. 6,320,982
Compression / decompression algorithm for image documents having text, graphical and color content
U.S. 6,246,791
Compression / decompression algorithm for image documents having text, graphical and color content
U.S. 6,199,042
Reading system
U.S. 6,173,264
Reading system displaying scanned images with dual highlighting
U.S. 6,125,347
System for controlling multiple user application programs by spoken input
U.S. 6,052,663
Reading system which reads aloud from an image representation of a document
U.S. 6,033,224
Reading machine system for the blind having a dictionary
U.S. 6,014,464
Compression / decompression algorithm for image documents having text, graphical and color content
U.S. 5,875,428
Reading system displaying scanned images with dual highlights

Selected Keynote Addresses and Principal Lectures

2008
Fifty one keynotes given around the world in locations including Switzerland, Italy, UK, Singapore, India, China , Germany, Colombia, Ecuador, Austria, Canada, amd USA. Selected hosts included: Advanced Equities, World Economic Forum, American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Game Developers Conference, Research in Motion, World Science Festival, JOnes Lang LaSalle, IdeaCity, Catholic Health Assembly, Information Today, UBS Philanthropy, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Academy of Engineering, Shanghai Music Show, Million Dollar Round Table, Association of American Medical Colleges, U.S. Army.
2007
Fifty two keynotes given around the world in locations including the US, South Korea, Holland, France, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia (2), Italy, England, and Canada.
Selected hosts included: Young President’s Organization, RSA Security, Hertz Foundation, World Innovation Forum East and West Coast, Killer App Expo, UBS Philanthropies, United Church of Christ, Computer Science Corporation’s Leading Edge Forum , Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Mayo Clinic, International Association for Electrical Engineers, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Broadway Partners, World Business Forum Milan, ExpoManagement Brazil, MIT Corporation, American Philosophical Association.
2005-2006
Keynote addresses at many public, academic, government, and corporate events including the Explorer’s club, TED2005, Cisco, Wired Magazine’s Icon Speaker Series, NIH Director’s Lecture, Google Zeitgeist, Microsoft, The World Bank, The Wall Street Journal & CNBC’s World Healthcare Congress, Tech Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at M IT, The Council on Foreign Relations, BioAgenda, BIO-IT World, the MIT CEO Summit, Stanford University, The World Future Society, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Computer Science Corporation’s Leading Edge Forum, IBM Research Zurich, and many others.
2000-2004
Keynote Addresses at many leading conferences, including the Microsoft CEO Summit, Pop!Tech, the World Economic Forum, PC Expo, SIGGRAPH, Business Week, the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Psychiatric Association, Cowen, TED, ACM, ICASSP, Agenda, NY Music & Internet Expo, a joint keynote address with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for SCP Capital, and many others.
1999
Presentations at Smithsonian, Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose), Philadelphia Library, Johns Hopkins University, Seybold Conference, CSPAN, and many others
1997
Keynote Address, AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) National Conference, “The Role of Technology in Overcoming Disabilities”
1997
Panel on Hal’s Birthday, University of Illinois at Urbana
1996
Keynote Address, National Federation of the Blind – Canadian National Institute for the Blind, International Conference on Technology for the Blind, “What Technology can Contribute”
1996
President’s Forum Address, Entrepreneurship Institute Conference
1996
Keynote Address, Association for Education and Rehabilitation, Annual International Conference, “The End of Handicaps”
1996
Keynote Address, Medical Group Management Association, “Computer Science and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century”
1996
Keynote Address, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
1996
Lecture, American Conference Institute, “Developing Intellectual Property”
1995
Joint Keynote Address with (former) Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Gartner Group, Annual International Conference on Personal Computing (MidEast), “Turing’s Prophecy”
1995
Keynote Address, Turnaround Management Association, “Creating and Preserving Wealth in the Age of Knowledge”
1995
Keynote Address, IBM Computing Conference, “The Future of Computing Technology”
1995
Dickson Prize Lecture, Carnegie Mellon University, “Machine Intelligence: The First 80 Years (1940 – 2020)”
1995
Friedberg Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, “The Future of Machine Intelligence”
1995
Keynote Address, Jo Taylor Leadership Institute National Conference, American Foundation for the Blind, “The End of Handicaps”
1994
Presentation on the Wang Reorganization to the MIT Enterprise Forum
1994
Keynote Address, Gartner Group, Annual International Conferences on Personal Computing (U.S. and Europe), “The Future of Computing”
1994
Keynote Address, Anderson Consulting, Annual National Partners Meeting, “The Sixty-Four Squares of the Chessboard”
1994
Winston Gordon Prize Lecture, Canadian National Institute for the Blind National Conference, “The Future of Disabilities Technology”
1994
Keynote Address, President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities National Conference, “The End of Handicaps”
1994
Keynote Address, PC Enterprise Conference, “The Future of Personal Computing”
1993
Keynote Address, National Conference on Technology for the Blind, National Federation of the Blind and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, “The Future of Technology for the Visually Impaired”
1993
Keynote Address, Technology and Learning Annual National Conference, National School Boards Association, “Learning and Technology”
1993
Keynote Address, Gartner Group, Annual National Conference on the Future of Information Technology, “The Computer in the Twenty-First Century”
1993
Keynote Address, Sematech National Conference, “The Future of Computer Technology”
1993
Keynote Address, U.S. Telephone, Annual National Meeting, “How to Save a Million American Lives a Year”
1993
Keynote Address, Dupont-Merck, Annual National Research and Development Conference, “The Future of Medicine”
1993
Keynote Address, Special Libraries Association, Annual National Meeting, “The Future of Books”
1993
Keynote Address, Intergraph Users Group Annual National Meeting, “Simulating Worlds Inside the Computer”
1993
Keynote Address, Oracle Users Group Annual National Meeting, “The Sixty-Four Squares of the Chessboard”
1993
Keynote Address, The 1993 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer Science National Conference, “The Emergence of True Machine Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century”
1992
Keynote Address, Association for Information and Image Management, “A Strategy for Competitiveness”
1992
Keynote Address, The Sixth Annual International Literacy and Technology Conference, “Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines”
1992
Presentation with Senator Edward Kennedy, High Tech Issues Seminar, Kennedy School of Government, “Economic Competitiveness and Software”
1991
Keynote Address, Speech Tech Annual Conference, “Automatic Speech Recognition: The First Hundred Years (1920-2020)”
1989
Keynote Address, SHARE (Association of users of IBM mainframe computers) Annual National Convention, “The History of the Computer”
1989
Keynote Address, Art and Science Summer Festival, California Museum of Science and Industry, “Creativity: Where Art and Science Meet”
1989
Keynote Address, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) National Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications, “From the Mind’s Eye to the Marketplace”
1987
Distinguished Lecturer, Harvard Business School, “Technology Innovation: From the Sandbox to the Showroom”
1987
Distinguished Lecturer, MIT, “Five Trends Shaping our Future World: Machine Intelligence, Parallel Processing, Silicon Compilation, Hardware to Software and Analog to Digital”
1987
Convocation Address, Berklee College of Music, “The Changing Face of Music Creation”
1986
Keynote Address on Innovation, White House Conference on Small Business, “Innovation and the Second Industrial Revolution”
1986
Principal presenter on “WorldNet,” series of three satellite broadcasts on Artificial Intelligence to 15 Nations, United States Information Agency
1984
Keynote Address, IEEE National Conference on Computer Design, “The Coming Age of Intelligent Machines”
1982
Commencement Address, Hofstra University, “Visions of the Future”

Selected Papers, Articles and Chapters

  • “Lets Not Go Back to Nature,” New Scientist, March, 2007
  • “Robots R US,” Scientific American, September, 2006
  • “Reprogramming Biology,” Scientific American, July, 2006
  • “Piece of Mind,” Forbes ASAP, February 22, 1999
  • “The Big Crash of Convergence,” Forbes ASAP, April 1997
  • “When Will HAL Understand What We Are Saying? Computer Speech Recognition and Understanding,” Chapter in Hal’s Legacy, edited by David Stork (MIT Press 1996)
  • “Why I am Building Reading Machines Again,” Braille Monitor, 1996
  • “The Sixty-Four Squares of the Chessboard,” Braille Monitor, 1994
  • “The End of Handicaps,” World Congress on Technology, December, 1991
  • “A Strategy for Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution,” The Hudson Institute, October, 1990
  • “Beyond Pattern Recognition,” Byte, December, 1989
  • “The Application of Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition and Knowledge Engineering to the Creation of Written Documents,” Speech Tech, April, 1988
  • “A Large Vocabulary Voice Activated Word Processor,” Speech Tech, April, 1987
  • “The Second Industrial Revolution,” The Boston Museum of Science, January, 1987
  • “The Technology of the Kurzweil Voice Writer,” Byte, March, 1986
  • “The Commercialization of Artificial Intelligence,” Boston Computer Society, February, 1986
  • “What is Artificial Intelligence Anyway?,” American Scientist, May-June, 1985
  • Testimony – Subcommittee, House Committee on Science and Technology, Rep. James Scheuer, (D-NY), Chairman, October 18, 1977, Washington, D.C.
  • Testimony – House Subcommittee on Select Education, Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.), Chairman, April 26, 1977, Washington, D.C.
  • Testimony – Senate Subcommittee on Handicapped, Sen. Jennings Randolph, (D-W. Va.), Chairman, February 8, 1977, Washington, D.C.
  • “A Technical Overview of Reading for the Blind,” Proceedings, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 1967
  • “International Analysis of Music,” Tech Engineering News, February, 1967
  • “Automatic Perception of Speech,” Tech Engineering News, October, 1966