Ray Kurzweil in the Press

A collection of both current and archived Ray Kurzweil press, radio and television interviews and appearances.

Magazine and newspaper articles on science and tech breakthroughs, controversies, and predictions – explored through the lens of leading journalists in discussions with Kurzweil and colleagues – and videos of Ray Kurzweil's TV interviews and public speaking.

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Genius | Ray Kurzweil: How the world will change

August 27, 2015

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Genius — August 1, 2015

about| What is Genius online? Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. Your interactive guide to human culture.

Genius layers answers to questions over the text itself, enabling you to answer them as you read.

Whenever you’re interested in a passage, you can click it to read an annotation that explains in plain language what you’re reading and why it’s important.

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Genius | Ray Kurzweil: On Google and the singularity

August 27, 2015

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Genius — August 1, 2015

about | What is Genius online? Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. Your interactive guide to human culture.

Genius layers answers to questions over the text itself, enabling you to answer them as you read. Whenever you’re interested in a passage, you can click it to read an annotation that explains in plain language what you’re reading and why it’s important.

How… read more

The Huffington Post | What’s human, Google goes Android

August 25, 2015

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The Huffington Post — August 21, 2015 | G. Benjamin Bingham

Humanity is in a technological identity crisis and Google’s Ray Kurzweil is intent on designing our future. Can we humans become more human?

On the other hand, will subtle thinking, like sleep, be built into the immortal android race being prepared by Google’s head of research, Mr. Kurzweil?

“Humans will continue to be creative,” is Kurzweil’s simple answer to the question what will humans do when the androids… read more

Singularity University: Singularity Hub | Are you a thinking thing? Why debating machine consciousness matters

August 18, 2015

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Singularity University: Singularity Hub — August 16, 2015 | Alison E. Berman

In a recent talk, Ray Kurzweil showed the complexity of measuring machine consciousness.

“We can’t just ask an entity: Are you conscious?” he said. “Because we can ask entities in video games today, and they’ll say: Yes, I’m conscious and I’m angry at you.

“But we don’t believe them because they don’t have the subtle cues that we associate with really having that subjective state. My prediction is that… read more

Financial Times | As Intel co-founder’s law slows, a rethinking of the chip is needed

August 10, 2015

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Financial Times — July 16, 2015 | Richard Waters

Rather than doubling the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years — the rate of progress since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made his famous prediction Moore’s law 50 years ago — the period has stretched out to two and a half years.

That will have a deep effect on technology. It implies the chip industry’s extra computing power, over the next decade, will be only half what it would… read more

The Huffington Post | Transhumanism is booming and big business is noticing

August 10, 2015

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The Huffington Post — July 17, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan

Honestly, no one knows the answers definitely yet, but here are the best tactics so far. Inventors like Google’s Ray Kurzweil believe it can be done with machines and mind uploading.

Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation Chief Scientist and Transhumanist Party anti-aging advisor, Aubrey de Grey, PhD believes it can be done with biology and medicine.

Others believe big data can find out the very best ways to achieve… read more

The Daily Dot | Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

August 10, 2015

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The Daily Dot — Aug 5, 2015 | Dylan Love

The singularity is a hypothesized time in the future, approximately 2045, when the capabilities of non-living electronic machines will supersede human capabilities.

Undismissable contemporary thinkers like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Ray Kurzweil warn us that it will change everything. Hawking likens it to receiving a message from aliens announcing their arrival in “a few decades,” saying this is “more or less” what’s happening with artificial intelligence software.

Talk of the singularity ripples with… read more

Politico | Americans are living longer, what if that’s a disaster?

August 4, 2015

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Politico — August 1, 2015 | Michael Grunwald

Gordon Woo, PhD is a Cambridge mathematician and MIT theoretical physicist who now works for the consultancy Risk Management Solutions, analyzing catastrophic risks.

Journalist Michael Grunwald talked to Woo about what he’s learned about old age — its consequences, what kinds of people are most likely to achieve it, what kinds of medical advances are likely to prolong it.

And what it means for public and private finances… read more

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?

August 4, 2015

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — July 30, 2015 | Edward Moore Geist

Superintelligence, the book by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, PhD, is the culmination of intellectual trends mounting for decades, with a significant mainstream following.

Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, is an apostle for the notion that self-improving artificial intelligence will bring about a tech revolution he calls the singularity.

In his vision, uploaded human minds will merge with AI to live forever in android bodies or as computer… read more

The Huffington Post | Dear Ray Kurzweil

July 27, 2015

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The Huffington Post — June 30, 2015 | Kevin F. Adler

Dear Ray Kurzweil,

You connected Singularity University to my work with one simple insight: stories were the first invention. Life is pretty short in prehistoric times if the story of the lion behind the rock is not effectively communicated.

My passion is not for technology for technology’s sake, but for people and for the power of technology to unlock our potential as a community.

When you speak of… read more

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