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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Esquire | Liked Ex Machina? Check out the books and films that inspired the year’s best science fiction movie

May 24, 2015

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Esquire — April 25, 2015 | Matt Patches

Science fiction film Ex Machina director Alex Garland says he’s discovered a digital spirituality researching artificial intelligence.

Uploading consciousness into a computer is an incentive for financing this stuff. This is one of Google Director of Engineering and leading AI researcher Ray Kurzweil’s pervading points.

Kurzweil believes that by 2050, scientists could create new virtual bodies with nanobots allowing consciousnesses to escape death. Kurzweil said, “My plan is… read more

Esquire | The key to immortality may be uploading your brain

May 24, 2015

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Esquire — May 19, 2015 | Jill Krasny

Is immortality one click away? Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil’s conceit is that tech advances will enable it, if humans preserve their brains in software after their bodies have died.

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, founder of Sirius satellite radio and CEO of United Therapeutics, agrees with Kurzweil. “Offloading a mind to software is consistent with physics,” she told CNBC, and it may happen this century.

Rothblatt created a nonprofit where… read more

PSFK | Sophie Maxwell, the big switch off, why brands need to create new ways to connect

May 21, 2015

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PSFK — October 17, 2014 | Sophie Maxwell

Last year, Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil talked about a future where the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts as early as 2100.

Kurzweil said, “We’re going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more.”

In a technique called singularity, the human race will be able to upload their entire minds to become digitally… read more

PSFK | Peter Fingar, the cognitive computing era is upon us

May 20, 2015

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PSFK — May 20, 2015 | Peter Fingar

Geoffrey Everest Hinton is a computer scientist and psychologist, noted for his work on artificial neural networks.

Now working for Google, he joins artificial intelligence pioneer and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Andrew Ng, the Stanford University professor who set up Google’s neural network team in 2011.

Deep learning is now considered cutting edge AI that represents an evolution over primitive neural networks.

He is co-inventor of back… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

May 18, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

Seeking Alpha | The knowledge effect, excess returns of highly innovative companies

May 12, 2015

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Seeking Alpha — May 11, 2015 | Steven Vannelli and Eric Bush

Report by Gavekal Capital. Drug companies spend billions yearly testing new compounds, seeking the right molecular combinations.

Researchers rely on existing  human knowledge and on semiconductors to discover new knowledge. As the performance of semiconductors improves, the rate new discoveries can be uncovered accelerates.

Similarly, as the stock of human knowledge increases, the rate new discoveries can be found accelerates. When the inventory of human knowledge increases and… read more

The Huffington Post | Expecting the unexpected

May 12, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 8, 2015 | Charles Cannon

Author Ray Kurzweil predicts, “A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.

“Neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts we rely on, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death.”

I noted Kurzweil’s comment. This epoch is already upon us. Isn’t it true for… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: can you read 100 million web pages in a few seconds, your robot assistant will

May 12, 2015

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Big Think — May 11, 2015

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil has made some strong statements and bold predictions here at Big Think. Among them is the fusion between digital technology and the human body in an event called the singularity, allowing an essentially cloud based consciousness to arise — though hopefully a less aggressive one than the Borg’s.

In our most recent discussion with Kurzweil, he discusses the ability of natural language machines, such… read more

The Huffington Post | Seven top futurists make some pretty surprising predictions about what the next decade will bring

May 12, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 12, 2015 | Jacqueline Howard

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology.

What amazing advances are we likely to see in the next 10 years? Seven top futurists gave us surprising predictions.

1. Michio Kaku, PhD
2. Ray Kurzweil
3. Anne Lise Kjaer
4. James Canton, PhD
5. Jason Silva
6. Amy… read more

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 12, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our Breakthroughs series.

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