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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MIT Tech Review | An immersion course in exponential thinking at Singularity University lures executives wary of disruption

January 28, 2017

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MIT Tech Review — January 27, 2017 | Tom Simonite

Singularity University is a for-profit, non-accredited institution dedicated to the theories of futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil. Several times a year it admits groups of executives for a $14,000, week course in exponential leadership.

Singularity University was founded by Ray Kurzweil and space entrepreneur and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis in 2009. It promulgates the philosophy of Kurzweil — the futurist, now at Google — who believes progress biotechnology and… read more

Huffington Post | Self-driving cars are the future

January 20, 2017

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Huffington Post — January 3, 2017 | Rachel Wolfson

Entrepreneurs are moving quicker and quicker as time goes on. Google’s futurist Ray Kurzweil calls this acceleration of tech over time speeding up the law of accelerating returns.

Tech hubs that enable a more advanced society can progress at a faster rate than other societies.

19th century entrepreneurs knew more and had better tech than 15th century business owners, so society was far more advanced in the 19th… read more

Time | In Memoriam 2016 — 11 celebrities remembered by their friends and colleagues

December 29, 2016

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Time — December 28, 2016

To many observers, the deaths of icons like Prince, David Bowie and Muhammad Ali made 2016 a tragic year for the loss of giants of the cultural world. While those deaths shocked the world, every week of every year has sadness of its own.

Since the very first issue of Time, the magazine has marked those deaths — and celebrated their lives — in a column called Milestones.… read more

San Francisco Chronicle | Singularity University focuses on tech transforming society

December 29, 2016

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San Francisco Chronicle — December 27, 2016 | Carolyn Said

Singularity University wants to help people envision and create upbeat prospects. Singularity University isn’t a university: it combines a think tank, business incubator, world-wide conferences and short duration on-site education programs, with an online community of alumni.

Singularity comes from the science fiction concept of a point where tech changes so rapidly it transforms human life. More specifically, it comes from futurist & inventor, co-founder Ray Kurzweil’s 2006 book Theread more

Rappler | Rob Nail: a sci fi future now

July 22, 2016

Rappler — July 20, 2016 | Maria A. Ressa

Can you imagine a world where robots do basic jobs and allow people to work only 10 hours a week? Visionary Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder of Singularity University, sees the exponential growth of technology.

In the future, our jobs will disappear because robots will take over most tasks, and energy will be free, irreversibly transforming economic, political, and social systems around the world. The driver? The exponential growth… read more

Sony | Ray Kurzweil featured in question on TV game show Jeopardy!

June 30, 2016

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As seen on TV. Ray Kurzweil was featured on the television game show Jeopardy! in a question about attending college. Three contestants were competing, but unfortunately none of them got the answer. The episode aired on television on May 25, 2016.

The company IBM competed in 2011 on Jeopardy! with its artificial intelligence computer named Watson, winning the game in a remarkable display of the power of computer algorithms and… read more

Forbes | 3 reasons to believe the singularity is near

June 3, 2016

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Forbes — June 3, 2016 | Greg Satell

When Ray Kurzweil published his book The Singularity Is Near in 2006, many scoffed at his predictions. A year before Apple launched its iPhone, Kurzweil imagined  humans and computers fusing, unlocking capabilities seen in science fiction movies.

His argument is simple — as tech accelerates at an exponential rate, progress could eventually become  instantaneous, a singularity. He predicts as computers advance, they could merge with other tech like genomics, nanotechnology and robotics.

Today… read more

Communitech | Ray Kurzweil looks boldly into the future at 2016 Tech Leadership Conference

May 18, 2016

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Communitech — May 12, 2016 | Chuck Howitt

Futurist, author and inventor Ray Kurzweil delivered a keynote speech to 800 attendees at 2016 Tech Leadership Conference in Waterloo, Canada. Ray Kurzweil envisions the future — by year 2020, 3D printing will transform manufacturing. People will print their own clothing, he predicts. In Asia, builders are making small office buildings using modules made by 3D printers. Inventors created jet engines and cars out of printed parts, Kurzweil says.… read more

Qmed | The future of medical technology according to Ray Kurzweil

May 16, 2016

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Qmed — January 26, 2016 | Brian Buntz

Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself for making outlandish technology forecasts, many of which have proven accurate. Here, we summarize some of his predictions that could have the largest implications on medicine.

Ray Kurzweil’s initial claim to fame was his inventions — including the flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech converter for the blind, and a groundbreaking music synthesizer .

But he has received more attention in… read more

The Guardian | From zero gravity to ride & tie, the quirky hobbies of the tech elite

May 11, 2016

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The Guardian — April 8, 2016 | Olivia Solon

For Silicon Valley’s successful tech entrepreneurs the world is a playground of creative ways to unwind, and even boost productivity. Long hours, high stress and overwhelming pressure — the work culture of Silicon Valley is notoriously unforgiving.

So it’s not surprising that tech entrepreneurs find creative ways to blow off steam in their spare time.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, for example, spends time learning flying trapeze, while former… read more

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