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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Automobile | The arrival of autonomous cars examined

June 25, 2015

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Automobile — June 22, 2015 | Mike Floyd

Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor, futurist, and Google’s director of engineering, said in a speech at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress that self-driving cars are a given in the near future.

He says soon an inexpensive computer will be able to outperform a human at driving.

Google has enough brainiacs like Kurzweil to pull off its vision of a drone-like conveyance with no steering wheel,… read more

Bloomberg | Google’s new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life

June 25, 2015

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Bloomberg — June 25, 2015 | Jack Clark

The search giant Google has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant.

The research is part of a larger effort within Google to develop conversational AI tools.

Deep Mind, a Google research group in London, has created an AI capable of learning how to play video games without instructions. Geoff Hinton, a distinguished researcher at Google, is working on what’s known as thought vectors, which distill… read more

The Hindu Business Line | Get creative, says Kalam

June 23, 2015

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Can the computer challenge the brain? Quoting author Ray Kurzweil, former Indian President Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, predicted that by 2019 the computational ability of an ordinary PC would exceed the capability of human brain. However, the creativity of the human mind will always be superior to the most powerful computers in the horizon, he said. “Creativity comes from beautiful minds,” he added.

President Kalam is an Indian scientist… read more

The Hindu Business Line | AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 23, 2015

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The Hindu Business Line — June 22, 2015 | Vinson Kurian

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.… read more

CNBC | Labor case won’t help Uber’s driver of the future

June 19, 2015

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CNBC — June 17, 2015 | Andrew Wood

Uber recently poached 40 of the scientific minds working at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. Uber and Carnegie Mellon already had a partnership to work on robotics formed in 2015 that would include the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.

How close is Silicon Valley to producing a self-driving car? Google has said that self-driving cars could be available to consumers as early as 2020. That… read more

Tech Radar | Great tech innovators, Ray Kurzweil

June 19, 2015

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Tech Radar — May 31, 2015 | Darren Allan

Innovation is the life blood of technology, driving our lives onwards and upwards and steadily seeping into all aspects of our lives. And behind that innovation lays some truly great names — some familiar and some less so, as people bring their minds to bear on solving the biggest problems on the planet, or simply making things more fun.

Tech Radar has picked out the people we believe are… read more

Stereoboard | Fear Factory share new track “Soul Hacker”

June 18, 2015

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Stereoboard — June 18, 2015 | Laura Johnson

Fear Factory have shared their new track “Soul Hacker.” The song is features on the Los Angeles metallers’ album Genexus, August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Discussing the title of the record, vocalist Burton C. Bell said:

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words, genesis and nexus. This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being.… read more

Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

CNET | Google exec, humans will be hybrids by 2030

June 17, 2015

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CNET — June 4, 2015 | Chris Matyszczyk

We’ll be connecting our brains directly with the cloud, says Google futurist Ray Kurzweil. Google’s renowned predictor and vitamin pill taker, Ray Kurzweil, offered a future in which we keep our heads less in the clouds and more in the cloud.

Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, said of the year 2030, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and nonbiological thinking.”

You might think this more of… read more

The Times | Brains of the future will be hybrid of man and machine

June 16, 2015

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The Times — June 5, 2015 | James Dean

Human brains will be boosted with artificial intelligence at some point after the year 2030, one of the foremost thinkers on AI has said.

The brain will connect to online AI to become a “hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking,” Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, suggested.

Tiny  nanobots made from DNA strands would connect our brains to the internet, allowing us to augment our own intelligence… read more

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