Ray Kurzweil in the Press

This section is a collection of both current and archived Ray Kurzweil press, radio, and television interviews and appearances.

It includes hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on science and technology 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 engagements.

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The Washington Post | The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

April 24, 2015

Source: The Washington Post — April 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore’s Law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of technological change.… read more

The Japan News | Insights into the world, hopes and fears for the future of science

April 23, 2015

Source: The Japan News — April 20, 2015 | Masakazu Yamazaki

The central figure in popularizing futurology is Ray Kurzweil. Despite accepting the biological transformation of humans in the future, Kurzweil does have a strong belief in the basic concept of humans and the human centric philosophy.

As long as Kurzweil observes things about the world outside the human race, he shows no signs of ambiguity. He cites historical facts and data. He has his own views about “who I… read more

Autoevolution | Google’s Ray Kurzweil says autonomous cars will free us, are linked to immortality and VR

April 23, 2015

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Source: Autoevolution — April 22, 2015 | Mihnea Radu

The words of this inventor and futurist have struck a cord, explaining how the iRobot Audi fits in our future.

Kurzweil believes that by 2022, a $1,000 computer will be able to “emulate all the computation of the brain.”

2022 is when most car companies developing autonomous or semi-autonomous cars will be ready to launch. Kurzweil believes they help reduce the number of people killed in accidents, and… read more

Society of Automotive Engineers | Futurist Kurzweil discusses acceleration of intelligent technology

April 23, 2015

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Source: Society of Automotive Engineers — April 22, 2015 | Kami Buchholz

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees a remarkable century with autonomous vehicles transporting smarter, healthier persons to various destinations.

“We’re already smarter by the fact that we can access all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more intelligent information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago,” said Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering since 2012.… read more

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 22, 2015

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Source: Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

Playboy | Playboy interview — Bill Maher

April 16, 2015

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Source: Playboy — April 14, 2015 | David Hochman

David Hochman: You’ve said you don’t believe in heaven or hell, but do you have any quick ideas for your tombstone?

Bill Maher: Yeah. “What was that all about?” I certainly don’t want to be buried. Burn me, cremate me. I don’t want to be worm food or get eaten by maggots. But more than that, I don’t want to die.

I want Ray Kurzweil to come up… read more

The Daily Beast | How to hack your body to live past 120 – cheating death

April 15, 2015

Source: The Daily Beast — April 4, 2015 | Christian Borys

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says scientists have the opportunity to work on the fundamental structure of the body in the same way that an engineer can develop software.

SENS Research Foundation shares Kurzweil’s optimism about longevity. Kurzweil says breakthroughs will accelerate, “because biotechnologies are doubling in capability each year. They are now a thousand times more powerful than when the genome project completed in 2003, and will be a thousand… read more

Entrepreneur | Steve Wozniak, the future of AI is scary and very bad for people

April 13, 2015

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Source: Entrepreneur — March 23, 2015 | Laura Entis

Apple co-founder and programming whiz Steve Wozniak added his own predictions about artificial intelligence’s detrimental impact on the future of humanity.

“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” he told the outlet. Recent tech advancements have convinced Steve Wozniak that writer Raymond Kurzweil — who believes machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence within the next few decades — is onto something.

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The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

April 13, 2015

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Source: The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 13, 2015

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Source: Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

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