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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Vanity Fair | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence

November 30, 2014

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Source: Vanity Fair — November 26, 2014 | Kurt Andersen

I met with Ray Kurzweil, in the process of packing up for Silicon Valley, to begin his new job as Google’s director of engineering — leading a research team to create AI software that can converse in fully human fashion.

I asked if he took the job because Google will be the most powerful entity as we transition toward the singularity, Kurzweil said it “would be somewhat self… read more

The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 30, 2014

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Source: The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

Money Morning | How Google will dominate the future

November 21, 2014

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Source: Money Morning — November 10, 2014 | Michael A. Robinson

This industry leader has combined Warren Buffett’s business genius with the futurist brain of Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. And there’s nothing but profit ahead for investors.

Kurzweil has pushed the boundaries of innovation for more than five decades. Take a close look at Kurzweil’s work at Google, where he’s a director of engineering.

It’s not well known, but even before Kurzweil’s arrival, the internet search… read more

Business Insider | Five books celebrity life coach Tony Robbins thinks everyone should read

November 21, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — November 20, 2014 | Richard Feloni

In his career as a life coach, Tony Robbins has worked with a wide range of powerful people, including President Bill Clinton, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones.

We spoke with him recently and asked him what books he recommends to anyone, regardless of where they are in their career.

The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

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World Economic Forum | What will life be like in 2064?

November 10, 2014

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Source: World Economic Forum — October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell

If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely — in the cloud at least. Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a number of technologists, inventors and futurists who believe that the ability to upload our minds to the web, create virtual bodies, and thereby live forever, is within touching distance.

Kurzweil thinks we’ll achieve digital immortality as soon as 2045, and takes 150 supplements… read more

ZDNet | Computing experts call for repeal of copyrightable API decision

November 10, 2014

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Source: ZDNet — November 10, 2014 | Chris Duckett

Signed by Ken Thompson, Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Schneier, Guido van Rossum, Ray Kurzweil, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, and Andrew Tridgell, among others, the petition filed with the US Supreme Court said that the May ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court that granted Oracle copyright protection over certain parts of Java is widely regarded as both insupportable and dangerous. [...]

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Gold Seek | Who rules, information technology

October 27, 2014

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Source: Gold Seek — October 27, 2014 | George Smith

Kurzweil says exponential growth itself is growing exponentially and applies to a wide range of technologies, from electronic to biological.

He estimates a cubic inch of nanotube circuitry would be up to 100 million times more powerful than the human brain.

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The Tyee | Innovation is everywhere but what does it mean?

October 26, 2014

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Source: The Tyee — September 27, 2014 | Geoff Dembicki

If anyone can define innovation it’s Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil, two of its leading prophets. Kurzweil, a famed inventor and artificial intelligence theorist, was among the first to foresee the internet’s rise and vast cultural reach. He is a Director of Engineering at Google.

“In about 40 years,” he predicts, “the pace of change is going to be so astonishingly quick that you won’t be able to… read more

The Georgia Straight | Ray Kurzweil claims we can engineer human health

October 24, 2014

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Source: The Georgia Straight — February 25, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

“Biology,” Kurzweil said, “is suboptimal than what we can build.”

Now that health is an information technology, Kurzweil said, humans are adding an extra three months to their life expectancy every year.

“At some point in the near future, he claimed, “We’ll be adding a year every year to life expectancy, not just for infants, but for people already alive.” [...]

The Georgia Straight | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll replace fossil fuels in 20 years

October 24, 2014

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Source: The Georgia Straight — February 26, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

Ray Kurzweil’s idea of the future has been amazingly accurate. “Within 20 years,” he said, “we’ll have largely replaced fossil fuels.”

As for the waste left behind by old industries, Kurzweil said that information technologies will after we move to environmentally friendly, renewable forms of energy, nanotechnology can clean up environmental impact from industrial technologies.

“We’ll recycle physical products using nanotechnology to reorganize the molecules which are… read more

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