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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Forbes | Do humans live too long?

July 18, 2014

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Source: Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen

Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most famous immortalist, insisting there is no reason to believe death can’t be stopped or reversed, a feat that would only contribute to overall human productivity.

“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more

The New York Times | Silicon Valley sharknado

July 12, 2014

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Source: The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.

Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to

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TED | What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

June 30, 2014

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Source: TED — March 24, 2014

At TED 2014, we challenged attendees to vote on 10 potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The range of opinions was vast and intriguing.

And what do you think? See how your thoughts match up with the rest of the TED community. Below, some relevant quotes from TED Talks. [...]

TED | What might the future hold? Predictions at TED 1984 to 2014

June 30, 2014

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Source: TED — March 24, 2014

TED | Predictions are a mug’s game. Nonetheless, many TED speakers have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like.

This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Motherboard | Ray Kurzweil says we’ll be 3D printing our clothes in less than 10 years

June 27, 2014

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Source: Motherboard — June 26, 2014 | Max Cherney

As noted futurist Ray Kurzweil said at Google’s I/O conference yesterday, the hype, while partly a result of the boom-bust-recovery theory of capitalism, should be taken seriously.

In ten years, you’re probably going to print your own clothes for a few cents, he told the audience.

Kurzweil said transnational fashion enterprises aren’t into it because, like other industries, they’re afraid their bottom line is going to suffer. [...]… read more

CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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Source: CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

The Boy Genius Report | This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

June 26, 2014

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Source: The Boy Genius Report — June 25, 2014 | Brad Reed

Google employs visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written extensively about nanobots.

Kurzweil detailed his plan to live forever with the help of “nanorobots that augment your immune system, reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil predicted that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll have nanobots injected into our bodies that provide  all proper nutrients, while also… read more

BostInno | Let’s geek out 8 standout sessions scheduled for Google I/O

June 26, 2014

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Source: BostInno — June 23, 2014 | Gillis Bernard

One of the most-highly anticipated developer events of the year is Google I/O.

Hot sessions. Head to Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil’s session on “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence” to learn that, “by extending our minds with our intelligent technology that we can overcome humanity’s grand challenges.” [...]

BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 26, 2014

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Source: BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Source: Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

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