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 New Yorker | How to live forever

February 24, 2015

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Source: The New Yorker — February 22, 2015 | Tim Wu

Ray Kurzweil declared we may be uploading our brains by the 2030s. Assume, along with Stephen Hawking, PhD and Kurzweil, that it is plausible for the information in our heads to be digitized and stored somewhere else.

Perhaps a better approach for future Ray Kurzweils is not copying our brains but, rather, trying to migrate the self to a new physical host. Like a hermit crab seeking a new… read more

Newsweek | Should we be afraid of robots?

February 11, 2015

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Source: Newsweek — February 8, 2015 | Kevin Maney

Elon Musk wants us to start talking about what we do with artificial intelligence. To that end, he’s donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to study ways to make sure AI is beneficial to humanity.

Google has set up an ethics board to keep an eye on its AI work. Futurist Ray Kurzweil writes, “We have a moral imperative to realize AIs promise while controlling the… read more

The Guardian | Rise of the robots, how long do we have until they take our jobs?

February 11, 2015

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Source: The Guardian — February 4, 2015 | Hannah Devlin

Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, if they overcome current limitation.

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has estimated that robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, purportedly leaving us about 14 years to reign supreme.

The next step, elusive thus far, is developing a program that actually understands the meaning of words and phrases. Computer scientists generally… read more

Inquisitr | Ray Kurzweil predicts some fantastic things coming in the next 25 years

February 11, 2015

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Source: Inquisitr — February 1, 2015

Ray Kurzweil says by the 2020s most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical tech. Normal eating will be replaced by nanosystems.

The Turing test — a test where artificial intelligence becomes indistinguishable from human intelligence — is passed

Self driving cars will take over roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.

He says by the 2030s, virtual reality will… read more

Fact | Ray Kurzweil to receive Technical Grammy Award

February 6, 2015

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Source: Fact — February 6, 2015

Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for his lifetime of work in the field of music technology. The Technical Grammy Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of technical significance to the field of music recording.

Kurzweil is perhaps best known in the music world for Kurzweil Music Systems, the company he founded in 1982.

KMS introduced the… read more

Synthtopia | Ray Kurzweil awarded Technical Grammy Award

February 6, 2015

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Source: Synthtopia — February 5, 2015

Inventor Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award Sunday, Feb 8th, for his work in the field of music technology. He founded Kurzweil Music Systems in 1982 and in 1984 introduced the Kurzweil K250, a computer based instrument that could realistically create sounds of a grand piano and other orchestra instruments. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | WSJ Magazine: the columnists for November 2014

December 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — October 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: the future. Columnist Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, futurist and author.

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

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