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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Forward | Stephen Hawking’s worst nightmare, golem 2.0

November 7, 2015

Forward — January 4, 2015 | Benjamin Blech

In a recent interview, physicist Stephen Hawking, PhD, said he was deeply concerned for the future of humanity. The cause is artificial intelligence, the creation of intelligent machines able to out-think their creators. Artificial intelligence, as an extension of our intellectual ability, has many advantages.

Yet it has no moral sensitivity. It does not share the ethical limitations of its programmer.

Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, said, “It… read more

Forward | A rabbi and a futurist trade words of wisdom

November 6, 2015

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Forward — November 4, 2015 | Josh Nathan Kazis

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, the Aleph Society, spoke on stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

They talked about evil and progress, then the audience went upstairs for cocktails. Steinsaltz is a writer on religious principles, Jewish theorist, and a popular university and radio commentator.

Kurzweil is a prolific inventor and writer, known for his predictions about technology, who brought his kids… read more

CBC Spark | Building a better brain, Ray Kurzweil on the future of artificial intelligence

November 2, 2015

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CBC Spark — June 10, 2012 | Nora Young

listen to the show | In this episode of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tech trends radio show Spark, hostess Nora Young interviews Ray Kurzweil on his principles for understanding the brain’s organization and functions, heralding new advances that could result in computers that mimic human abilities.

full transcript | You can think of the brain as an amazing feat of engineering. Researchers struggle to piece together just… read more

CBC | Artificial intelligence, human brain to merge in 2030s, says futurist Kurzweil

November 2, 2015

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CBC — June 9, 2015 | Solomon Israel

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, says we’re close to linking our brains with AI. Science fiction has a long tradition of pitting artificial intelligence (AI) against humanity in a struggle for dominance.

Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist and inventor, envisions a more cooperative future. He says the human brain will soon merge with computer networks to form a hybrid artificial intelligence. “In the 2030s we’re going to connect directly from the… read more

Forbes | Technology may take your job but you’ll still be able to protect your income

October 29, 2015

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Forbes — October 28, 2015 | Louis Efron

From brawn to brain, jobs lost to tech will force humans to transition to work relying on grey matter versus muscle.

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering and a noted futurist, claims that by 2030s we will be linking our brains to cloud computers, greatly expanding our own computing ability.

Plus we will be able to upload our brains to the cloud. This will create an economy driven almost exclusively by… read more

Futurism | The dawn of the singularity, a visual timeline of Ray Kurzweil’s predictions

October 13, 2015

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Futurism — October, 2015

The following predictions were made by Ray Kurzweil in his book The Singularity Is Near. Now a director of engineering at Google, he has made 147 predictions since the 1990s, and has maintained an astonishing 86% accuracy rate.

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Forbes | The SAP Future Series

October 7, 2015

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Forbes — June 10, 2015 | Dan Wellers

Processor speed, data storage, bandwidth, connected devices and sensors are leaping ahead exponentially. That’s how it is with digital technologies.

Ray Kurzweil predicted progress in this century could be of equal magnitude to all progress over the last 200 centuries. The fundamental driver behind this is the relentless digitization of everything.

That’s because once something is digitized it can be copied infinitely, perfectly every time, and made immediately available to… read more

Medium | In robotics you have to look for hidden limitations

October 6, 2015

Medium — October 4, 2015 | Scott Friedman

In robotics, you have to look for the hidden limitations. They are there, but robotocists and press don’t talk about them, and civilians don’t even know to ask. I founded Seegrid with Hans Moravec, Phd and with generous support from futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, who was on our Seegrid board of directors. I’ve got a little expertise here.

For self-driving cars, there are at least 3 giant hidden limitations.read more

The Huffington Post + The World Post | Ray Kurzweil: in the 2030s nanobots in our brains will make us god like

October 6, 2015

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The Huffington Post + The World Post — October 1, 2015 | Kathleen Miles

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• article link | 1.  Peter Diamandis’ Bold a reminder of how entrepreneurs will control the world’s fate
by Vivek Wadhwa | 03.25.2015

• article link | 2.  Let’s… read more

Forbes | The Kurzweilian logic of exponential growth in the interconnected era

October 1, 2015

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Forbes — September 30, 2015 | Dan Woods

A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into 4 broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing today in the interconnected era. What are the rules of this era? Are any patterns emerging? What skills will be needed? What infrastructure is required?

I suggest turning to futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil for guidance about how this plays out, who will win, and… read more

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