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

June 26, 2014

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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

Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

The Christian Science Monitor | Kiss me, you human

June 28, 2001

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The Christian Science Monitor — June 28, 2001 | Stephen Humphries

You needn’t have taken a philosophy course to see A.I., the new Steven Spielberg movie, but you may wish you’d enrolled in Philosophy 101 by the time you exit the cinema. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), is a futuristic story in which a robot resembling an 11-year-old boy embarks on a Pinocchio-like quest to become human. Mr. Spielberg’s movie posits the idea that machines can develop self-awareness, and even… read more

InformationWeek | Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity future

July 3, 2010

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InformationWeek — July 3, 2010 | Michael Greene

The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity Is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.

Tech professionals have become somewhat inured to descriptions of the exponential rise in computing power in what is commonly described as Moore’s law. But when inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil strings together dozens of examples on logarithmic graphs to support his… read more

Belfast Telegraph | The thought of immortality is just doing my poor head in

February 18, 2011

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Belfast Telegraph — February 18, 2011 | Robert McNeill

This news just in: we’re all going to be immortal by 2045. Better order some more milk. This really mucks up my plans. In 2045, I’ll be 88, which means I’ll be doomed to an eternity of right-wing opinions and micturating in my habiliments.  Actually, reading the small print, it says we won’t need clothes in future. More on that shock news later.

Of course, not wishing to… read more

The Wrap News | Sony suspends production on Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singularity’

November 10, 2011

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The Wrap News — November 10, 2011 | Joshua L. Weinstein

Sony has put production of Singularity, Roland Emmerich’s big-budget sci-fi film, on hold while the filmmakers revise the script, The Wrap has confirmed.… read more

The New York Times | Judging the Super Bowl commercials, from charming to smarmy

February 5, 2012

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The New York Times — February 5, 2012 | Stuart Elliott

Best Buy: A year after a silly Super Bowl spot with Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne, Best Buy celebrated real achievement with a commercial honoring technological innovators like Philippe Kahn, who declares, “I created the camera phone,” and Kevin Systrom, a founder of the photo-sharing app Instagram. [...]

Library Journal | Nonfiction previews, October 2012, part 2: Applebaum, Kurzweil, & more

April 16, 2012

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Library Journal — April 16, 2012 | Barbara Hoffert

Ray Kurzweil’s How To Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Viking. Oct. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780670025299. $27.95. SCIENCE

New York Times best-selling author (The Singularity Is Near), National Medal of Technology winner, and former Library Journal columnist (note that he was keynote speaker at LJ’s first virtual ebook summit), Kurzweil here explains reverse engineering the brain. It’s a project to understand how the… read more

The Leonard Lopate Show | Revealing the secret of human thought

November 20, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show — November 20, 2012 | Leonard Lopate

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems.

In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we… read more

Business Wire | Transforming Big Data into fast data at Global Directions Conference

August 13, 2013

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Business Wire — August 13, 2013 | Kodak

Conference sessions will build on the “Fast Data for Fast Business” theme with case studies and best practices from CIOs, CMOs and prominent executives from high-profile brands, companies and government agencies including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LexisNexis, the Atlanta Falcons, the U.S. Department of the Interior and Equifax.

Their presentations will provide real-world examples to help attendees understand how to overcome the challenges of information management,… read more

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