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Las Vegas Sun | Weekend best bets: Paula Poundstone, Ben Folds Five and Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck

Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lectureRay Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | 5 things you should know about the future

February 15, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Silicon Valley is known for inventing the future rather than predicting it. But this week, I did a deep dive into the business of futurism, speaking with several professional futurists about what they see on the horizon. Here are the top five takeaways from my conversations with experts in the art of navigating the unknown.

2) Rather than playing dress-up in history class, you’ll be able… read more

Information Week | Voice Dream Reader affordable TTS for disabled users

May 15, 2013

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Source: Information Week — May 15, 2013 | David F. Carr

Text-to-voice technology has a long history. The famed technologist Ray Kurzweil created an early reading software product in 1976, which in 1996 led to the founding of Kurzweil Educational Systems, a leading maker of reading software for PCs and Macs.

However, the Kurzweil software costs as much as $1,500 a seat, while some of the other PC-based text-to-speech products cost $50 to $70, Chen said. “We charge… read more

Democrat and Chronicle | Ra Ra Riot is pushing its sound

May 31, 2013

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Source: Democrat and Chronicle — May 31, 2013 | Jeff Spevak

There is a temptation here to present Ra Ra Riot as some kind of intellectual pop hothouse of futuristic ideas, discussing the artificial intelligence predictions of Ray Kurzweil and the sci-fi futurist writings of William Gibson while riding from gig to gig in the tour bus. “It has happened,” says violinist Rebecca Zeller. “Probably more in the van than in the bus.”

To… read more

CNET | Glassholes: At least you know who they are

March 18, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 16, 2014 | Stephen Shankland

It’s quite possible that ordinary looking glasses, or perhaps jewelry or clothing or Bluetooth earpieces, could have such technology built into it. Maybe it’ll even be in contact lenses or, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanobots in our brains and bloodstream will intercept our own sensory data, process and store it, then communicate directly with our own neurons.

That latter idea is pretty far out, but given how… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

Voice of America | Inventing the Future

June 24, 2009

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Source: Voice of America — Jun 24, 2009 | Erin Brummett

Welcome to T2A Chat as we meet one of the world’s leading inventors, Ray Kurzweil. He was principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray joins us from Boston, Massachusetts.… read more

h+ magazine | Ray Kurzweil: The h+ interview

December 30, 2009

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Source: h+ magazine — December 30, 2009 | Surfdaddy Orca, R.U. Sirius

A 3-way conversation with the brilliant and controversial inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil needs little or no introduction to most h+ readers. Principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition, Ray… read more

Wired | Peer review: Ray Kurzweil’s read on latest AI insights

October 31, 2002

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Source: Wired — October 2002 | Ray Kurzweil

As one of the world’s leading roboticists, Rodney Brooks (Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Chairman of the successful iRobot Corporation) is also the consummate teacher.

He has a penchant for clear explanation and in his latest book, Flesh and Machines, How Robots Will Change Us, Brooks lucidly explores a wide range of themes related to his life with robots.

These range from… read more

Technology Review | Paul Allen: The Singularity isn’t near

October 12, 2011

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Source: Technology Review — October 12, 2011 | Paul Allen & Mark Greaves

Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter machines will soon outrun all human capabilities. They call this tipping point the singularity, because they believe it is impossible to predict how the human future might unfold after this point.

Once these machines exist, Kurzweil and Vinge claim, they’ll possess… read more

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