Forbes | 70,000+ have played Eyewire game that trains computers to map the brain

August 19, 2013

Forbes — August 19, 2013 | Aaron Frank

Today our technology improves at the speed of Moore’s Law, and those who study that exponential growth, like Ray Kurzweil, contend that we will not only map the brain in our lifetime, but are only a decade away from doing so.

Such ambitious claims are certain to give a neuroscientist the same knee jerk reaction that life scientists had when similar early claims were made about sequencing… read more

Vulture | Transcendence teaser: Johnny Depp is singularity and loving it

December 19, 2013


Vulture — December 19, 2013 | Jesse David Fox

Is everyone pumped for the singularity? We’ll get to live forever and play in synth-pop bands with Ray Kurzweil. That’s where Transcendence comes in.

Directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, it tells the story of a brilliant artificial intelligence researcher, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), who goes mad with power trying to achieve singularity. [...]

The Guardian | Computer dating: coming soon to an operating system near you?

February 20, 2014

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The Guardian — February 20, 2014 | Ben Child

Ray Kurzweil predicts that the AI dating depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Her might be possible by 2029.

Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and Google’s director of engineering makes the claim in a review of Spike Jonze’s much-praised sci-fi romance. In a post on his website, Kurzweil delivered a generally positive verdict on the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man called Theodore who falls in love with… read more

The Washington Post | What Eric Schmidt gets right and wrong about the future of artificial intelligence

September 22, 2015

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The Washington Post — September 15, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, known better as Google executive chairman, describes ways artificial intelligence will drive forward some key consumer segments — music and travel. He doesn’t go far enough in developing some truly breakthrough ideas about where AI is headed.

The legendary Ray Kurzweil was recruited by Google to work on AI projects. Eric Schmidt alludes to Google’s gmail, but doesn’t mention Deep Mind, now teaching machines… read more

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

The Washington Post | MeriTalk tech conference brings public and private sectors together

March 1, 2010


The Washington Post — March 1, 2010 | Mike Musgrove

To make some sense of technology’s rapid advances, MeriTalk reached for a Big Thinker, the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil:

“Part of my mission here will be to broaden the perspective of these IT directors,” he said. “It’s not just routers and cloud computing. We really are transforming all the things we care about with information technology.”

As areas of study such as health intersect… read more

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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Forbes | Ray Kurzweil on the future of innovation at Singularity University

October 12, 2011

Forbes — October 12, 2011 | Ted Greenwald

Ray Kurzweil, radical futurist and prophet of innovation, holds up a smartphone. “This device is a billion times more valuable per constant dollar than the computer I used as a student at MIT in the late ’60s,” he says. “In 25 years, it will be the size of a blood cell. And it will be a billion times more powerful.”

The famously far-thinking inventor and author — critics would… read more

NPR Talk of the Nation | Al Gore’s 24 hours on climate change

September 14, 2011

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NPR Talk of the Nation — September 14, 2011 | Neal Conan

MIKE (telephone caller): Hi. Yeah. Vice President, I wonder, have you met Ray Kurzweil before?

AL GORE: Yes, I know Ray.


GORE: And I had a day-long session with him, and I had a very interesting extended dialogue with him about climate, by the way. I respect him.

MIKE: Well, how do you respond to his criticism of global warming? I,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil talks about Singularity and theory’s critics

February 22, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — February 22, 2012 | Vauhini Vara

Ray Kurzweil believes computers will soon think like humans and ultimately merge with us, a notion he has dubbed “the singularity.”

That idea persuaded the former inventor in 2007 to form Singularity University, an institution housed at the NASA Research Park on Moffett Field in Mountain View, which teaches students about artificial intelligence and other topics straight out of science fiction.

While the institution isn’t… read more

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