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PC Magazine | Ray Kurzweil debunks exponential returns doubters at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — March 12, 2012 | Dan Costa

As you would expect, this kind of optimism draws a lot of fire from more pessimistic, perhaps more realistic, critics. On Monday at SXSW, Kurzweil took on the skeptics with an array of historical charts, future forecasts, and the simple belief that “you can start world-changing revolution with just the power of your ideas and everyday tools.”

The cornerstone to many of Kurzweil’s predictions is the… read more

Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Source: Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 21, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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Source: H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

CNET | Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 23, 2014

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Source: CNET — June 20, 2014 | Eric Mack

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and… read more

CNET News | Tech Pioneer Kurzweil Sees Grand Digital Future

June 29, 2000

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Source: CNET News — June 29, 2000 | Stephen Shankland

Kurzweil predicted a future in which human brains will be teeming with robots that can augment intelligence and transport people into virtual reality realms or enable people to back up their own childhood memories.

Alex Barnett Blog | Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 Singularity session inspired by Kurzweil

November 16, 2006

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Source: Alex Barnett Blog — November, 2006 | Alex Barnett

I love Mind Camp. When I’m asked what Mind Camp is I answer that it is whatever you want to make it. (more on the unconference format here).

When I arrived on Saturday morning I browsed the sessions that other attendees had proposed and there were a number that I wanted to attend.

I popped out to get a coffee from Starbucks and on the… read more

The Wall Street Journal | When computers beat humans on Jeopardy!

February 17, 2011

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 17, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Over the past three days,the TV show Jeopardy! featured a showdown between a clever IBM computer system called Watson and the two greatest Jeopardy! champions. Watson won handily. It won the preliminary practice round, tied Monday’s opening round, and won by large margins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The point has been made: Watson can compete at the championship level—and is making it more difficult for anyone to argue that there… read more

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