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The Futurist | How to make a mind

February 15, 2013

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Source: The Futurist — February 15, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

Can nonbiological brains have real minds of their own? In this article, drawn from his latest book, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the future of intelligence — artificial and otherwise.

“The mammalian brain has a distinct aptitude not found in any other class of animal. We are capable of hierarchical thinking, of understanding a structure composed of diverse elements arranged in a pattern, representing that arrangement with a symbol,… read more

The Huffington Post | Are computers playing games with us?

April 2, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — April 2, 2012 | David H. Bailey

The future will be different. So where is all this heading? A recent Time article features an interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts an era, roughly in 2045, when machine intelligence will meet, then transcend human intelligence. Such future intelligent systems will then design even more powerful technology, resulting in a dizzying advance that we can only dimly foresee at the present time. Kurzweil outlines… read more

Motherboard | Brain cells may live longer when not tied to their weakling, mortal flesh

February 27, 2013

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Source: Motherboard — February 27, 2013 | Austin Considine

In an interview last year with Motherboard’s Derek Mead, professor Kevin Warwick described an experiment in which he and a team of scientists created a very simple, two-dimensional, living brain of about 100,000 neurons and connected it to robots (a human brain, by contrast, approaches 100 billion).

It’s just a matter of time, he suggests, before scientists can build one in 3-D that’s much bigger. He also thinks… read more

SmartPlanet | When brain implants arrive, will we still be us?

November 19, 2012

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Source: SmartPlanet — November 19, 2012 | Reena Jana

What happens when non-biological implants in our bodies — along the lines of cochlear implants to improve hearing in the deaf — include brain-related devices that might enhance our memories? Will we still be “us”? Will we be more of a cyborg than we were if, say, we had another type of implant? And for those who believe we would not be, at what point do we… read more

Time | The future of food, experts predict how our plates will change

October 9, 2014

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Source: Time — October 9, 2014 | Sarah Begley

Ray Kurzweil |The next major food revolution will be vertical agriculture, in which we grow food in AI controlled vertical buildings rather than horizontal land: hydroponic plants for fruits and vegetables and in vitro cloned meat. Benefits will be profound:

1. Today over one third of usable land is devoted to agriculture (70% of which is for animals for meat production). Vertical agriculture will free up almost all… read more

Long Now Foundation | How hard should the Turing test be?

July 29, 2014

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Source: Long Now Foundation — July 29, 2014 | Austin Brown

Within the world of Long Now’s Long Bets, $20,000 is on the line. Mitch Kapor predicted in 02002 that “By 2029 no computer — or machine intelligence — will have passed the Turing test.”

Ray Kurzweil, who popularized the Turing test in his books, countered that reverse-engineering of the human brain will allow computer programs that can think like a human, and that research is accelerating.

The… read more

Ray Kurzweil Q&A with Darwin Magazine

December 3, 2001 by Ray Kurzweil

Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more

The Blaze | What happens when machine overtakes man?

December 15, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

As listeners may know, Glenn Beck believes strongly in Ray Kurzweil’s work and the concept of Singularity. Kurzweil argued that this convergence, resulting in Singularity, would occur due to exponential increases in technology, which would develop at faster and faster rates over time under the Law of Accelerating Returns.

Glenn has argued that technological advances will be so rapid and jarring that the results will often be unpredictable,… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s

May 14, 2013

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Source: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — May 14, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

We currently fight heart disease with drugs that reduce cholesterol buildup; but with new technologies predicted for the 2020s, we will simply grow new veins or hearts where necessary. In fact, nearly all of our organs, bones, muscles, hair, and skin can be replaced as these new procedures become available.

Ray Kurzweil, in his best-selling book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, confirmed that we… read more

MIT Technology Review | Q&A with futurist Martine Rothblatt

October 21, 2014

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Source: MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, says it’s “wonderfully suggestive” of a time when computers really will think and feel.

Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more

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