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News with Views | World future 2013

August 26, 2013

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Source: News with Views — August 13, 2013 | Debra Rae

The next horizon: director of engineering at Google, Raymond Kurzweil is a brilliant American inventor, evolutionary futurist, and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), The Singularity Is Near (2006), How to Create a Mind (2012), and more.

Through his “Edges of Life Lecture Series” at the College of Science (University of Arizona), Kurzweil characterizes information processes of technology as being quite predictable.

Correspondingly,… read more

Forbes | Should we fear the rise of the robots?

May 4, 2013

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Source: Forbes — May 4, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in the Terminator, it is the moment when computers take over, but… read more

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Graduates face new worlds they aren’t ready for

May 12, 2013

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Source: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier — May 12, 2013 | Scott Cawelti

More positively, breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology that will create or clone humans who live virtually forever, if they can afford and endure it. Humans who are more machine than human, as Ray Kurzweil explores in his book The Singularity Is Near.

Machines that outthink, outlive, and outmaneuver us at every turn. Siri, anyone? And other events too bizarre to even imagine, but

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Guardian Liberty Voice | Robots are coming and Google owns them

December 23, 2013

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — December 22, 2013 | Anthony Clark

Why is Google suddenly showing up in the robotics frontier, and how deep into the technology are they? This year Google has purchased 8 robotics companies. Google has also acquired 2 start-up companies: Bot & Dolly and AutoFuss. Also of interest is who Google is hiring into their robotic ranks.

This year, they hired machine learning expert Geoffrey Hinton and, last year, they hired famed inventor and artificial intelligence… read more

The Boy Genius Report | This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

June 26, 2014

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Source: The Boy Genius Report — June 25, 2014 | Brad Reed

Google employs visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written extensively about nanobots.

Kurzweil detailed his plan to live forever with the help of “nanorobots that augment your immune system, reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil predicted that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll have nanobots injected into our bodies that provide  all proper nutrients, while also… read more

TechCrunch | Yes Gmail users have some privacy, here’s what you can expect

August 14, 2013

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Source: TechCrunch — August 14, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein

Google can share your data across services, such as maps and docs. Google’s new Director Of Engineering, futurist Ray Kurzweil, told me that he wants to build a search engine that knows what users want before they do.

In order to give you up-to-date traffic directions on your commute, shopping recommendations, and tailored search answers, it’s helpful to know where you live, where you… read more

News Corp Australia | Google’s latest company Calico plans to do anti-ageing research

November 27, 2013

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Source: News Corp Australia — November 27, 2013 | Victoria Craw

Now Google bosses have turned their sights on a much more complex subject – the human body. The tech giant has recently embarked on a series of high profile hires for its new venture Calico, a company which wants to extend human life by up to 100 years.

It comes after the company hired Ray Kurzweil as engineering director, the 65-year-old credited with inventing speech recognition technology who… read more

Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

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Source: Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

Or, at least, his estimations of how long it will take… read more

Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 22, 2014

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Source: Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

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