The Wall Street Journal | Why you should bet big on bionic brains

November 23, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 23, 2012 | Matt Ridley

When an IBM computer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folk opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising. Mastering the subtleties of human language, including similes, puns and humor, would remain far beyond the reach of a computer.

Last year another IBM program, Watson, triumphed at just these challenges by winning… read more

The New York Times | How I learned to stop worrying and love artificial intelligence

September 22, 2015

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The New York Times — September 21, 2015 | Robert A. Burton

The distinction between man and machine is under siege. The technology wizard Ray Kurzweil speaks with casual confidence of achieving electromagnetic immortality with our once human selves eternally etched onto universal servers.

For me, the possibility that machines will acquire the equivalent of human feelings and emotions is pure fantasy. And yet, as a neurologist, I cannot ignore advancing machine intelligence’s implications about the human mind.

Uncovering the… read more

Wired: Game Life | Kara is self-aware, Heavy Rain maker claims

March 8, 2012

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Wired: Game Life — March 8, 2012 | Chris Baker

A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting that her sentience is a… read more

Pitchfork | Ra Ra Riot Beta Love

January 21, 2013

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Pitchfork — January 21, 2013 | Harley Brown

Along with a lyrical focus inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which the band had been reading before they made the album, Ra Ra Riot incorporated more keyboards and synthesizers into many of the songs on Beta Love. This new technology-informed attitude represents a necessary change for a band known mostly for one thing.

The keyboards stabbing at Beta Love opener “Dance With Me” set the tone for… read more

Bloomberg | Google’s new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life

June 25, 2015

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Bloomberg — June 25, 2015 | Jack Clark

The search giant Google has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant.

The research is part of a larger effort within Google to develop conversational AI tools.

Deep Mind, a Google research group in London, has created an AI capable of learning how to play video games without instructions. Geoff Hinton, a distinguished researcher at Google, is working on what’s known as thought vectors, which distill… read more

ComingSoon | Roland Emmerich & John Orloff look to the future

October 23, 2011

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ComingSoon — October 23, 2011 | Edward Douglas

Emmerich has remained fairly mum about his next project Singularity, which already has a release date in May 2013, although it’s been known that it’s science fiction and he has said it’s about the melding of man and machine.

“It’s smarter science fiction. It’s more in the direction of Inception — it has a little more brain to it,” he told us during an exclusive interview.… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil for president (seriously?)

February 12, 2012

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Singularity Hub — February 12, 2012 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself by forecasting important trends in consumer technology, global politics, and computer intelligence. Yet even Kurzweil couldn’t predict the latest disruptive event in his life: Ray’s running for U.S. President in 2012! Well…kind of.

The noted author, inventor, and futurist is a well known, and widely admired, figure in the Singularity community. He cofounded Singularity University, advocates the… read more

MIT Technology Review | Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google and have it serve you

January 18, 2013

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MIT Technology Review — January 18, 2013 | Will Knight

Famed AI researcher and incorrigable singularity forecaster Ray Kurzweil recently shed some more light on what his new job at Google will entail. It seems that he does, indeed, plan to build a prodigious artificial intelligence, which he hopes will understand the world to a much more sophisticated degree than anything built before, or at least that will act as if it does.

Kurzweil’s AI will be designed to analyze… read more

The Las Vegas Guardian Express | Immortality the death of Alzheimer’s and cancer

August 19, 2013

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The Las Vegas Guardian Express — August 19, 2013 | Iam Bloom

There are other scientists, like Ray Kurzweil, founder of Singularity University, who believe human immortality will come not from our biology, but from our technology.

Singularity University, in partnership with groups like Google, are trying to push and accelerate the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The group believes that eventually machines will not only gain intelligence, but rocket far beyond what humans are capable of being. They… read more

Inventor Spot | Will robots social-network when they eclipse man’s intelligence?

May 21, 2013

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Inventor Spot — May 21, 2013 | Ron Callari

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an email to LiveScience.

Singularity, for those mere mortals who are unaware, is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed… read more

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