VentureBeat | Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

October 3, 2012

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VentureBeat — October 3, 2012 | Meghan Kelly

“We’re making very discernible progress in AI. It’s quite visceral,” Ray Kurzweil told the audience at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

He also made a comment about Apple’s Siri voice assistant and how far it still has to go. Kurzweil was directly involved in creating Nuance, which is the speech-recognition technology behind Siri.

“I think actually the natural language understanding of Siri is fairly weak,”… read more

Forbes | Google’s Engineering Director: 32 years to digital immortality

June 20, 2013

Forbes — June 20 , 2013 | Peter Cohan

It’s been over six months since December 15 when Google hired Ray Kurzweil as its director of engineering — but today, that hire is drawing huge attention thanks to a 2006 book he wrote about digital immortality.

And BusinessInsider reports that his current role at Google is to help its search technology “understand natural language.” ZDNet speculated that Kurzweil could bring buzz to Google: “Kurzweil gives… read more

Business Insider | Google Engineering Director Kurzweil says immortality is just around the corner

June 18, 2013

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Business Insider — June 18, 2013 | Kevin McLaughlin

Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is convinced that biotechnology advancements will eventually outpace the natural aging process. In other words: He thinks one day it will be possible for humans to live forever.

“Somewhere between 10 and 20 years, there is going to be tremendous transformation of health and medicine,” Kurzweil said Sunday at the Global Future 2045 World Congress in New York City, as reported by CNBC’s… read more

Vanity Fair | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence

November 26, 2014

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Vanity Fair — November 26, 2014 | Kurt Andersen

I met with Ray Kurzweil, in the process of packing up for Silicon Valley, to begin his new job as Google’s director of engineering — leading a research team to create AI software that can converse in fully human fashion.

I asked if he took the job because Google will be the most powerful entity as we transition toward the singularity, Kurzweil said it “would be somewhat self… read more

Re • Code | Why Google’s artificial intelligence boss is taking over the search empire

February 5, 2016

Re • Code — Fenruary 4, 2016 | Mark Bergen

As it ballooned, Google’s research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing’s biggest brains — Geoffrey Hinton, Peter Norvig, Ray Kurzweil — Titans of the field. And it held onto its home grown talent younger minds, like Jeff Dean, a fabled technician.

All of them work for John Giannandrea. Starting next month, the entire search organization — the beating heart of Google’s $75 billion colossus — will work… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | 2013-2063: trekking through the next 50 years

August 27, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 27, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Positive futurists believe we will see more progress during the next five decades than was experienced in the last 200 years. In The Singularity Is Near, author Ray Kurzweil reveals how science will change the ways we live, work, and play. The following offers some of the incredible possibilities we can expect.

2013-2023: More people become techno-savvy in a fully-wired world. Smart phones,… read more

The Washington Post | Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce

November 15, 2012

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The Washington Post — November 15, 2012 | Vivek Wadhwa

Singularity University, on the grounds of the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, abounds in optimism, and, as Singularity’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, I have understandably caught the bug.

I have written about why I believe this will be the most innovative decade in human history, how we are headed for an era of abundant and affordable health care, and how robotics, artificial intelligence and… read more

BetaBeat | Ray Kurzweil sees no reason why he should accept death

April 25, 2013

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BetaBeat — April 25, 2013 | Kelly Faircloth

Ray Kurzweil’s official title at Google is director of engineering, but we’re starting to suspect Larry keeps him around as a kind of science-fictional mascot for the programmers. Case in point: This Wired Q&A, in which he reminds everyone of his belief that one day soon, death will hold no dominion over technologists.

After chatting about Steve Jobs (fun fact, it’s actually impossible to get into the Wired offices without passing a brief… read more

Wired | Siri’s inventors are building a radical new AI that does anything you ask

August 12, 2014

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Wired — August 12, 2014 | Steven Levy

The field of artificial intelligence has become the scene of a frantic corporate arms race, with internet giants snapping up AI startups and talent.

Google recently paid a reported $500 million for the UK deep learning company DeepMind and has lured AI legends Ray Kurzweil and Geoffrey Hinton to its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Facebook has its own deep learning group, led by prize hire Yann LeCun… read more

Slashdot | Kuzweil: The cloud will expand human brain capacity

October 10, 2012

Slashdot — October 10, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will eventually do more than store our e-mails or feed us streaming movies on demand: it’s going to help expand our brain capacity beyond its current limits.

In a question-and-answer session following a speech to the DEMO technology conference in Santa Clara, California last week, Kurzweil described the human brain as impressive but limited in its capacity to… read more

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