Haaretz | Technology will never replace memory, says Israeli Guinness record holder

August 8, 2013

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Haaretz — August 8, 2013 | Ayelett Shani

Writer and lecturer Eran Katz holds the record for memory exercises. In his new book, he explains how simple techniques can make us all memory whizzes.

Doesn’t technological progress make all those techniques superfluous? Is there still any significance to memorization? Are you familiar with the argument of futurist Ray Kurzweil? He claims we no longer have any need for memory based on memorization. But in the… read more

Solar Power World | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts solar industry dominance in 12 years

April 27, 2016

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Solar Power World — March 30, 2016 | Steven Bushong

Futurist Ray Kurzweil made a thought provoking presentation at a recent trade show. During his talk he shifted his attention to solar power.

Explaining the accelerating rate of technical progress, Kurzweil said technical developments form very predictable trajectories, and those trajectories are exponential.

Consider the progress of the computing industry, he said. He spoke about his cell phone, which he said is several billion times more powerful per… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

April 22, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

The Times | Search engines will be able to flirt with users by 2029

June 14, 2014

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The Times — June 14, 2014 | Hannah Devlin

Speaking at the Exponential Finance conference this week, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said: “Computers will be at human levels, such that you can have an emotional relationship with them, 15 years from now.” Her was a realistic portrayal of how humans and computers might interact in the future, he said.

The comments suggest that Google, working on a natural language search engine that would allow users to type in questions conversationally and get meaningful responses,… read more

Singularity University Singularity Hub | Exponential Finance, Ray Kurzweil stresses humanity’s moral imperative in developing artificial intelligence

June 5, 2015

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Singularity University Singularity Hub — June 5, 2015 | David J. Hill

Ray Kurzweil said at the Exponential Finance conference, “We have a moral imperative to continue the promise of artificial intelligence while controlling the peril. I’m optimistic, but we shouldn’t be lulled into a lack of concern.”

Kurzweil’s view contrasts Elon Musk’s, who caused a stir last year when he tweeted, “Worth reading Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom, PhD. We need to be careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 29, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

Al Jazeera | Futurist, I will reap benefits of radical life extension

May 7, 2015

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Al Jazeera — May 7, 2015

George Dvorsky is a thinker looking beyond the normal bounds of human lifespan. He’s a futurist, contributing editor to the science fiction publication io9 and chair of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — a think tank dedicated to the transformative power of technology.

To Dvorsky, aging is a problem that’s desperately in need of solving. “It’s a terrible problem, for those of us who are forty plus,… read more

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

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