USA Today | A.I. expert Ray Kurzweil picks computer in “Jeopardy!” match

February 9, 2011

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USA Today — February 9, 2011 | Sam Meddis

When the IBM computer called “Watson” faces off against past “Jeopardy” champs on Monday (February 14,2011), no one will be watching more intently than inventor Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority on the future of artificial intelligence. Based on his calculations of the accelerating rate of growth of computing power, Kurzweil in the 1980s predicted that a computer would defeat a… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Time | 2045: The year man becomes immortal

February 10, 2011

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Time — February 10, 2011 | Lev Grossman

By that time Kurzweil was thinking about the Singularity too. He’d been busy since his appearance on I’ve Got a Secret. He’d made several fortunes as an engineer and inventor; he founded and then sold his first software company while he was still at MIT.

He went on to build the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind — Stevie Wonder was customer No. 1 — and… read more

The Sunday Times | Hi, I’m Watson, the tin can smarter than you

February 13, 2011

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The Sunday Times — February 13, 2011 | Tony Allen-Mills

Meet Watson, a talking supercomputer…promise of astonishing new artificial intelligence technology…Squadrons of pilotless drones may soon be joined on the ground by a new warrior breed of remotecontrolled robot fighter.

Ray Kurzweil, a leading U.S. authority on artificial intelligence, agreed with Hawking that human intelligence was “not getting better. [...] Note: This article is available only with subscription.

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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PBS Need to Know | Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change

February 16, 2011

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PBS Need to Know — February 16, 2011 | Lauren Feeney

Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously and accurately predicted that a computer would beat a man at chess by 1998, that technologies that help spread information would accelerate the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that a worldwide communications network would emerge in the mid 1990s (i.e. the Internet).

Most of Kurzweil’s prognostications are derived from his law of accelerating returns — the idea that information technologies progress… read more

The Wall Street Journal | When computers beat humans on Jeopardy!

February 17, 2011

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The Wall Street Journal — February 17, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Over the past three days,the TV show Jeopardy! featured a showdown between a clever IBM computer system called Watson and the two greatest Jeopardy! champions. Watson won handily. It won the preliminary practice round, tied Monday’s opening round, and won by large margins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The point has been made: Watson can compete at the championship level—and is making it more difficult for anyone to argue that there… read more

Belfast Telegraph | The thought of immortality is just doing my poor head in

February 18, 2011

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Belfast Telegraph — February 18, 2011 | Robert McNeill

This news just in: we’re all going to be immortal by 2045. Better order some more milk. This really mucks up my plans. In 2045, I’ll be 88, which means I’ll be doomed to an eternity of right-wing opinions and micturating in my habiliments.  Actually, reading the small print, it says we won’t need clothes in future. More on that shock news later.

Of course, not wishing to… read more

Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more

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Forbes | Ray Kurzweil: Look to cybersecurity to fight human pandemics

February 23, 2011

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Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

Ray Kurzweil may be the world’s most prominent techno-optimist. The 63-year old futurist and artificial intelligence guru believes, famously, that by 2045 humans will build a computer capable of replicating and storing the human mind — what he calls the “singularity” — essentially allowing our mental selves to live on indefinitely.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Kurzweil takes an equally sunny view of cybersecurity,  in contradiction to the… read more

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