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

February 14, 2011

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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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

Forbes | Back to the futurist

February 23, 2011

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

For 30 years Ray Kurzweil has been preaching the artificial intelligence gospel. As computers drive cars and play “Jeopardy,” are we on track to reach his cybertopia?

Andy Greenberg: You’ve predicted that by 2045 accelerating progress in technology means we’ll build a computer — the so-called singularity — powerful enough to let us upload and replicate our brains, essentially becoming immortal. Are we on schedule?

Ray Kurzweil: With… read more

Bloomberg Businessweek | Charlie Rose talks to Ray Kurzweil

March 3, 2011

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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek — March 3, 2011 | Charlie Rose

The author, inventor, and futurist says accelerating technology will soon bring us immortality — and all the energy the earth requires. Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly PBS program.

I’m interested in this notion of a coming singularity — computers surpassing humans — and your obsession with immortality. What led you there?

I really started with this exploration of where technology… read more

The Wall Street Journal: Japan | Report by New York correspondent Misako Hida: computers surpass human intelligence, ‘Singularity’

March 4, 2011

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Source: The Wall Street Journal: Japan — March 4, 2011 | Misako Hida

In 2045, artificial intelligence (AI) will come to dominate the planet. Computers will surpass human intelligence — this is the “Singularity.” Limits like biological aging and disease will be surpassed — even death will no longer be seen as a restriction to human life. Leading futurist, inventor, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Ray Kurzweil (63) is confident that [...]

The Huffington Post | The transcendent singularity is near

March 9, 2011

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Source: The Huffington Post — March 9, 2011 | Jason Silva

Ray Kurzweil has become a pop culture phenomenon. The Singularity thesis has gone mainstream, and for those who still have any doubts, look no farther than the recent Time Magazine cover story, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal.” Barry Ptolemy’s film, Transcendent Man, is the absolute best cinematic exploration of Ray Kurzweil and his paradigm shifting ideas. If you didn’t have the patience to read Singularityread more

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