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Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Source: Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

Mike Gatti, executive director… read more

The Hollywood Reporter | Damon Lindelof & Ray Kurzweil

March 8, 2012

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter — March 8, 2012 | Damon Lindelof

Ray Kurzweil, the 64-Year-Old Futurist, will appear at SXSW Interactive for the first time March 12 to take part in a keynote conversation. An MIT graduate and subject of the 2009 doc Transcendent Man, he has developed groundbreaking speech-recognition programs, advanced music synthesizers and artificial-intelligence investment software through his Wellesley, Mass.-based Kurzweil Technologies.

His fans range from Stevie Wonder, who challenged him to create Kurzweil Music Systems, to Roland Emmerich, who sought… read more

MIT Technology Review | Deep learning

April 23, 2013

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Source: MIT Technology Review — April 23, 2013 | Robert D. Hof

With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn’t looking for a job. A respected inventor who’s become a machine-intelligence futurist, Kurzweil wanted to discuss his upcoming book How to Create a Mind.

He told Page, who had read an early draft,… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil — How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

November 27, 2012

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Source: NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 27, 2012 | Diane Rehm

Inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil has long predicted humans will one day be able to transcend the limitations of their biology. In a new book, Kurzweil explains why that day is coming sooner than we might think.

He argues that the expansion of the brain’s neocortex was the last biological evolution man needed to make. That’s because it is inevitably leading to “truly intelligent machines,”… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil: The Age of Spiritual Machines

November 23, 2005

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Source: NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 23, 2005 | Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm of National Public Radio talks with Ray Kurzweil about his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. The inventor and futurist talks about the day when humans will transcend their biological roots. Click below to hear the interview.

Tendencias21 | Digital brains and minds just around the corner

September 25, 2013

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Source: Tendencias21 — September 25, 2013 | José Luis Cordeiro

Ray Kurzweil is probably the most influential futurist in the world right now. But beyond being a futurist, Kurzweil is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, musician, educator and writer. All his books on technology have been bestsellers.

Each book has been shocking at the time and all have had significant predictions about major events and future possibilities.

Kurzweil begins his new book with a series of thought experiments… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Do you need a futurist? Ray Kurzweil says yes

February 15, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Ray KurzweilGoogle Inc.’s director of engineering, took the stage at NASA’s research park at Moffett Field and the crowd fell silent. They’d been waiting all week at Singularity University’s FutureMed conference in Mountain View to hear the storied futurist-inventor-author speak. Finally, the slight, bespectacled Kurzweil launched in, telling the history of Silicon Valley’s role in the exponential advance of innovation in his heavy New York… read more

Forbes | Does Google Glass mean the singularity is near?

July 1, 2013

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Source: Forbes — July 1, 2013 | Steven Rosenbaum

The concept of the singularity is the driving passion of one of this generation’s most remarkable inventors and innovators, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil define’s the singularity as the coming together of man and machine — and the result is extraordinary knowledge and immortality.

But what will the connection between our bodies and the global brain that is the internet? Here are six major changes that a fully digital, fully connected world will bring. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Don’t fear the reaper

August 16, 2013

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — August 16, 2013 | John J. Ross

A sprightly tour among the scientists and enthusiasts who hope to live forever. The transhumanists hope to do an end-run around mortality by phasing out the weak links of flesh and blood. In the near future, brain scans will allow the wetware of the brain, our memories, our personalities, our prejudices and passions, to be uploaded into cyberspace.

We will flit from one cyborg body to another,… read more

Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

January 16, 2014

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Source: Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

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