Big Think | The singularity of Ray Kurzweil

August 12, 2013

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Big Think — August 12, 2013 | Nicholas Clairmont

Ray Kurzweil is on a mission. He is famous for, among other things, predicting the technological singularity. The singularity will be achieved at the time when the exponential growth of the power of computers and technology hits such a speed that it fundamentally changes the world, and humans’ role in it.

It is not a prediction of doom, though. Kurzweil predicts that we will be neurologically… read more

Austin American Statesman | The singularity may be near as machines get faster and smarter

July 25, 2015

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Austin American Statesman — July 13, 2015 | Omar L. Gallaga

You may already be familiar with the concept of singularity. It’s a futuristic idea about a time when artificial intelligence would advance to the point where it can self design and improve and, in some readings of the term, leave humans in the dust in terms of intelligence and perhaps even sentience.

The term dates back to the late 1950s to mathematician John von Neumann and was popularized later… read more

Knovel | The Singularity is nearer, Google appoints Ray Kurzweil as Director Of Engineering

December 18, 2012

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Knovel — December 18, 2012

Staff working at Google who think that the new Director of Engineering looks slightly familiar may not be too far off the mark, after the internet search giant announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil for the position.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the acclaimed futurist and author of The Singularity Is Near, has been brought in to the company to work on a number of engineering research… read more

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

Luke Ryan Blog | The Singularity — a layman’s view

November 10, 2011

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Luke Ryan Blog — November 10, 2011 | Luke Ryan

Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius named Raymond Kurzweil (below).

Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his… read more

Business Insider | The Silicon Valley 100: The coolest people in tech right now

March 7, 2014

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Business Insider — March 7, 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey and Jillian D'Onfro

36. Ray Kurzweil is considered to be one of the leading minds in the artificial intelligence field. Since joining Google, Kurzweil has laid out some ambitious plans for search, in which Google would actually be conscious and know who you are.

Last year, Kurzweil also shared his plans for cheating death and how little robots, called nanobots, can help fight disease. [...]

The Motley Fool | The shape of the future: how to help tomorrow’s children cope with a world of accelerating change

December 23, 2013

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The Motley Fool — December 23, 2013 | Alex Planes

Inventor, entrepreneur, and eminent futurist Ray Kurzweil, whose books The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity Is Near are perhaps the most well-known texts on the outcome of accelerating change.

Kurzweil has been one of the world’s leading futurists for over two decades, and also boasts a long record of technological achievement and business success dating back to his childhood.

Kurzweil became Google’s director of engineering at the end of 2012,… read more

Brisbane Times | The rise of artificial intelligence

January 23, 2014

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Brisbane Times — January 23, 2014 | Iain Gillespi

Kurzweil believes a conscious machine capable of understanding complex natural language will be developed within the next 16 years.

”I’ve had a consistent date of 2029 for that vision,” he told Wired, ”and that doesn’t just mean logical intelligence. It means emotional intelligence, being funny, getting the joke, being sexy, being loving, understanding human emotion.”

Google’s chief engineer, Ray Kurzweil, envisions a ”cybernetic friend” based on deep learning… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

Reel Change | The radical, reassuring message of Her

December 22, 2013

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Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell

Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.

Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible… read more

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