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

March 12, 2014

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Source: 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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Source: 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 22, 2014

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Source: 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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Source: 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

January 16, 2014

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Source: 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

Slate | The race for immortality — Ray Kurzweil thinks we can stay one step ahead of death

November 27, 2013

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Source: Slate — November 27, 2013 | Will Oremus

Most of us accept that our lives are limited. Not Ray Kurzweil. A renowned computer scientist and inventor, Kurzweil, 65, decided decades ago that mortality wasn’t for him. He didn’t have to die, and he wasn’t going to, if he could help it. Fortunately, he believes he can help it, and he’s been working feverishly at the task of staying alive ever since.

“How long do you think you… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | The quotable Kurzweil

February 15, 2013

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

Spent an hour chatting with futurist Ray Kurzweil about some of his predictions for the coming decades, and here are three of his biggest “pie in the sky” ideas, as he likes to call them.

Turn off Caveman genes: We will be able manage metabolism by turning off genes. “We’re not depending on the next big hunt for our daily nourishment anymore.”

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The Washington Post | The next big national intelligence debate

June 7, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — June 7, 2013 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google has a one-up on my iPhone. It reads my emails before I do and knows what I am thinking by analyzing what I search for on the Internet and which Web sites I visit. It “knows” what other people think about me.

If my friend and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil succeeds in his mission at Google, it will also understand my wants and needs. It… read more

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

November 20, 2013

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Source: Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

The Economist | The new overlords: Man and technology are evolving together in radical new ways

March 10, 2011

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Source: The Economist — March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? People were shocked in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat Garry Kasparov, a Russian grandmaster, at chess. But winning a board game is a trivial task compared with understanding the complexities and idiosyncrasies of human speech. The company has now developed Watson, a supercomputer it thinks is capable of understanding “natural language”.

To put this claim to the test, IBM arranged for… read more

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