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Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Source: Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

El Mundo | In 2030 can we externally connect the brain to make it more powerful?

January 29, 2014

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Source: El Mundo — January 11, 2014 | Eduardo Suarez

Kurzweil just released in Spain How to Create a Mind (Lola Books, 2013). A work setting out his theory of the brain that explains how we could recreate its secrets with the help of a computer.

His words are a window into a future in which the boundaries between life and death and our brains (which will be more powerful with the help of a computer) will blur.… read more

Business Insider | Apple wants to use your heart rate and facial expressions to figure out what mood you’re in

January 28, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — January 24, 2014 | Aaron Taube

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil is working to improve its search function to the point where humans could type in a sentence, and the computer could understand the query on an emotional level.

And earlier this month, Yahoo acquired Aviate, a company that organizes and searches for phone apps based on what it thinks you’ll be looking for at a certain time. [...]

The Coeur d' Alene Press | He sees the future and it’s amazing

January 28, 2014

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Source: The Coeur d' Alene Press — January 28, 2014 | Sholeh Patrick

Move over, Nostradamus. Ray’s taking over as top prognosticator.

Kurzweil predicted when an internet would become central to daily life — back in the 1980s when few believed him. He predicted with startling accuracy when a computer could beat a world chess champion — eight years before it happened. But he also predicted the dismantling of the Soviet Union. What does Google’s genius clairvoyant say is coming? [...]… read more

Gizmodo | Google found an artificial brain to power its robot army

January 28, 2014

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Source: Gizmodo — January 27, 2014 | Jamie Condliffe

According to Re/code, the acquisition was led by Larry Page, and it will add to a burgeoning AI team at Google — not least Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 to work on machine learning and language processing.

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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Source: TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 28, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread 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

Yahoo | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s mastermind director of engineering

January 21, 2014

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Source: Yahoo — January 3, 2014 | Elliot Feldman

Some have compared his impact on the world of modern technology to Thomas Edison’s impact on his time and beyond.

Kurzweil had a life-changing meeting with Larry Page where he discussed his “dream” of building an artificially intelligent computer.

Page replied, “Why don’t you do it here?” Kurzweil accepted the new position, stating, “You’ve got around a billion people who use Google. If I can contribute… read more

Business Insider | Why Her might be totally right about everyday life in the future

January 16, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — January 15, 2014 | Kyle Vanhemert

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie about people. With that, the film took shape. [...]

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