SmartPlanet | Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, artificial intelligence and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil tool to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his new book on human thought, How to Create a Mind, and the various themes that stem from it. Their talk was varied and at times… read more

Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame | Will we all be like Superman soon?

March 7, 2013

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Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame — March 7, 2013 | Zachary Todd

To elucidate the sorts of innovations we can expect within the next 20 years, I defer to renown futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil (who has arguably the most stunning track-record of technological predictions).

Kurzweil suggests that by 2030 many of our bodies will have nanobots, the size of red blood cells, which are billions of times more powerful than our computers today. These nanobots will be… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… read more

Dow Jones | Introducing WSJ Startup of the Year

May 29, 2013

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INTRODUCING ‘WSJ STARTUP OF THE YEAR’

NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—The Wall Street Journal will be launching ‘WSJ Startup of the Year,’ an episodic video documentary for WSJ Live, the Journal’s online video platform. Slated to premiere June 24, the documentary matches global business leaders and influencers with 25 innovative startups, capturing their stories from startup to success over the course of five months. Throughout the documentary, editors from… read more

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

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

The Independent | Spike Jonze’s film Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with his computer but could it be more than science fiction?

February 13, 2014

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The Independent — February 13, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden

However, technology is moving faster than we might imagine. But Her is different; it depicts mutual love between man and machine that, for some reason, feels multi-faceted, amorous and profound. Just like the real thing.

Voice synthesis and voice recognition will improve markedly; conversing with computers will feel normal. According to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, backing up our minds to disk or to the cloud will… read more

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 26, 2014

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Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

The Telegraph | Welcome to the university of the future

August 24, 2014

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The Telegraph — August 24, 2014 | Josie Ensor

Singularity University gets its name from the theory of singularity — written about by its co-founder Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist — the inevitable moment when machines will surpass human intelligence

Its faculty is unparalleled. One of the partners, Ray Kurzweil, is a computer scientist, futurist, chief engineer at Google and author of a book on artificial intelligence called The Singularity Is Near. [...]

NPR "Talk of the Nation" | New defense technologies, operating system update

November 2, 2001

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NPR "Talk of the Nation" — November 2, 2001

What new technologies will be developed to defeat terrorism? Ray Kurzweil, David Pogue and Nate Lewis discuss a new iniative designed to spur entrepreneurs into developing creative solutions.

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