Time: Techland | The Singularity storms SXSW: Ray Kurzweil, Lev Grossman to present keynote at interactive festival

November 21, 2011

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Time: Techland — November 21, 2011 | Allie Townsend

Exclusive: Futurist and singularity expert Ray Kurzweil will join best-selling author and Time senior writer Lev Grossman for a special keynote conversation to be held at this spring’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

What happens when the wits of machines surpass the intelligence of the human race? Some say we’ll upload our imaginations into computers, emerging as immortals of the digital space. Others warn that it will trumpet… read more

PBS Newshour | Ray Kurzweil on Bringing Back the Dead

July 12, 2012

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PBS Newshour — July 12, 2012

We round out “Ray Kurzweil Online” with the third and final installment of our miniseries. Thursday’s outtake with Mr. Immortality:

Does Kurzweil believe that an avatar of his dead father — created with artificial intelligence and a lifetime’s worth of data and mementos — is, well, his actual father, the guy who died when Ray was 22? This is a step beyond Kurzweil’s stated objective — to stave off death adread more

The New York Times | How to Create a Mind is New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller

November 25, 2012

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The New York Times — November 25, 2012

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil is now #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.

It came out at #1 among all books on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list and went into its third printing one week after publication. The book is available from the book’s official website and… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

TechRadar | 11 technologies that are going to kill us all

May 2, 2013

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TechRadar — May 2, 2013 | Gary Marshall

8. Artificial Intelligence: We’ve all seen the Terminator movies, so we know how this works: one day artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans, and when that happens the AI will quickly realise that the best way to protect the planet is to get rid of the meatbags.

According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, the singularity — the moment machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence — is due around 2045. If… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Inventing with an eye on the future

August 21, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 21, 2013 | Caitlin Huston

Even with an exceptional idea, budding entrepreneurs can struggle to move past the brainstorming stages. They face challenges in execution like building a cohesive team, coming up with a business plan and even understanding how to present their product or service.

This week mentors on WSJ Startup of the Year, a documentary on WSJ.com, offered some words of inspiration for all entrepreneurs. Here’s what some science… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 10, 2014

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Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

InfoWorld | Can artificial intelligence save Windows Phones?

September 13, 2013

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InfoWorld — September 13, 2013 | Robert X. Cringely

Microsoft is preparing an answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now called Cortana that may appear on Windows phones as early as next year.

So the question becomes: Is Cortana just a code name, or is Microsoft going all in on an AI assistant that looks and acts like Halo’s Cortana? Heck, Ray Kurzweil has Ramona. Why not? [...]

The Huffington Post | Transhumanism is booming and big business is noticing

August 10, 2015

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The Huffington Post — July 17, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan

Honestly, no one knows the answers definitely yet, but here are the best tactics so far. Inventors like Google’s Ray Kurzweil believe it can be done with machines and mind uploading.

Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation Chief Scientist and Transhumanist Party anti-aging advisor, Aubrey de Grey, PhD believes it can be done with biology and medicine.

Others believe big data can find out the very best ways to achieve… read more

Star Talk | Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD and futurist Ray Kurzweil on what will happen to our brains and everything else

February 25, 2016

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Star Talk — January 18, 2016

Business InsiderTech Insider | Astrophysicist and Star Talk show host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD sits down with futurist and author Ray Kurzweil for the first time.

Two of the smartest people in the world on what will happen to our brains and everything else.

Star Talk is a podcast and radio show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD — where comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and… read more

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