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Popular Science | Google hires Ray Kurzweil to head its engineering lab

December 17, 2012

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Source: Popular Science — December 17, 2012 | Clay Dillow

The futurist and inventor famous for his predictions on the technological singularity will be Google’s new chief of turning the theoretical future into consumer products.

At Google, Kurzweil will take the title of Director of Engineering, where he will be in charge of shaping the future by turning some of Google’s (and his own) most forward-leaning ideas into consumer products. That’s pretty exciting, given both Google’s… read more

The Daily Californian | Ryan Koehn’s picks of the week

April 8, 2013

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Source: The Daily Californian — April 8, 2013 | Ryan Koehn

Ray Kurzweil at Zellerbach Hall | Don’t know the name Ray Kurzweil? Give it a few years. The leader in technology innovation and praised prophet of the future will visit our campus to share his widely popular predictions for human advancement, robotics and when exactly Siri will become smarter than you. Not prime date-night material — for that, please refer back to “42.” [...]

Forbes | This drug company CEO just named her new drug after herself

December 23, 2013

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Source: Forbes — December 23, 2013 | Matthew Herper

Which is what makes the name of Orenitram, the new drug approved by United Therapeutics, all the more impressive.

Martine launched United Therapeutics in 1996. United Therapeutics became one of biotech’s great success stories.

United, which has futurist Raymond Kurzweil on its board, has continued to march to the beat of its own rock opera. [...]

Tendencias21 | Digital brains and minds just around the corner

September 25, 2013

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Source: Tendencias21 — September 25, 2013 | José Luis Cordeiro

Ray Kurzweil is probably the most influential futurist in the world right now. But beyond being a futurist, Kurzweil is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, musician, educator and writer. All his books on technology have been bestsellers.

Each book has been shocking at the time and all have had significant predictions about major events and future possibilities.

Kurzweil begins his new book with a series of thought experiments… read more

TechCrunch | Why can’t a startup build a self-driving car?

March 18, 2014

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Source: TechCrunch — March 15, 2014 | Peter Yared

Google has been on a massive buying spree lately, snapping up key hires such as Ray Kurzweil, who is considered by many to be the godfather of commercial cognitive computing.

Companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft have been building out machine-learning teams that can leverage their investments in vast networks of computers.

The amount of transistors needed to match the number of neurons in a human brain is… read more

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Source: Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

The Christian Science Monitor | Kiss me, you human

June 28, 2001

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor — June 28, 2001 | Stephen Humphries

You needn’t have taken a philosophy course to see A.I., the new Steven Spielberg movie, but you may wish you’d enrolled in Philosophy 101 by the time you exit the cinema. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), is a futuristic story in which a robot resembling an 11-year-old boy embarks on a Pinocchio-like quest to become human. Mr. Spielberg’s movie posits the idea that machines can develop self-awareness, and even… read more

InformationWeek | Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity future

July 3, 2010

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Source: InformationWeek — July 3, 2010 | Michael Greene

The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity Is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.

Tech professionals have become somewhat inured to descriptions of the exponential rise in computing power in what is commonly described as Moore’s law. But when inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil strings together dozens of examples on logarithmic graphs to support his… read more

Belfast Telegraph | The thought of immortality is just doing my poor head in

February 18, 2011

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Source: Belfast Telegraph — February 18, 2011 | Robert McNeill

This news just in: we’re all going to be immortal by 2045. Better order some more milk. This really mucks up my plans. In 2045, I’ll be 88, which means I’ll be doomed to an eternity of right-wing opinions and micturating in my habiliments.  Actually, reading the small print, it says we won’t need clothes in future. More on that shock news later.

Of course, not wishing to… read more

The Wrap News | Sony suspends production on Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singularity’

November 10, 2011

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Source: The Wrap News — November 10, 2011 | Joshua L. Weinstein

Sony has put production of Singularity, Roland Emmerich’s big-budget sci-fi film, on hold while the filmmakers revise the script, The Wrap has confirmed.… read more

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