Android Headlines | Google Chief Engineer explains tech exponential growth

June 9, 2015

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Android Headlines — June 9, 2015 | Justin Diaz

Google’s Chief Engineer Ray Kurzweil has had extensive impact on the technological world and is Google’s resident of  “out there” advancements and projects.

Kurzweil explains that technology grows exponentially.

He says by year 2029 the intelligence of humanity will be outpaced by the intelligence of computers, and this continued exponential growth will appear to explode into infinity.

He refers to this as the singularity, an era in which our… read more

The Huffington Post • The World Post | The world’s most influential voices of 2015

December 13, 2015

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The world’s most influential voices of 2015

The Global Thought Leaders index for 2015, a collective intelligence analysis that maps the global conversation on the internet and ranks its most influential voices, has just been released by The World Post and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Index of the world’s most influential voices — those who shape the way we think, and how their… read more

Businessweek | Q&A with Kurzweil’s Ray Kurzweil

February 23, 1998

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Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge

Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more

FutureBlogger | Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Not a Religion

November 6, 2008

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FutureBlogger — November 6, 2008 | Alvis Brigis

At Singularity Summit 2008, Future of Gadgets editor John Heylin asked Ray Kurzweil: Do you feel the Singularity has become its own religious movement inside the science community?

Kurzweil began his response by acknowledging that though there are some people who seek the rapture according to their own preferences, that “the idea of the Singularity did not start from religion.” Instead the concept sprang from “over 30 years… read more

PhysOrg | The future cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011

December 1, 2011

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PhysOrg — December 1, 2011 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

In his post-presentation press conference, Kurzweil was asked about the role of our evolutionarily-determined biological drives — and thereby motivation and emotion — as minds merge with machines and AI equals or surpasses human levels. Kurzweil noted that we have a remarkable ability to sublimate our drives, and we do so largely into innovation.

Since he sees the purpose of technology as the transcendence of our biological limitations, one… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: The six epochs of technology evolution

October 12, 2011

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Big Think — October 12, 2011 | Daniel Honan

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil is an expert at predicting the future. Some of his career highlights include foreseeing the fall of the Soviet Union, the invention of the Internet and a computer beating a man at chess.

So what will the coming decades hold for us? In tracking our progress in the technological-evolutionary journey, Kurzweil has identifies six epochs, each of which is characterized by a major… read more

PBS Newshour | PBS Newshour | Disappearing Dead: Economic Optimism about Immortality

July 9, 2012

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PBS Newshour — July 9, 2012

Will we one day be able to live forever? Interesting question, especially for a page where I usually take your financial, rather than science, questions. But what is the goal of economics if not the greatest good for the greatest number of people? Substitute “happy, healthy, never-ending life” for “greatest good” and you can see where we’re going with this.

According to inventor/author Ray Kurzweil, eternal life is now… read more

WBUR Radio Boston | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

November 29, 2012

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WBUR Radio Boston — November 29, 2012 | Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks

Think how far and how fast technology has advanced. Just a century and a half ago, the fastest way we could communicate with each other was by Pony Express. Then came the telegraph, telephones and computers, all revolutionizing the way we live, work and play — in just a few decades.

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says soon we’ll be able to introduce tiny computers into our blood… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Doug Wolens, director of The Singularity

January 20, 2013

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Singularity Hub — January 20, 2013 | Peter Murray

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, The Singularity, the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see.

It aptly prepares you for the 75 minutes that follow over which a truly impressive cast of scientists, futurists and philosophers discuss the uncertainty of what the future holds for humanity and, for some, argue why Ray… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil on future AI project at Google

January 10, 2013

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Singularity Hub — January 10, 2013 | David J. Hill

In an exclusive with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil gave one of his first interviews since the December announcement that he joined Google full time as Director of Engineering.

Speaking with Singularity Hub Founder Keith Kleiner, Ray discusses his new role, how his research interests connect with his latest book How To Create A Mind (which Keith recently interviewed Ray about here), and how technology will advance to… read more

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