Brisbane Times | The rise of artificial intelligence

January 23, 2014

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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

Business Insider | The Silicon Valley 100: The coolest people in tech right now

March 7, 2014

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Business Insider — March 7, 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey and Jillian D'Onfro

36. Ray Kurzweil is considered to be one of the leading minds in the artificial intelligence field. Since joining Google, Kurzweil has laid out some ambitious plans for search, in which Google would actually be conscious and know who you are.

Last year, Kurzweil also shared his plans for cheating death and how little robots, called nanobots, can help fight disease. [...]

The Verge | Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts say chatbot didn’t pass Turing test

June 11, 2014

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The Verge — June 11, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes

In a blog post addressing the reports, Ray Kurzweil writes: the fact that there’s a test worth arguing about implies that artificial intelligence is beginning to near the point where it might actually pass a Turing Test, even if these early examples aren’t quite what we imagine the final product looking like.

There’s little doubt that chatbots will continue to trick humans in the future, but there seems… read more

Business Insider | The most powerful person in tech at every age

September 18, 2014

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Business Insider — September 18, 2014 | Rebecca Borison

It’s clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful people in tech at nearly every age, considering factors like the person’s sphere of influence, clout, and ability to guide the industry, as well as potential for power and wealth. Meet the most powerful people in tech, from age 2 to age 98.

Age 66: Ray Kurzweil | Directorread more

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 11, 2015

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TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]

 

Daily Mail | Rise of the robo-brain

June 8, 2015

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Daily Mail — June 8, 2015 | Sarah Griffiths

Scientists have engineered flexible electronics that can be injected into brain tissue through a needle to mesh with biological brain cells.

This mesh of electrodes can unfold once in position and has so far been used to monitor brain activity in mice.

This suggests it may be capable of similar feats in humans one day. Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google said in 2013 that it will… read more

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: ‘By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments’

October 9, 2000

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Fortune — October 9, 2000 | David Kirkpatrick

“By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments.” Speech technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines. He was interviewed by David Kirkpatrick.

A very important aspect of the future is going to be virtual reality — our ability to relate with each other in new ways, much more intimate ways, facilitated by technology. We’ve had one form… read more

Global Retail Marketing Association | Kurzweil keynote: national brands gather to hear predictions in technology and its impact on managing innovation

March 27, 2010

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Global Retail Marketing Association — March 27, 2010

Global Retail Marketing Association | The Global Retail Marketing Association announces Ray Kurzweil, bestselling author, to speak at the 4th annual GRMA Leadership Forum.

Senior marketers from leading national retail brands will gather in April to hear Kurzweil’s predictions on the future of technology and its impact on managing innovation. Inventor and recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, Kurzweil has been described by The Wall Street Journal as “the restless genius” and ”the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes.… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Big Think | Our favorite Super Bowl ad — smartphone nerds

February 6, 2012

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Big Think — February 6, 2012 | Daniel Honan

Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called “Phone Innovators” featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil.

“I’m Ray Kurzweil,” the futurist and inventor says in the commercial. “I gave your words a voice,” his phone then says.

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