Digital Tonto | The Singularity: apocalypse or nerd rapture?

May 11, 2013

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Digital Tonto — May 11, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in The Terminator it is the moment when computers take over, but rather than killing us off the machines enhance us.

Some have called the Singularity a nerd rapture. Its prophet is Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence and the new Director of… read more

The Las Vegas Guardian Express | Immortality the death of Alzheimer’s and cancer

August 19, 2013

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The Las Vegas Guardian Express — August 19, 2013 | Iam Bloom

There are other scientists, like Ray Kurzweil, founder of Singularity University, who believe human immortality will come not from our biology, but from our technology.

Singularity University, in partnership with groups like Google, are trying to push and accelerate the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The group believes that eventually machines will not only gain intelligence, but rocket far beyond what humans are capable of being. They… read more

Time | The future of food, experts predict how our plates will change

October 9, 2014

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Time — October 9, 2014 | Sarah Begley

Ray Kurzweil | The next major food revolution will be vertical agriculture, in which we grow food in AI controlled vertical buildings rather than horizontal land: hydroponic plants for fruits and vegetables and in vitro cloned meat. Benefits will be profound:

1. Today over one third of usable land is devoted to agriculture, 70% of which is for animals for meat production. Vertical agriculture will free up almost… read more

dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

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dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The Wall Street Journal | Man or machine? Ray Kurzweil on how long it will be before computers can do everything the brain can do

June 29, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — June 29, 2012

In a wide-ranging interview, Ray Kurzweil and The Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Murray discussed advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and what it means to be human.

They discussed pattern recognizers in our neocortex, machine intelligence (such as Watson), when machines will have human-level intelligence and consciousness (by 2029, the prospects and ethics of human-machine merger, and life extension.

The Wall Street Journal | Why you should bet big on bionic brains

November 23, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 23, 2012 | Matt Ridley

When an IBM computer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folk opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising. Mastering the subtleties of human language, including similes, puns and humor, would remain far beyond the reach of a computer.

Last year another IBM program, Watson, triumphed at just these challenges by winning… read more

Esquire | The key to immortality may be uploading your brain

Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil believes we'll soon live forever
May 19, 2015

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Esquire — May 19, 2015 | Jill Krasny

Is immortality one click away? Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil’s conceit is that tech advances will enable it, if humans preserve their brains in software after their bodies have died.

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, founder of Sirius satellite radio and CEO of United Therapeutics, agrees with Kurzweil. “Offloading a mind to software is consistent with physics,” she told CNBC, and it may happen this century.

Rothblatt created a nonprofit where… read more

Wired: Game Life | Kara is self-aware, Heavy Rain maker claims

March 8, 2012

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Wired: Game Life — March 8, 2012 | Chris Baker

A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting that her sentience is a… read more

Pitchfork | Ra Ra Riot Beta Love

January 21, 2013

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Pitchfork — January 21, 2013 | Harley Brown

Along with a lyrical focus inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which the band had been reading before they made the album, Ra Ra Riot incorporated more keyboards and synthesizers into many of the songs on Beta Love. This new technology-informed attitude represents a necessary change for a band known mostly for one thing.

The keyboards stabbing at Beta Love opener “Dance With Me” set the tone for… read more

MIT Technology Review | Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google and have it serve you

January 18, 2013

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MIT Technology Review — January 18, 2013 | Will Knight

Famed AI researcher and incorrigable singularity forecaster Ray Kurzweil recently shed some more light on what his new job at Google will entail. It seems that he does, indeed, plan to build a prodigious artificial intelligence, which he hopes will understand the world to a much more sophisticated degree than anything built before, or at least that will act as if it does.

Kurzweil’s AI will be designed to analyze… read more

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