News with Views | World future 2013

August 13, 2013

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News with Views — August 13, 2013 | Debra Rae

The next horizon: director of engineering at Google, Raymond Kurzweil is a brilliant American inventor, evolutionary futurist, and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), The Singularity Is Near (2006), How to Create a Mind (2012), and more.

Through his “Edges of Life Lecture Series” at the College of Science (University of Arizona), Kurzweil characterizes information processes of technology as being quite predictable.

Correspondingly,… read more

Forbes | Should we fear the rise of the robots?

May 4, 2013

Forbes — May 4, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.

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… read more

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Graduates face new worlds they aren’t ready for

May 12, 2013

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier — May 12, 2013 | Scott Cawelti

More positively, breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology that will create or clone humans who live virtually forever, if they can afford and endure it. Humans who are more machine than human, as Ray Kurzweil explores in his book The Singularity Is Near.

Machines that outthink, outlive, and outmaneuver us at every turn. Siri, anyone? And other events too bizarre to even imagine, but

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Guardian Liberty Voice | Robots are coming and Google owns them

December 22, 2013

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Guardian Liberty Voice — December 22, 2013 | Anthony Clark

Why is Google suddenly showing up in the robotics frontier, and how deep into the technology are they? This year Google has purchased 8 robotics companies. Google has also acquired 2 start-up companies: Bot & Dolly and AutoFuss. Also of interest is who Google is hiring into their robotic ranks.

This year, they hired machine learning expert Geoffrey Hinton and, last year, they hired famed inventor and artificial intelligence… read more

The Boy Genius Report | This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

June 25, 2014

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The Boy Genius Report — June 25, 2014 | Brad Reed

Google employs visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written extensively about nanobots.

Kurzweil detailed his plan to live forever with the help of “nanorobots that augment your immune system, reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil predicted that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll have nanobots injected into our bodies that provide  all proper nutrients, while also… read more

Stereoboard | Fear Factory share new track “Soul Hacker”

June 18, 2015

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Stereoboard — June 18, 2015 | Laura Johnson

Fear Factory have shared their new track “Soul Hacker.” The song is features on the Los Angeles metallers’ album Genexus, August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Discussing the title of the record, vocalist Burton C. Bell said:

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words, genesis and nexus. This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being.… read more

Re • Code | Why Google’s artificial intelligence boss is taking over the search empire

February 5, 2016

Re • Code — Fenruary 4, 2016 | Mark Bergen

As it ballooned, Google’s research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing’s biggest brains — Geoffrey Hinton, Peter Norvig, Ray Kurzweil — Titans of the field. And it held onto its home grown talent younger minds, like Jeff Dean, a fabled technician.

All of them work for John Giannandrea. Starting next month, the entire search organization — the beating heart of Google’s $75 billion colossus — will work… read more

Vanity Fair | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence

November 26, 2014

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Vanity Fair — November 26, 2014 | Kurt Andersen

I met with Ray Kurzweil, in the process of packing up for Silicon Valley, to begin his new job as Google’s director of engineering — leading a research team to create AI software that can converse in fully human fashion.

I asked if he took the job because Google will be the most powerful entity as we transition toward the singularity, Kurzweil said it “would be somewhat self… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | 2013-2063: trekking through the next 50 years

August 27, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 27, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Positive futurists believe we will see more progress during the next five decades than was experienced in the last 200 years. In The Singularity Is Near, author Ray Kurzweil reveals how science will change the ways we live, work, and play. The following offers some of the incredible possibilities we can expect.

2013-2023: More people become techno-savvy in a fully-wired world. Smart phones,… read more

Qmed | How unbridled optimism can spur innovation

February 22, 2016

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Qmed — February 17, 2016 | Brian Buntz

We are at a stage in history where technologies can be applied to solve many of humanity’s biggest problems. To drive enormous change, we need medical device innovators with an open source ethos, and a willingness to rethink what is possible.

“Technology’s at its best when used to heal, not hinder, and enhance human potential,” says Dave Zaboski, an animator and classically trained painter who gave a keynote February 9,… read more

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