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IT Conversations & Tech Nation | Podcast: Will biotech save us or hurt us? Ray Kurzweil debates Susan Greenfield at BioAgenda Summit 2006

March 28, 2006

Source: IT Conversations & Tech Nation — March 28, 2006 | Moira Gunn

IT Conversations | As part of the recent BioAgenda Summit 2006, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, debates Ray Kurzweil, one of America’s most prolific inventors and a futuristic thinker in his own right.

Their topic? One of the burning questions of our time: Will biotechnology save us? Or hurt us? The answers are nuanced, and they often don’t agree. We’ll find out how… read more

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The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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Source: The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… read more

Jason Silva & Steven Mercado | New Six Epochs of Evolution infographic

March 11, 2012

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Source: Jason Silva & Steven Mercado — March 11, 2012

Directions for viewing | To expand this image to full viewing sizing, click the [+] expand button in the upper, right-hand corner of the thumbnail image to open a larger, overlay image. In the overlay click the upper, right-hand corner again to expand to maximum size.

The new Six Epochs of Evolution image was done in collaboration with artist Steven Mercado, who… read more

GigaOM | It’s not Skynet yet: in machine learning there’s still a role for humans

March 20, 2013

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Source: GigaOM — March 20, 2013 | Ki Mae Heussner

If you’ve ever seen any of The Terminator films, you’re familiar with Skynet, the self-aware computing system at odds with humanity. But, even though a perception persists that machines can increasingly solve complex problems and process large amounts of data on their own, machine learning experts say humans still play a very important role.

Human intervention is critical at multiple layers, from choosing the algorithms to apply to… read more

Mother Jones | Who will own our future robot overlords?

May 13, 2013

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Source: Mother Jones — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Drum

Robots! That’s the topic of my latest piece in the current issue of the magazine. I’ve blogged on this subject a fair amount, but this is the first time I’ve tried to put everything together and explain what I really think robotics is likely to mean over the next few decades.

Some of you are going to nod right along, some of you are going to think I’m… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Seeing the tech future, from two different angles

March 6, 2013

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — March 6, 2013 | Amir Efrati

Ray Kurzweil and his son, Ethan, are both Silicon Valley futurists — though they have different ways of tackling what they perceive is coming next. Ray Kurzweil, 65 years old, joined Google Inc. in December after spending nearly five decades pioneering everything from machines that can read text aloud to the blind to a music synthesizer that sounds like a real piano.

Among his theories, which aren’t universally accepted… read more

Forbes | Does Google Glass mean the singularity is near?

July 1, 2013

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Source: Forbes — July 1, 2013 | Steven Rosenbaum

The concept of the singularity is the driving passion of one of this generation’s most remarkable inventors and innovators, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil define’s the singularity as the coming together of man and machine — and the result is extraordinary knowledge and immortality.

But what will the connection between our bodies and the global brain that is the internet? Here are six major changes that a fully digital, fully connected world will bring. [...]

Motherboard | Ray Kurzweil says we’ll be 3D printing our clothes in less than 10 years

June 27, 2014

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Source: Motherboard — June 26, 2014 | Max Cherney

As noted futurist Ray Kurzweil said at Google’s I/O conference yesterday, the hype, while partly a result of the boom-bust-recovery theory of capitalism, should be taken seriously.

In ten years, you’re probably going to print your own clothes for a few cents, he told the audience.

Kurzweil said transnational fashion enterprises aren’t into it because, like other industries, they’re afraid their bottom line is going to suffer. [...]… read more

Singularity Hub | Steve Aoki music video Singularity imagines cybernetic future, features Ray Kurzweil

June 3, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — June 3, 2013 | David J. Hill

“Hi Steve. This is Ray Kurzweil. I want to tell you about our future.”

With an opening like that, you know that the latest music video ‘Singularity’ from electro house musician Steve Aoki is going to deliver a thrill ride. Kicking off with the ominous Kurzweil describing the coming rise of artificial intelligence, the video goes on to depict the forced cybernetic transformation of Aoki at… read more

Slate | The race for immortality — Ray Kurzweil thinks we can stay one step ahead of death

November 27, 2013

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Source: Slate — November 27, 2013 | Will Oremus

Most of us accept that our lives are limited. Not Ray Kurzweil. A renowned computer scientist and inventor, Kurzweil, 65, decided decades ago that mortality wasn’t for him. He didn’t have to die, and he wasn’t going to, if he could help it. Fortunately, he believes he can help it, and he’s been working feverishly at the task of staying alive ever since.

“How long do you think you… read more

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