CNBC | Computers will be like humans by 2029: Google’s Ray Kurzweil

June 12, 2014

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CNBC — June 12, 2014 | Cadie Thompson

Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil.

“My timeline is computers will be at human levels, such as you can have a human relationship with them, 15 years from now,” he said at the Exponential Finance conference in New York City, NY, on June 11, 2014.

“When I… 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

The Wall Street Journal | Don’t fear the reaper

August 16, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 16, 2013 | John J. Ross

A sprightly tour among the scientists and enthusiasts who hope to live forever. The transhumanists hope to do an end-run around mortality by phasing out the weak links of flesh and blood. In the near future, brain scans will allow the wetware of the brain, our memories, our personalities, our prejudices and passions, to be uploaded into cyberspace.

We will flit from one cyborg body to another,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil: Technology and the new, improved you

February 10, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 10, 2014

Ray Kurzweil says technology will make us smarter, healthier and more productive. Author, Google engineer and futurist Ray Kurzweil tells Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker that advancing technologies will be integrated into ourselves.

He speaks at the Journal’s CIO Network conference in San Diego. Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker spoke with Mr. Kurzweil about what the future holds.

Mr. Baker: Before we… 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

The New York Times | How I learned to stop worrying and love artificial intelligence

September 22, 2015

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The New York Times — September 21, 2015 | Robert A. Burton

The distinction between man and machine is under siege. The technology wizard Ray Kurzweil speaks with casual confidence of achieving electromagnetic immortality with our once human selves eternally etched onto universal servers.

For me, the possibility that machines will acquire the equivalent of human feelings and emotions is pure fantasy. And yet, as a neurologist, I cannot ignore advancing machine intelligence’s implications about the human mind.

Uncovering the… read more

ComingSoon | Roland Emmerich & John Orloff look to the future

October 23, 2011

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ComingSoon — October 23, 2011 | Edward Douglas

Emmerich has remained fairly mum about his next project Singularity, which already has a release date in May 2013, although it’s been known that it’s science fiction and he has said it’s about the melding of man and machine.

“It’s smarter science fiction. It’s more in the direction of Inception — it has a little more brain to it,” he told us during an exclusive interview.… 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

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