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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

Newsweek | Part human part machine cyborgs are becoming a reality

August 29, 2014

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Source: Newsweek — July 31, 2014 | Michael Carroll

First articulated by British philosopher Max More in 1990, transhumanists generally advocate a post human condition where humanity is replaced by the next stage in evolution — a human machine hybrid.

Some, like futurist writer Ray Kurzweil, imagine uploading human consciousness into a machine so we can live forever within computer systems as networks of information. [...]

Russia Today | Google’s chief engineer: People will soon upload their entire brains to computers

June 20, 2013

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Source: Russia Today — June 20, 2013

There are around 377 million results on Google for the query “Can I live forever?” Ask that question to company’s top engineer, though, and you’re likely to hear an answer that’s much more concise.

Simply put, Google’s Ray Kurzweil says immortality is only a few years away. Digital immortality, at least. Kurzweil, 64, was only brought on to Google late last year, but that hasn’t stopped… read more

Society for Science and the Public | Ray Kurzweil speaks to Intel Science Talent Search 2014 finalists

March 12, 2014

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Source: Society for Science and the Public — March 10, 2014

Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a Science Talent Search 1965 alumnus, spoke to the 40 finalists of the Intel STS 2014 and other invited guests at the annual Alumni Dinner on March 7, 2014.

Today, Dr. Kurzweil serves as the Director of Engineering for Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

He is also a successful author and inventor, and… read more

Forbes | In defense of small data

March 30, 2012

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Source: Forbes — March 30, 2012 | Bruce Upbin

The very term Big Data implies that quantity is paramount, and some people speak as if they expect accelerating returns. If my database grows 100X bigger then I can mine insights that are 100X or even 300X bigger, right?  Wrong! In my experience, more of the same type of data provides only modest & incremental insights, not a quantum leap. [...]

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