Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 17, 2014

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Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

Las Vegas CityLife | Chip Mosher: The gap

May 1, 2013

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Las Vegas CityLife — May 1, 2013 | Chip Mosher

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spoke at the Smith Center in January, has predicted the imminent next stage of evolution — what he calls “the singularity.”

Here, humans will organically bond with their machines, and those machine/humans will become self-evolving, allowing us to transcend “the biological limitations of our brains.” 2029 being the year when he thinks this will begin.

And cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said the human… read more

CNN | CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man episode “Futurism” featuring Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD

March 24, 2014

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CNN — March 24, 2014

CNN | CNN original series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, hosted and produced by the Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, launched its second season on CNN on April 13, 2014.

The second episode “Futurism” featured Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD.

The program, which was recently honored with an award for “best limited series” by the International Documentary Association, premiered in 2013 on CNN.

Each week, Spurlock… read more

The Guardian | Computer dating: coming soon to an operating system near you?

February 20, 2014

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The Guardian — February 20, 2014 | Ben Child

Ray Kurzweil predicts that the AI dating depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Her might be possible by 2029.

Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and Google’s director of engineering makes the claim in a review of Spike Jonze’s much-praised sci-fi romance. In a post on his website, Kurzweil delivered a generally positive verdict on the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man called Theodore who falls in love with… read more

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

ZDNet | Computing experts call for repeal of copyrightable API decision

November 10, 2014

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ZDNet — November 10, 2014 | Chris Duckett

Signed by Ken Thompson, Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Schneier, Guido van Rossum, Ray Kurzweil, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, and Andrew Tridgell, among others, the petition filed with the US Supreme Court said that the May ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court that granted Oracle copyright protection over certain parts of Java is widely regarded as both insupportable and dangerous. [...]

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Push Square | Could Singularity be Quantic Dream’s first PS4 game?

January 22, 2013

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Push Square — January 22, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is currently applying the finishing touches to its upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls — but the studio may also be working on a PlayStation 4 title.

Seasoned online snoop Superannuation has uncovered a domain name for SingularityPS4.com, which was registered by the Parisian outfit in mid-November.

The name, as Superannuation notes, is curious, as David Cage recently cited … read more

Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

Mike Gatti, executive director… read more

Information Systems Audit & Control Association | Cybersecurity, the singularity and the rise of the silicon based life form

July 16, 2015

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Information Systems Audit & Control Association — July 16, 2015 | Jeff Hudson

The singularity, a term coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge and popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, strikes fear into some of those familiar with artificial intelligence.

Simply put, The singularity will come to pass once artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.

Those that fear the singularity worry that we will create an artificial life form to do our bidding, which will, in an ironic twist, rise up and… read more

Wired | Damien Hirst inflates medicine to gargantuan proportions

October 9, 2014

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Wired — October 9, 2014 | Emiko Jozuka

Damien Hirst’s works, inspired by topics such as medicine, science, life and death, have been known to ooze a visceral as well as visually arresting charm.

We’d probably be thinking more along the lines of Ray Kurzweil and desires of ever lasting life. Hirst has faced us with pills and medicine from the clinical pharmaceuticals industry. [...]

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