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

November 27, 2013

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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

Silicon Valley Business Journal | The quotable Kurzweil

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Spent an hour chatting with futurist Ray Kurzweil about some of his predictions for the coming decades, and here are three of his biggest “pie in the sky” ideas, as he likes to call them.

Turn off Caveman genes: We will be able manage metabolism by turning off genes. “We’re not depending on the next big hunt for our daily nourishment anymore.”

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The Washington Post | The next big national intelligence debate

June 7, 2013

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The Washington Post — June 7, 2013 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google has a one-up on my iPhone. It reads my emails before I do and knows what I am thinking by analyzing what I search for on the Internet and which Web sites I visit. It “knows” what other people think about me.

If my friend and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil succeeds in his mission at Google, it will also understand my wants and needs. It… read more

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

October 22, 2013

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Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

The Economist | The new overlords: Man and technology are evolving together in radical new ways

March 10, 2011

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The Economist — March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? People were shocked in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat Garry Kasparov, a Russian grandmaster, at chess. But winning a board game is a trivial task compared with understanding the complexities and idiosyncrasies of human speech. The company has now developed Watson, a supercomputer it thinks is capable of understanding “natural language”.

To put this claim to the test, IBM arranged for… read more

Elle | The musical stylings of Janelle Monae

February 1, 2013

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Elle — February 2013 | Kathryn Hudson

“I have a responsibility to my community,” she says at the next. “I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way,” she says again. The ArchAndroid certainly told a mesmerizing story.

Inspired by far-out theorists like Ray Kurzweil, Monae used sci-fi imagery as a metaphor for the African-American experience and created a trippy, captivating musical message of “coming together and creating something that… read more

Business Insider | The most powerful person in tech at every age

September 18, 2014

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Business Insider — September 18, 2014 | Rebecca Borison

It’s clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful people in tech at nearly every age, considering factors like the person’s sphere of influence, clout, and ability to guide the industry, as well as potential for power and wealth. Meet the most powerful people in tech, from age 2 to age 98.

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Cambridge Healthtech Institute | The last first base

May 13, 2013

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Cambridge Healthtech Institute — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Davies, PhD

Rather than reflect on the ups and downs of the past 11 years, let me simply lay out some of my most vivid memories from my perch at Bio-IT World: 

Best Keynote: Lander in 2002? Ray Kurzweil? Stephen Wolfram? Venter, Collins, Berners-Lee? I can’t pick. But I would give special commendation to BioTeam cofounder Chris Dagdigian’s annual unofficial fourth keynote, “Trends from the Trenches.” [...]

Seeking Alpha | The knowledge effect, excess returns of highly innovative companies

May 11, 2015

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Seeking Alpha — May 11, 2015 | Steven Vannelli and Eric Bush

Report by Gavekal Capital. Drug companies spend billions yearly testing new compounds, seeking the right molecular combinations.

Researchers rely on existing  human knowledge and on semiconductors to discover new knowledge. As the performance of semiconductors improves, the rate new discoveries can be uncovered accelerates.

Similarly, as the stock of human knowledge increases, the rate new discoveries can be found accelerates. When the inventory of human knowledge increases and… read more

Esquire | The key to immortality may be uploading your brain

May 19, 2015

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Esquire — May 19, 2015 | Jill Krasny

Is immortality one click away? Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil’s conceit is that tech advances will enable it, if humans preserve their brains in software after their bodies have died.

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, founder of Sirius satellite radio and CEO of United Therapeutics, agrees with Kurzweil. “Offloading a mind to software is consistent with physics,” she told CNBC, and it may happen this century.

Rothblatt created a nonprofit where… read more

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