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Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 23, 2013

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Source: Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

Guardian Liberty Voice | Robots are coming and Google owns them

December 23, 2013

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — December 22, 2013 | Anthony Clark

Why is Google suddenly showing up in the robotics frontier, and how deep into the technology are they? This year Google has purchased 8 robotics companies. Google has also acquired 2 start-up companies: Bot & Dolly and AutoFuss. Also of interest is who Google is hiring into their robotic ranks.

This year, they hired machine learning expert Geoffrey Hinton and, last year, they hired famed inventor and artificial intelligence… read more

Forbes | This drug company CEO just named her new drug after herself

December 23, 2013

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Source: Forbes — December 23, 2013 | Matthew Herper

Which is what makes the name of Orenitram, the new drug approved by United Therapeutics, all the more impressive.

Martine launched United Therapeutics in 1996. United Therapeutics became one of biotech’s great success stories.

United, which has futurist Raymond Kurzweil on its board, has continued to march to the beat of its own rock opera. [...]

Celebrity Gossip | Transcendence trailer has arrived, watch here

December 23, 2013

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Source: Celebrity Gossip — December 19, 2013

Thanks to futurists like Ray Kurzweil, the technology of artificial intelligence is closer than ever to completion, and Transcendence takes things to the next level. The forthcoming film features an all-star cast.

Transcendence just released an initial teaser trailer ahead of the April 18th, 2014 theatrical street date, and it’s mysterious to say the least. [...]

Express | Johnny Depp undergoes terrifying transformation for new eerie science fiction film, Transcendence

December 23, 2013

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Source: Express — December 21, 2013 | Nicole Morley

The exciting trailer for new sci-fi flick Transcendence has been released. Playing scientist Will Caster in the movie, Depp’s character is desperate to reach immortality.

Caster attempts to transfer his knowledge, memories and emotions into an advanced computer programme to live on as artificial intelligence.

After the radiation claims Caster’s body, he survives as a virtual person — but his colleagues soon discover that they’re playing a… read more

Dish Magazine | Spike Jonze on getting to know Her

December 21, 2013

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Source: Dish Magazine — December 2013 | Fred Topel

Though Jonze did some research on some of the science of Her, he ultimately went with his heart. “Obviously, I love science fiction too,” he explained.

“I definitely was interested in things that Ray Kurzweil — American author, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google — writes about, and things like that.

“I made a lot of notes about artificial intelligence and watched a lot… read more

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 21, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

NPR | A man and his machine, finding out what love is

December 21, 2013

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Source: NPR — December 19, 2013 | David Edelstein

Although sci-fi teems with cautionary tales of machines growing smarter than humans and taking over the world, on the basis of Her, I think Jonze yearns on some level for what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls “the singularity,” when machines will take on human characteristics and our minds will be expanded by machines.

Jonze began with what could have been a one-joke idea, and in the course of getting it on… read more

The New York Times | The Top 75 New York Times Best-Selling Education Books of 2013

December 20, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — December 18, 2013 | Deborah Hofmann

Welcome to the debut of The New York Times Bestseller List of Education titles.

This collection of eclectic and far-ranging titles is intended to get people talking and thinking about the many ways we discuss education, how we present sometimes arcane subjects, and how we think about teaching and learning at all ages and in many contexts.

The list was compiled by looking at every adult nonfiction… read more

Vulture | Transcendence teaser: Johnny Depp is singularity and loving it

December 20, 2013

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Source: Vulture — December 19, 2013 | Jesse David Fox

Is everyone pumped for the singularity? We’ll get to live forever and play in synth-pop bands with Ray Kurzweil. That’s where Transcendence comes in.

Directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, it tells the story of a brilliant artificial intelligence researcher, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), who goes mad with power trying to achieve singularity. [...]

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