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Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

January 16, 2014

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Source: Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

Belfast Telegraph | Technology is poised to become a feast for the senses

January 16, 2014

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Source: Belfast Telegraph — January 16, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden

Few of us can conceive of the pace with which technological power is developing.

Ray Kurzweil (author, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google) predicts that, by 2025, we’ll have a computer which has the processing power of the human brain.

Society will also have to work out how it’s going to handle the hyper-connectivity of a multisensory internet. [...]

Mashable | Why Her is the best movie ever made about the singularity

January 16, 2014

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Source: Mashable — January 15, 2014 | Adario Strange

Popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge as well as inventor and now Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, the singularity is a theoretical point in future history when artificial intelligences exceed the power of the human mind, become self-aware and dramatically change the balance of power on the planet while simultaneously transforming the very nature of humanity itself.

Google recently doubled down on the idea of using… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 14, 2014

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Source: Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

Wired | Why Her will dominate UI design even more than Minority Report

January 13, 2014

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Source: Wired — January 13, 2014 | Kyle van Hemert

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze’s new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 13, 2014

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Source: Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 10, 2014

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Source: Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

SearchCIO | Kurzweil: The human brain on IT

January 8, 2014

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Source: SearchCIO — September 30, 2013 | Linda Tucci

“Change is the new constant” is a saying you hear a lot at technology conferences. “But change is not constant,” said inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil at a conference I attended last week.

The world is changing more and more rapidly, fueled by information technology. Unlike some of us given to mouthing such statements, the recipient of the National Medal of Technology had his argument teed up. [...]

GlobeNewswire | Wall Street Journal CIO Network assembles leading CIOs and CTOs to address most pressing global technology and innovation challenges

January 7, 2014

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Source: GlobeNewswire — January 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal will again convene leading chief information and technology officers for the second annual meeting of its CIO Network. The meeting will take place February 3-4 in San Diego to decide action plans for addressing the most pressing technology and innovation challenges facing corporations today.

During the opening session, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google Inc. and chairman, founder, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies,… read more

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 27, 2013

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Source: Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

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