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The Washington Post | Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

January 16, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — January 16, 2014 | Dominic Basulto

Ray Kurzweil has been quick to point out the remarkable growth that’s possible with solar technology. According to Kurzweil’s calculations, we can expect to be energy independent within the next 20 years.

In his 2012 book Abundance — endorsed by Kurzweil — entrepreneur Peter Diamandis makes the most eloquent case for why the sun is such an important player in any future scenarios of energy self-sufficiency. [...]

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. [...]

Business Insider | Why Her might be totally right about everyday life in the future

January 15, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — January 15, 2014 | Kyle Vanhemert

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 about people. With that, the film took shape. [...]

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

January 15, 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

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

PR Newswire | Stratecast predictions 2014 the year ahead and a look back

January 13, 2014

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Source: PR Newswire — January 13, 2014

With the acceleration of change, the uncertainty that once characterized the far future is coming to characterize the near future.

Some futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, are convinced that, by the year 2020, the rate of change will be so great that human minds will be incapable of encompassing or understanding it. It is true that this accelerating change dynamic continues to influence the telecommunications market in ways that… read more

El Mundo | In 2030 can we externally connect the brain to make it more powerful?

January 11, 2014

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Source: El Mundo — January 11, 2014 | Eduardo Suarez

Kurzweil just released in Spain How to Create a Mind (Lola Books, 2013). A work setting out his theory of the brain that explains how we could recreate its secrets with the help of a computer.

His words are a window into a future in which the boundaries between life and death and our brains (which will be more powerful with the help of a computer) will blur.… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 10, 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

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

January 8, 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 8, 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

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