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Business Insider | The Silicon Valley 100: The coolest people in tech right now

March 12, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — March 7, 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey and Jillian D'Onfro

36. Ray Kurzweil is considered to be one of the leading minds in the artificial intelligence field. Since joining Google, Kurzweil has laid out some ambitious plans for search, in which Google would actually be conscious and know who you are.

Last year, Kurzweil also shared his plans for cheating death and how little robots, called nanobots, can help fight disease. [...]

The Verge | Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts say chatbot didn’t pass Turing test

June 12, 2014

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Source: The Verge — June 11, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes

In a blog post addressing the reports, Ray Kurzweil writes: the fact that there’s a test worth arguing about implies that artificial intelligence is beginning to near the point where it might actually pass a Turing Test, even if these early examples aren’t quite what we imagine the final product looking like.

There’s little doubt that chatbots will continue to trick humans in the future, but there seems… read more

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

September 22, 2014

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Source: 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.

Age 66: Ray Kurzweil | Directorread more

The New York Times | The future is now? Pretty soon at least

June 3, 2008

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Source: The New York Times — Jun 3, 2008 | John Tierney

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

The State Press | Technology reaches a critical point

October 29, 2012

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Source: The State Press — October 29, 2012 | Caleb Varoga

According to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, the singularity is “an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today — the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.”

Kurzweil describes singularity as an exciting and progressive movement, but while there’s nothing to fear… read more

CNET | Google’s Ray Kurzweil hire could yield some good returns

December 15, 2012

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Source: CNET — Decemeber 15, 2012 | Larry Dignan

Ray Kurzweil will have implications far beyond the fun projects at Google. His machine learning knowhow could impact networks, data centers and algorithms too.

Google has brought on futurist and artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering, and there could be some real returns on the company’s high-profile hire.In a statement, Kurzweil confirmed that he’d be joining Google. He noted that his interest in… read more

NBC News Cosmic Log | Space X’s Elon Musk and friends look to the far future: Engage warp drive!

April 23, 2013

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Source: NBC News Cosmic Log — April 23, 2013 | Alan Boyle

What will the far future look like? For actor Will Smith and his son Jaden, the next generation could mark a “tipping point” for the environment.

For futurist Ray Kurzweil, solar power is the solution to our energy ills. But for a look at the really far future, turn to Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

He’s already thinking about spreading out from Earth to… read more

NPR | First watch: Ra Ra Riot “Binary Mind”

August 28, 2013

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Source: NPR — August 12, 2013 | Robin Hilton

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot’s latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song “Binary Mind,” the merging of computers and human brains.

In a new video for the track, the band members’ disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

Ra Ra Riot frontman… read more

Daily Mail | Johnny Depp undergoes radical cyber transformation in his quest to become immortal in paranoid teaser for Transcendence

December 24, 2013

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Source: Daily Mail — December 21, 2013

The same day three other clips for the film were released, highlighting the futurist angle of the film, which appears to have been modeled after the thoughts of singularity theorist Ray Kurzweil.

Freeman in one of the accompanying trailers states: “For two million years human beings have evolved more than any other species in existence.

“But what if all our knowledge and all our achievements could beread more

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