The Observer | 20 predictions for the next 25 years

January 2, 2011

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The Observer — January 2, 2011 | Richard Jones

[...] Some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, predict that nanotechnology will lead to a revolution, allowing us to make any kind of product for virtually nothing; to have computers so powerful that they will surpass human intelligence; and to lead to a new kind of medicine on a sub-cellular level that will allow us to abolish ageing and death.

I don’t think that Kurzweil’s “technological singularity” — a dream… read more

LiveScience | Solar power to rule in 20 years, futurists say

February 19, 2008

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LiveScience — February 19, 2008 | Robin Lloyd

[...] Ray Kurzweil is part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth’s people in 20 years. There is 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as the field of solar energy is going to… read more

The Daily Gleaner | Futurist Kurzweil says he hopes his message excites and inspires young people

December 9, 2011

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The Daily Gleaner — December 9, 2011 | Tara Chislett

When it comes to the future, we need to change the way we think about innovation, says internationally renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people at the Fredericton Convention Centre — including more than 200 students from District 18 high schools and the University of New Brunswick — Kurzweil delivered the keynote address at the city’s first goFred X conference Thursday afternoon.… read more

The Atlantic Wire | The SXSWi power ranking Singularity is here

March 12, 2012

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The Atlantic Wire — March 12, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett

We’re into the Monday doldrums at SXSW. Three straight days of walking and talking and drinking, yet somehow people still feel compelled to go outside and keep talking and walking and drinking. On a weekday! The nerve of this town.

Meanwhile, Skype has paid this “town crier” to read Tweets out loud on the street, making the concept of shouting into the void all too literal. It’s almost… read more

Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

South by Southwest | Ra Ra Riot

March 12, 2013

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South by Southwest — March 12, 2013

The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup,… read more

TechCrunch | Why can’t a startup build a self-driving car?

March 15, 2014

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TechCrunch — March 15, 2014 | Peter Yared

Google has been on a massive buying spree lately, snapping up key hires such as Ray Kurzweil, who is considered by many to be the godfather of commercial cognitive computing.

Companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft have been building out machine-learning teams that can leverage their investments in vast networks of computers.

The amount of transistors needed to match the number of neurons in a human brain is… read more

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

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