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MediaPost | Knowledge Graph, Satori, and Unicorn

March 21, 2013

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Source: MediaPost — March 21, 2013 | Laurie Sullivan

Tying together multiple profiles and networks to serve up information about a person, a place or a thing creates challenges for search engines. It’s like stringing or graphing together an underlying net below the surface of the Web to connect all things throughout the world. It is based on the relationship between entities or links.

Google created the Knowledge Graph, which will become the backbone for… read more

The Energy Collective | Is America becoming a third world country with first world emissions?

March 24, 2010

Source: The Energy Collective — March 24, 2010 | Dave Rochlin

This led one audience member to put the idea to Ms. Huffington that maybe the U.S. should become a third world country.

On the other side of the debate were the optimistic technologists, lead by the prolific inventor Ray Kurzweil, who points to the dramatically increasing price-performance of phones and computers, to assert that innovation in solar energy, battery storage (and other areas such as water… read more

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

January 16, 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. [...]

Business Wire | Singularity University and CNBC partner to launch exponential finance conference in New York City

February 26, 2014

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Source: Business Wire — February 26, 2014

Exponential Finance will take place June 10-11, 2014, in New York City.

The event will bring together top business leaders and government officials with the next generation of entrepreneurs to engage in dynamic and forward-thinking discussions on the exponential technologies that are creating the next greatest wave of transition in industry, business and finance.

Peter H. Diamandis cofounded SU with futurist and Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil.… read more

Nerdworld.com | Nerd of the Week: Ray Kurzweil

November 6, 2000

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Source: Nerdworld.com — November 6, 2000 | Morgan Michaels

NW: How did your Nerd Life evolve?

RK: By the age of five I was convinced I would be a scientist/inventor. I always knew what I was going to be. I got involved in projects [that] grabbed my imagination and that usually winded up being a lot more complicated than originally anticipated. At the age of seven or eight, I built a puppet theater that had mechanical systems that changed the scenery. I got involved with computers at about the age of twelve. I built some computer like devices with electrical parts I would buy down on Canal Street in New York. You could buy these telephone relays that were primary electrical devices I could use to implement logical circuits.… read more

New Scientist | A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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Source: New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity —  a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us live long enough to… read more

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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Source: PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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Forbes | Ray Kurzweil on the future of innovation at Singularity University

October 12, 2011

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Source: Forbes — October 12, 2011 | Ted Greenwald

Ray Kurzweil, radical futurist and prophet of innovation, holds up a smartphone. “This device is a billion times more valuable per constant dollar than the computer I used as a student at MIT in the late ’60s,” he says. “In 25 years, it will be the size of a blood cell. And it will be a billion times more powerful.”

The famously far-thinking inventor and author — critics would… read more

NPR Talk of the Nation | Al Gore’s 24 hours on climate change

September 14, 2011

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Source: NPR Talk of the Nation — September 14, 2011 | Neal Conan

MIKE (telephone caller): Hi. Yeah. Vice President, I wonder, have you met Ray Kurzweil before?

AL GORE: Yes, I know Ray.

MIKE: OK.

GORE: And I had a day-long session with him, and I had a very interesting extended dialogue with him about climate, by the way. I respect him.

MIKE: Well, how do you respond to his criticism of global warming? I,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil talks about Singularity and theory’s critics

February 22, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 22, 2012 | Vauhini Vara

Ray Kurzweil believes computers will soon think like humans and ultimately merge with us, a notion he has dubbed “the singularity.”

That idea persuaded the former inventor in 2007 to form Singularity University, an institution housed at the NASA Research Park on Moffett Field in Mountain View, which teaches students about artificial intelligence and other topics straight out of science fiction.

While the institution isn’t… read more

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