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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

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: The six epochs of technology evolution

October 12, 2011

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Source: Big Think — October 12, 2011 | Daniel Honan

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil is an expert at predicting the future. Some of his career highlights include foreseeing the fall of the Soviet Union, the invention of the Internet and a computer beating a man at chess.

So what will the coming decades hold for us? In tracking our progress in the technological-evolutionary journey, Kurzweil has identifies six epochs, each of which is characterized by a major… read more

Technology Review | Paul Allen: The Singularity isn’t near

October 12, 2011

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Source: Technology Review — October 12, 2011 | Paul Allen & Mark Greaves

Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter machines will soon outrun all human capabilities. They call this tipping point the singularity, because they believe it is impossible to predict how the human future might unfold after this point.

Once these machines exist, Kurzweil and Vinge claim, they’ll possess… read more

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

Forbes | Paul Allen says that the Singularity is far, far away

October 14, 2011

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Source: Forbes — October 14, 2011 | Alex Knapp

Don’t get me wrong — I think that there’s a lot of absolutely fascinating scientific and technological work being done. I’ve no doubt that computers are going to become more tightly integrated in our lives, and I personally believe that as computers get more sophisticated, they’ll enable an incredible unleashing of human creativity. But I think we’re a long way off from from computers that can do… read more

Technology Review | Kurzweil responds: Don’t underestimate the Singularity

October 19, 2011

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Source: Technology Review — October 19, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Last week, Paul Allen and a colleague challenged the prediction that computers will soon exceed human intelligence. Now Ray Kurzweil, the leading proponent of the “Singularity,” offers a rebuttal.

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he has not actually read the book. His only citation is to an… read more

ComingSoon | Roland Emmerich & John Orloff look to the future

October 23, 2011

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Source: ComingSoon — October 23, 2011 | Edward Douglas

Emmerich has remained fairly mum about his next project Singularity, which already has a release date in May 2013, although it’s been known that it’s science fiction and he has said it’s about the melding of man and machine.

“It’s smarter science fiction. It’s more in the direction of Inception — it has a little more brain to it,” he told us during an exclusive interview.… read more

EIN News | President Obama was never born at all (humor)

October 26, 2011

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Source: EIN News — October 26, 2011 | Joe Rothstein

The first piece of the puzzle is hidden within a book entitled The Singularity Is Near, by a card-carrying futurist named Ray Kurzweil. The subtitle, and this is extremely important: When Humans Transcend Biology.

The Singularity Is Near makes the case that laboratory-created artificial intelligence will merge with biological evolution in such a way that, to put it in lay terms, robots will take over the world. Biological evolution… read more

The Sydney Morning Herald | Androids and angels

November 6, 2011

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald — November 6, 2011 | Nick Miller

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil believes humans will soon be able to live forever with the help of computers. Barmy or brilliant?

It used to be that you would go into a dark tent where an old woman would gaze into a ball and tell you about the dark handsome stranger in your future.

In the 21st century, it seems, the tent is a rather eccentrically decorated office… read more

io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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Source: io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.… read more

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