Forbes | Does Google Glass mean the singularity is near?

July 1, 2013

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Forbes — July 1, 2013 | Steven Rosenbaum

The concept of the singularity is the driving passion of one of this generation’s most remarkable inventors and innovators, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil define’s the singularity as the coming together of man and machine — and the result is extraordinary knowledge and immortality.

But what will the connection between our bodies and the global brain that is the internet? Here are six major changes that a fully digital, fully connected world will bring. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Don’t fear the reaper

August 16, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 16, 2013 | John J. Ross

A sprightly tour among the scientists and enthusiasts who hope to live forever. The transhumanists hope to do an end-run around mortality by phasing out the weak links of flesh and blood. In the near future, brain scans will allow the wetware of the brain, our memories, our personalities, our prejudices and passions, to be uploaded into cyberspace.

We will flit from one cyborg body to another,… read more

Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

December 31, 2013

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Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

The Georgia Straight | DOXA 2013: Google and the World Brain considers the internet as a sentient thing

May 2, 2013

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The Georgia Straight — May 2, 2013 | Adrian Mack

It might sound silly to you or I, but Ray Kurzweil prays for machine intelligence. Kurzweil is popularly known as one of the high priests of transhumanism, or the belief that technology will eventually supersede human biology. He shows up in Google and the World Brain to explain the so-called singularity, or that moment in time — in 2045, if Kurzweil is right — when machines finally outpace human intelligence. After… read more

The Mercury News | Elevator Pitch: Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Ventures

June 18, 2013

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The Mercury News — June 18, 2013 | Peter Delevett

It’s Father’s Day, so in this week’s edition of “Elevator Pitch,” we’re chatting with Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil was just 28 when he broke into venture capital five years ago, and he’s since led the venerable firm’s investments in such high-profile startups as Playdom, Twitch.tv, Reputation.com and Piazza.

His father, Ray, was also an early bloomer. As a high schooler in the… read more

Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 8, 2014

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Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… read more

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

January 16, 2014

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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. [...]

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | End of aging within reach, experts say

August 5, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 5, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Most forward-thinking scientists believe the goal to end aging is technologically achievable, and it could be reached in time to benefit many people alive today. “I am working on immortality,” says UC Irvine’s Michael Rose, who has achieved breakthrough results extending the lives of fruit flies.

“There are many components of aging and we are chipping away at all of them,” added Robert… read more

Vanity Fair | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence

November 26, 2014

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Vanity Fair — November 26, 2014 | Kurt Andersen

I met with Ray Kurzweil, in the process of packing up for Silicon Valley, to begin his new job as Google’s director of engineering — leading a research team to create AI software that can converse in fully human fashion.

I asked if he took the job because Google will be the most powerful entity as we transition toward the singularity, Kurzweil said it “would be somewhat self… read more

Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Ersatz brings “deep neural networks” to the masses

May 15, 2013

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Virtual-Strategy Magazine — May 15, 2013

Ersatz is the perfect tool for those interested in making more accurate predictions on highly complex time-series datasets. This product is essential for just about any company where the accuracy of predictions makes a big difference to the bottom line.

As far as competitive landscape, Google is perhaps the most important player in this developing market. They already use deep learning techniques for voice recognition in… read more

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