October 27, 2014
Gold Seek — October 27, 2014 | George Smith
He estimates a cubic inch of nanotube circuitry would be up to 100 million times more powerful than the human brain.
Kurzweil says… read more
The Georgia Straight — October 23, 2014 | Blaine Kyllo
Asked whether innovation will save us, Kurzweil is an optimist about our future.
Working for Google, Kurzweil’s got more data points on his graphs of exponential growth of information technologies. He says we’re only six doublings away from solar energy technologies being able to provide enough… read more
October 20, 2014
The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House
One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.
The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more
October 20, 2014
MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado
Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more
October 17, 2014
PSFK — October 17, 2014 | Sophie Maxwell
Last year, Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil talked about a future where the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts as early as 2100.
Kurzweil said, “We’re going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more.”
In a technique called singularity, the human race will be able to upload their entire minds to become digitally… read more
Time — October 9, 2014 | Sarah Begley
Ray Kurzweil | The next major food revolution will be vertical agriculture, in which we grow food in AI controlled vertical buildings rather than horizontal land: hydroponic plants for fruits and vegetables and in vitro cloned meat. Benefits will be profound:
1. Today over one third of usable land is devoted to agriculture, 70% of which is for animals for meat production. Vertical agriculture will free up almost… read more
October 9, 2014
Wired — October 9, 2014 | Emiko Jozuka
We’d probably be thinking more along the lines of Ray Kurzweil and desires of ever lasting life. Hirst has faced us with pills and medicine from the clinical pharmaceuticals industry. [...]
Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj
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
October 8, 2014
World Economic Forum — October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell
If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely — in the cloud at least. Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a number of technologists, inventors and futurists who believe that the ability to upload our minds to the web, create virtual bodies, and thereby live forever, is within touching distance.
Kurzweil thinks we’ll achieve digital immortality as soon as 2045, and takes 150 supplements… read more