The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements
Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension
August 6, 2013
Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci
Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more
December 10, 2013
The Blaze — December 10, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten
In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books, including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3D printing.
Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence… read more
December 22, 2013
Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell
Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.
Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible… read more
The Independent | Spike Jonze’s film Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with his computer but could it be more than science fiction?
February 13, 2014
The Independent — February 13, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden
However, technology is moving faster than we might imagine. But Her is different; it depicts mutual love between man and machine that, for some reason, feels multi-faceted, amorous and profound. Just like the real thing.
Voice synthesis and voice recognition will improve markedly; conversing with computers will feel normal. According to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, backing up our minds to disk or to the cloud will… read more
May 26, 2014
Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods
Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.
Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more
August 24, 2014
The Telegraph — August 24, 2014 | Josie Ensor
Singularity University gets its name from the theory of singularity — written about by its co-founder Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist — the inevitable moment when machines will surpass human intelligence
Its faculty is unparalleled. One of the partners, Ray Kurzweil, is a computer scientist, futurist, chief engineer at Google and author of a book on artificial intelligence called The Singularity Is Near. [...]
Q Daily — March 15, 2016 | Maruo Fei Cuiqi Wen
After a week of the man vs. machine tournament of go, the reigning world go champion Lee Sedol faced off for the final match against the artificial intelligence system called Alpha Go. Lee Sedol only scored a total of 1:4 — losing to Google’s AI algorithm Alpha Go.
Another artificial intelligence called Deep Blue, built by IBM, was used 20 years ago to beat the world’s chess champion, spelling the… read more
The Huffington Post — June 13, 2011 | Nataly Kelly
Will advances in translation technology ever enable us to live in a society free of language barriers? I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with the well-known inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil to ask him this and other questions about his views on the future of translation.
According to Kurzweil, machines will reach human levels of translation quality by the year 2029. However, he… read more