TechTV | Ray Kurzweil: Computers to live within the human body

February 14, 2000

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TechTV — February 14, 2000 | Leslie Katz

Will computers surpass the human brain? Ray Kurzweil thinks so. Judging by the accuracy of his past predictions, this one will come true, too. Kurzweil is responsible for inventing, among other things, the first voice-recognition software to turn simple words into text. But he is also known for presaging the rise of the Internet and the widespread use of synthesizers to create commercial music. His prediction that the world’s top… read more

IT Conversations & Tech Nation | Podcasts: Ray Kurzweil and Moira Gunn at Accelerating Change Conference 2005

September 17, 2005

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IT Conversations & Tech Nation — September 17, 2005 | Moira Gunn

IT Conversations | Kurzweil’s Talk: “When Humans Transcend Biology”: In this talk from the Accelerating Change Conference in 2005, Ray Kurzweil outlines his startling predictions for the next 25 years. Based on recent progress in the fields of neurobiology and nanotechnology, Kurzweil predicts significant strides in the fight against disease and aging, as well as the augmentation of the human mind.

In the future, the line between… read more

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Forbes | Ray Kurzweil: Look to cybersecurity to fight human pandemics

February 23, 2011

Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

Ray Kurzweil may be the world’s most prominent techno-optimist. The 63-year old futurist and artificial intelligence guru believes, famously, that by 2045 humans will build a computer capable of replicating and storing the human mind — what he calls the “singularity” — essentially allowing our mental selves to live on indefinitely.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Kurzweil takes an equally sunny view of cybersecurity,  in contradiction to the… read more

Time: Techland | The Singularity storms SXSW: Ray Kurzweil, Lev Grossman to present keynote at interactive festival

November 21, 2011

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Time: Techland — November 21, 2011 | Allie Townsend

Exclusive: Futurist and singularity expert Ray Kurzweil will join best-selling author and Time senior writer Lev Grossman for a special keynote conversation to be held at this spring’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

What happens when the wits of machines surpass the intelligence of the human race? Some say we’ll upload our imaginations into computers, emerging as immortals of the digital space. Others warn that it will trumpet… read more

PBS Newshour | Ray Kurzweil on Bringing Back the Dead

July 12, 2012

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PBS Newshour — July 12, 2012

We round out “Ray Kurzweil Online” with the third and final installment of our miniseries. Thursday’s outtake with Mr. Immortality:

Does Kurzweil believe that an avatar of his dead father — created with artificial intelligence and a lifetime’s worth of data and mementos — is, well, his actual father, the guy who died when Ray was 22? This is a step beyond Kurzweil’s stated objective — to stave off death adread more

The New York Times | How to Create a Mind is New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller

November 25, 2012

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The New York Times — November 25, 2012

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil is now #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.

It came out at #1 among all books on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list and went into its third printing one week after publication. The book is available from the book’s official website and… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

TechRadar | 11 technologies that are going to kill us all

May 2, 2013

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TechRadar — May 2, 2013 | Gary Marshall

8. Artificial Intelligence: We’ve all seen the Terminator movies, so we know how this works: one day artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans, and when that happens the AI will quickly realise that the best way to protect the planet is to get rid of the meatbags.

According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, the singularity — the moment machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence — is due around 2045. If… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Inventing with an eye on the future

August 21, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 21, 2013 | Caitlin Huston

Even with an exceptional idea, budding entrepreneurs can struggle to move past the brainstorming stages. They face challenges in execution like building a cohesive team, coming up with a business plan and even understanding how to present their product or service.

This week mentors on WSJ Startup of the Year, a documentary on WSJ.com, offered some words of inspiration for all entrepreneurs. Here’s what some science… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 10, 2014

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Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

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