Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more

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The Boston Globe | Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton

November 16, 2011

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The Boston Globe — November 16, 2011

A couple dozen actors, writers, politicians and scientists call Newton their current or former home:

Ray Kurzweil — He’s one of MIT’s most vocal and high-profile technology visionaries.… read more

Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

Mike Gatti, executive director… read more

Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Business Insider | Why Her might be totally right about everyday life in the future

January 15, 2014

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Business Insider — January 15, 2014 | Kyle Vanhemert

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie about people. With that, the film took shape. [...]

Business Wire | Singularity University and CNBC partner to launch exponential finance conference in New York

February 26, 2014

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Business Wire — February 26, 2014

Exponential Finance will take place June 10-11, 2014, in New York.

The event will bring together top business leaders and government officials with the next generation of entrepreneurs to engage in dynamic and forward-thinking discussions on the exponential technologies that are creating the next greatest wave of transition in industry, business and finance.

Peter H. Diamandis cofounded SU with futurist and Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil. [...]

gallery | An inspired collection of fan artwork and portraits of Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the future

June 7, 2013

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gallery | An inspired collection of fan artwork and portraits of Ray Kurzweil’s future vision, to be enjoyed by all ages.

about | Gouache portrait of genius Ray Kurzweil for my portraiture class. I’m Meg: equal parts designer, illustrator, and printmaker currently residing in Washington, DC. This is a blog of my process current projects. Thanks for visiting!

artwork by | Meg Vazquez… read more

Wired | Futurist Ray Kurzweil pulls out all the stops (and pills) to live to witness the Singularity

March 24, 2008

Wired — Mar 24, 2008 | Gary Wolf

Ray Kurzweil, the famous inventor, is trim, balding, and not very tall. With his perfect posture and narrow black glasses, he would look at home in an old documentary about Cape Canaveral, but his mission is bolder than any mere voyage into space. He is attempting to travel across a frontier in time, to pass through the border between our era and a future so different as to be unrecognizable. He calls this border the singularity. Kurzweil is 60, but he intends to be no more than 40 when the singularity arrives.… read more

In Depth: Ray Kurzweil

January 6, 2011

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C-SPAN |  A conversation with writer, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the founder, chairman and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies. Topics include: expanding human intelligence with machines; human pattern recognition; inventing machines to help people with sensory disabilities; and artificial intelligence.

During this program, Kurzweil responds to viewer calls and e-mail.

Download this audiobook from Audible.com.

Black Sun Journal | Ray Kurzweil on future energy

October 18, 2005

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Black Sun Journal — October 18, 2005 | Sean Prophet

Ray Kurzweil’s new book, The Singularity is Near is a stunning compendium of future history. To those not familiar with Kurzweil’s method, the book reads like far-fetched science fiction. In fact, peak-oil doomers will be disgusted. That’s because like most of society, they believe in what Kurzweil calls the linear-intuitive model of growth and development (i.e. it will take about as long to develop things in the future as it… read more

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