Source: 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 25, 2013
Source: 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 14, 2013
Source: 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
January 16, 2014
Source: 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 14, 2014
Source: 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 28, 2014
Source: 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
September 1, 2014
Source: 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. [...]
December 30, 2009
Source: h+ magazine — December 30, 2009 | Surfdaddy Orca, R.U. Sirius
A 3-way conversation with the brilliant and controversial inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil needs little or no introduction to most h+ readers. Principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition, Ray… read more
October 31, 2002
Source: Wired — October 2002 | Ray Kurzweil
He has a penchant for clear explanation and in his latest book, Flesh and Machines, How Robots Will Change Us, Brooks lucidly explores a wide range of themes related to his life with robots.
These range from… read more