Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 12, 2015

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Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

Business Insider | A new, game changing technology can put electronics directly into the brain

June 8, 2015

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Business Insider — June 8, 2015 | Guia Del Prado

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on brain implants that could restore memories and treat brain damage. Having a brain implant to remember facts would greatly enhance our abilities to take tests and perform everyday work.

That might be possible in the future, when tiny brain implants can give us abilities that extend beyond our biological limits. Ray Kurzweil believes we’ll able to access the internet with… read more

Singularity Hub | When will computers match the human brain? Kurzweil vs. Myers

August 19, 2010

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Singularity Hub — August 19, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

10 years? 20 years? 100 years? Never? There are about as many predictions for when artificial intelligence will match human intellect as there are AI researchers.

More, really, when you figure in all the people who simply read about AI research and decide to make their own decisions (I’m in that boat myself). Processing power has been increasing exponentially for years, and few doubt that it… read more

Time | Ray Kurzweil final rank #30 in the Time Readers’ Choice Poll for the most influential people of 2011

April 21, 2011

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Time has announced its 2011 Readers’ Choice 100 Poll. It asks readers to “cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world.” The Top 100 results are included in the annual “Time 100” special edition. Ray Kurzweil’s final rank is #30, just below Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. You can see the complete final poll results here.

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PC Magazine | Ray Kurzweil debunks exponential returns doubters at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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PC Magazine — March 12, 2012 | Dan Costa

As you would expect, this kind of optimism draws a lot of fire from more pessimistic, perhaps more realistic, critics. On Monday at SXSW, Kurzweil took on the skeptics with an array of historical charts, future forecasts, and the simple belief that “you can start world-changing revolution with just the power of your ideas and everyday tools.”

The cornerstone to many of Kurzweil’s predictions is the… read more

Publishers Weekly | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

October 22, 2012

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Publishers Weekly — October 22, 2012

Bringing together contemporary theories and research in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near) provides insight into how the human brain functions, while speculating on the possibilities and philosophical implications of creating a nonbiological mind.

Underlying this analysis is the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind, a process in the neocortex, the seat of higher brain functions such as perception, memory, and language —… read more

The Register | Ray Kurzweil to become Google’s chief engineer

December 16, 2012

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The Register — December 16, 2012 | Simon Sharwood

Futurist, artificial intelligence expert and inventor Ray Kurzweil will join Google as its director of engineering. Kurzweil’s profile is such that it was he — and not his new employer — who announced the new gig, and on his own website to boot.

Kurzweil also says he feels Google is his kind of place to work, and not just for the free food. Just what Kurzweil’s arrival… read more

San Francisco Sentinel | Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil comes to Wheeler Auditorium

March 28, 2013

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San Francisco Sentinel — March 28, 2013

“The restless genius” (Wall Street Journal) Ray Kurzweil comes to Cal Performances’ Wheeler Auditorium on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. He has been nicknamed the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison” by Forbes for making cutting-edge technological advances including the first flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano.

In addition to his… read more

Cambridge Healthtech Institute | The last first base

May 13, 2013

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Cambridge Healthtech Institute — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Davies, PhD

Rather than reflect on the ups and downs of the past 11 years, let me simply lay out some of my most vivid memories from my perch at Bio-IT World: 

Best Keynote: Lander in 2002? Ray Kurzweil? Stephen Wolfram? Venter, Collins, Berners-Lee? I can’t pick. But I would give special commendation to BioTeam cofounder Chris Dagdigian’s annual unofficial fourth keynote, “Trends from the Trenches.” [...]

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Bessemer names Ethan Kurzweil, Jeff Epstein partners

January 24, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — January 24, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Jeff Epstein, the former chief financial officer at Oracle, and Ethan Kurzweil, son of futurist and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, are among six new partners named at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil has been with Bessemer’s Menlo Park office for four years and focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives the firm’s roadmap on developer platforms. [...]

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