Medium | In robotics you have to look for hidden limitations

October 6, 2015

Medium — October 4, 2015 | Scott Friedman

In robotics, you have to look for the hidden limitations. They are there, but robotocists and press don’t talk about them, and civilians don’t even know to ask. I founded Seegrid with Hans Moravec, Phd and with generous support from futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, who was on our Seegrid board of directors. I’ve got a little expertise here.

For self-driving cars, there are at least 3 giant hidden limitations.read more

New York Times | Hello, HAL (a book review)

November 3, 1999

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New York Times — November 3, 1999 | Colin McGinn

Three of these books provide a vivid window on the state of the art in artificial intelligence research, and offer provocative speculations on where we might be heading as the information age advances. Of the three, ”The Age of Spiritual Machines,” by Ray Kurzweil, is the best…. It gives you the most bits for your buck.

The Boston Phoenix | Is genius immortal? Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison: now he’s battling to stay alive — forever

May 3, 2010

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The Boston Phoenix — May 3, 2010 | Chris Faraone

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids. That might not be evident on a visitor’s first trip to his Kurzweil Technologies, a sleek yet modest office in Wellesley Hills, which is rather ordinary looking for the headquarters of a futurist who’s striving to live forever.

Still, the 62-year-old inventor is aware of the Edison comparisons, and… read more

The Times | Get ready for a scary new world of life-enriching robot implants

February 16, 2008

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The Times — February 16, 2008 | Mark Henderson

The advances are so rapid that one inventor says that humanity will be transformed by 2050. Our correspondent reports from the American Association conference in Boston. Artificial intelligence will match the human intellect within a couple of decades, according to an inventor who predicts a technological revolution in which intelligent “nano-robots” work inside the body to stave off ageing and enhance the capacity of our minds.

Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The New York Review of Books | On the road to immortality

November 10, 2011

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The New York Review of Books — November 10, 2011 | John Gray

First published in 2009, and more recently in a paperback edition, Transcend presents “an easy-to-follow program” — “a comprehensive exercise program, sample menus and recipes, precise dosages for supplements, when and where to obtain blood tests, and many other helpful details.”

The program’s initial goal is “to slow down and in many cases to stop the processes that lead to disease and aging” so that we can “live… read more

Singularity Weblog | Mobile innovators: Best Buy features Ray Kurzweil on Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Singularity Weblog — February 6, 2012 | Nikola Danaylov

“I’m Ray Kurzweil. I gave your words a voice.” This was Ray’s punchline during yesterday’s feature Best Buy Super Bowl ad also acknowledging a number of other mobile innovators.

The commercial focused the spotlight on ten technology innovators who have changed the way we use our phones:

  • Philippe Kahn: created the camera phone and MotionX
  • Neil Papworth: sent the first SMS message
  • Paul

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Music of the Spinning Wheel | Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution: Sudheendra Kulkarni interviews Ray Kurzweil

April 5, 2012

Music of the Spinning Wheel — April 5, 2012 | Sudheendra Kulkarni

Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution:  An interview with Dr. Ray Kurzweil by Sudheendra Kulkarni

Ray Kurzweil was a speaker at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi on 17 March 2012. On the sidelines of the conclave, he was interviewed by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a prominent Indian journalist-activist and author of a forthcoming book Music of the Spinning Wheel: Mahatmaread more

SmartPlanet | Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, artificial intelligence and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil tool to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his new book on human thought, How to Create a Mind, and the various themes that stem from it. Their talk was varied and at times… read more

Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame | Will we all be like Superman soon?

March 7, 2013

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Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame — March 7, 2013 | Zachary Todd

To elucidate the sorts of innovations we can expect within the next 20 years, I defer to renown futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil (who has arguably the most stunning track-record of technological predictions).

Kurzweil suggests that by 2030 many of our bodies will have nanobots, the size of red blood cells, which are billions of times more powerful than our computers today. These nanobots will be… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… read more

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