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NPR | First watch: Ra Ra Riot “Binary Mind”

August 28, 2013

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Source: NPR — August 12, 2013 | Robin Hilton

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot’s latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song “Binary Mind,” the merging of computers and human brains.

In a new video for the track, the band members’ disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

Ra Ra Riot frontman… read more

Forbes | Five reasons humans should never become machines

August 28, 2013

Source: Forbes — August 27, 2013 | Bruce Dorminey

Even so, a prosthetic hippocampus brain implant could in effect offer a way out of Alzheimer’s; since, in theory, it would provide sufferers of such neurological disorders with new ways to encode and retrieve memory. But is such an artificial hippocampus the first step toward radical enhancement?

He says when technologists like Ray Kurzweil talk about our machine futures, Kurzweil imagines that the machines that we… read more

The Grid | Five things we learned at Ray Kurzweil’s immortality lecture

October 24, 2012

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Source: The Grid — October 24, 2012 | Jesse Ship

Smug, nerdy, and in full I-told-ya-so form, inventor Ray Kurzweil expounded to an audience of hipsters, futurists, and mad scientists at the Danforth Music Hall last Thursday night. Kurzweil talked about the future of artificial intelligence and a few topics from his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind. Some of the highlights included:

» What really separates the men from the monkeys: According… read more

MTV Hive | Five ways William Gibson and Ray Kurzweil influenced Ra Ra Riot’s new album

February 7, 2013

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Source: MTV Hive — February 7, 2013 | Kory Grow

Halfway into the synth-poppy title track for Ra Ra Riot‘s new album, Beta Love, frontman Wes Miles sings, “In this city of robot hearts, ours were made to be.”

No mere fantastical hiccup, that line — and the song’s programming speak title — stem from Miles’ and his bandmates’ interest in science and science fiction, namely the works of science fiction author William Gibson and inventor-futurist… read more

Quartz | From Ray Kurzweil to Kanye West, everyone’s a futurist now

March 18, 2013

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Source: Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith

In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.

The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… read more

Tampa Bay Times | Future of retail may include cell phones among blood cells

May 16, 2014

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Source: Tampa Bay Times — April 24, 2010 | Mark Albright

A shopping trip in the not-so-distant future promises to be a virtual reality version of a fully stocked store projected in 3D from eyeglasses to your retina.

“The cell phone is the gateway to everything. In 10 years it will be embedded in your belt,” said futurist Ray Kurzweil.

That was one of many predictions served up to chief marketing officers from 40 major retailers at a… read more

The Daily Gleaner | Futurist Kurzweil says he hopes his message excites and inspires young people

December 9, 2011

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Source: The Daily Gleaner — December 9, 2011 | Tara Chislett

When it comes to the future, we need to change the way we think about innovation, says internationally renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people at the Fredericton Convention Centre — including more than 200 students from District 18 high schools and the University of New Brunswick — Kurzweil delivered the keynote address at the city’s first goFred X conference Thursday afternoon.… read more

Film | Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes Spike Jonze’s Her could be a reality by 2029

February 20, 2014

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Source: Film — February 19, 2014 | Angie Han

If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like AI could be available as early as 2029.

Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020. [...]

PBS Need to Know | Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change

February 16, 2011

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Source: PBS Need to Know — February 16, 2011 | Lauren Feeney

Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously and accurately predicted that a computer would beat a man at chess by 1998, that technologies that help spread information would accelerate the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that a worldwide communications network would emerge in the mid 1990s (i.e. the Internet).

Most of Kurzweil’s prognostications are derived from his law of accelerating returns — the idea that information technologies progress… read more

Discovery News | Futurist Ray Kurzweil joins Google: DNews nugget

December 17, 2012

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Source: Discovery News — Decemeber 17, 2012 | DNews editors

Ray Kurzweil is more than an inventor. Sure, he gave us the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, 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.

But Kurzweil is more than that. He is keenly focused on… read more

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