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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

University of Advancing Technology | Futurist Ray Kurzweil named as 2009 inductee into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking

February 19, 2009

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Source: University of Advancing Technology — February 19, 2009 | Robert Marshall

The Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking has named Ray Kurzweil, renowned technology futurist, inventor and entrepreneur, as its 2009 inductee. Mr. Kurzweil will appear on campus at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to receive the honor at the Da Vinci Society’s annual luncheon and colloquium.

The Da Vinci Society was founded in 2005 by UAT President Dominic Pistillo to honor the world’s leading… read more

CNET | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, AI, and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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Source: CNET — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

The inventor and author speaks onstage at the Techonomy conference in Tucson about his new book on human thought and the themes that stem from it.

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil took 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… read more

Las Vegas Sun | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts in-body computers and a potential war with machines

January 26, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 26, 2013 | Eli Segall

If you worry that the Internet, computers and other electronics play an outsized role in daily life, futurist Ray Kurzweil has one message for you: This is only the beginning.

Kurzweil, who will speak Sunday night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Audi Speaker Series, predicts a high-tech society that makes today’s lifestyle look straight out of the Stone Age.… read more

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

March 24, 2008

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Source: 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

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