Newsweek — July 31, 2014 | Michael Carroll
Some, like futurist writer Ray Kurzweil, imagine uploading human consciousness into a machine so we can live forever within computer systems as networks of information. [...]
Long Now Foundation — July 29, 2014 | Austin Brown
Ray Kurzweil, who popularized the Turing test in his books, countered that reverse-engineering of the human brain will allow computer programs that can think like a human, and that research is accelerating.
The… read more
July 27, 2014
Radio Open Source — July 27, 2014 | Christopher Lydon
The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?
Economists predict that 50% of US jobs could be automated in a decade or two. Big fun show with… read more
July 21, 2014
The Washington Post — July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa
In his debate with me, Kurzweil said: “Automation always eliminates more jobs than it creates if you only look at the circumstances narrowly surrounding the automation. That’s what the Luddites saw in the early 19th century in the textile industry in England. The new jobs came from… read more
July 16, 2014
Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen
“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more
July 8, 2014
The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down
Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.
Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to
June 27, 2014
CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole
At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.
He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more
June 26, 2014
Motherboard — June 26, 2014 | Max Cherney
In ten years, you’re probably going to print your own clothes for a few cents, he told the audience.
Kurzweil said transnational fashion enterprises aren’t into it because, like other industries, they’re afraid their bottom line is going to suffer. [...]… read more
Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster
Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.
Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.
When computers do reach… read more