Business Insider | Google’s genius futurist uses this zany Asian folktale to explain how technology will rule the future

June 9, 2015

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Business Insider — June 9, 2015 | Drake Bear

Humanity has a problem. It’s linear. Technology, on the other hand, is exponential. Take it from Ray Kurzweil, the bestselling author, futurist, and Google chief engineer.

The tale of the inventor of chess and his patron, the Emperor of China: In response to the emperor’s offer of a reward for his new beloved game, the inventor asked for a single grain of rice on the first square, two on… read more

Forbes | The Kurzweilian logic of exponential growth in the interconnected era

October 1, 2015

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Forbes — September 30, 2015 | Dan Woods

A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into 4 broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing today in the interconnected era. What are the rules of this era? Are any patterns emerging? What skills will be needed? What infrastructure is required?

I suggest turning to futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil for guidance about how this plays out, who will win, and… read more

Wired | ** legacy collection ** Ray Kurzweil remembers synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, PhD

January 1, 2000

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Wired — November 1, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil

I first heard a Moog synthesizer in the mid-1960s when I happened across a TV news segment about the newfangled instrument and its sci-fi sounds, as the reporter put it.

I had just finished a high school computer project on algorithmic music composition, but this was the first time I had heard synthesized sounds. It left me with an inspired feeling that a threshold had been crossed.

Robert Moog,… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil’s next book: creating an artificial mind

May 26, 2010

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Singularity Hub — May 26, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil is working on another book, this one to explore the principles of human level intelligence in machines.

Titled How the Mind Works and How to Build One, the new book will explore all the amazing developments in reverse engineering the brain that have come along since his last book, the Singularity is Near was released in 2005.

Whether or not you… read more

The Boston Globe | 150 fascinating, fun, important, interesting, lifesaving, life-altering, bizarre and bold ways that MIT has made a difference

May 15, 2011

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The Boston Globe — May 15, 2011 | Sam Allis, et al.

Some were invented at MIT. Others were simply inspired by time spent at MIT. But all of them (well, maybe not #150) have had a profound impact, in one way or another, on society, culture, politics, economics, transportation, health, science, and, oh yes, technology.

In the 150 years since the Commonwealth approved a charter by William Barton Rogers to incorporate the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Society of… read more

Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

The Atlantic Wire | The SXSWi power ranking Singularity is here

March 12, 2012

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The Atlantic Wire — March 12, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett

We’re into the Monday doldrums at SXSW. Three straight days of walking and talking and drinking, yet somehow people still feel compelled to go outside and keep talking and walking and drinking. On a weekday! The nerve of this town.

Meanwhile, Skype has paid this “town crier” to read Tweets out loud on the street, making the concept of shouting into the void all too literal. It’s almost… read more

Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

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