The Georgia Straight | Ray Kurzweil claims we can engineer human health

February 25, 2009

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The Georgia Straight — February 25, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

“Biology,” Kurzweil said, “is suboptimal than what we can build.”

Now that health is an information technology, Kurzweil said, humans are adding an extra three months to their life expectancy every year.

“At some point in the near future, he claimed, “We’ll be adding a year every year to life expectancy, not just for infants, but for people already alive.” [...]

The Hindu Business Line | Get creative, says Kalam

June 7, 2006

The Hindu Business Line — June 7, 2006

Can the computer challenge the brain? Quoting author Ray Kurzweil, former Indian President Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, predicted that by 2019 the computational ability of an ordinary PC would exceed the capability of human brain. However, the creativity of the human mind will always be superior to the most powerful computers in the horizon, he said. “Creativity comes from beautiful minds,” he added.

President Kalam is an Indian scientist… read more

Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.… read more

The Economist | The Economist’s Innovation Award for Computing and Telecommunications given to pioneer Raymond Kurzweil

October 13, 2009

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The Economist — October 13, 2009

[...] The Economist is delighted to recognise Raymond Kurzweil, founder of Kurzweil Computer Products and Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, as this year’s winner in the category Computing and Telecommunications.

Previous winners in this category include Matti Makkonen, former Executive Vice Pesident, Sonera, for his work on Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging, and Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion, for the development of the BlackBerry mobile… read more

Ubiquity | ACM Ubiquity interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 11, 2006

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Ubiquity — January 11, 2006 | John Gehl

UBIQUITY: How is the new book doing?

KURZWEIL: Very well. It’s in its fourth printing, and has been number one both in science and in philosophy on Amazon.

UBIQUITY: It’s an amazing, magisterial piece of work.

KURZWEIL: Thanks, I appreciate that.

UBIQUITY: Why don’t you talk a little bit about the notion of “singularity”? Set the premise for us.

KURZWEIL: Sure. It’s actually a complicated premise, but there… read more

Foreign Policy | The FP top 100 global thinkers

November 30, 2009

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Foreign Policy — November 30, 2009

From the brains behind Iran’s Green Revolution to the economic Cassandra who actually did have a crystal ball, they had the big ideas that shaped our world in 2009. Read on to see the 100 minds that mattered most in the year that was.

71. Ray Kurzweil — for advancing the technology of eternal life.

FUTURIST | NORTH ANDOVER, MASS.

By 2045, the differences… read more

The Seattle Times | How to Create a Mind: the astonishing organization of the human brain

January 20, 2013

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The Seattle Times — January 20, 2013 | Drew DeSilver

Any book that promises on the cover to reveal “the secret of human thought” is setting the bar pretty high. But if anyone could be expected to pull it off, it’s inventor/futurist/Big Thinker Kurzweil, who’s been ruminating about the possibilities of human/computer convergence for more than 20 years now.

Kurzweil’s new book continues and expands on many of the themes he’s written about in earlier works… read more

The Build Network | Why Moore’s Law is still exponentially relevant

April 1, 2012

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The Build Network — April 2012 | Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

The effects of Moore’s Law add up faster than you think. (Seriously. Let us show you.) Which explains why computers and ‘big data’ are about to transform your competitive landscape.

“It comes from an ancient story about math made relevant to the present by the innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil. In one version of the story, the inventor of the game of chess shows his creation to… read more

Variety | NewFronts: WSJ headlines bigger internet TV push

April 29, 2013

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Variety — April 29, 2013 | Todd Spangler

Among nearly 30 biz execs skedded to participate in “Startup of the Year” as mentors include: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Peter Diamandis, chairman and founder, X Prize Foundation; Carly Fiorina, chairman Good360 and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard; and Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

Company also highlighted WSJ Custom Studios, which will work with advertisers to create specialized video segments with integrated… read more

The Dartmouth | Kurzweil discusses future of tech

November 9, 2012

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The Dartmouth — November 9, 2012 | Charles Rafkin

Kurzweil, inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, founder of Singularity University and the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” according to Forbes, compared medical advances to other technological advances, arguing that biology now is subject to the same law of accelerating returns.

Kurzweil predicted that scientists will soon be able to “reprogram” the information processes that form the foundations of biology. “The brain is… read more

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