Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 24, 2013

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Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

CNN | How TED got famous

March 20, 2014

CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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Money Morning | How Google will dominate the future

November 10, 2014

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Money Morning — November 10, 2014 | Michael A. Robinson

This industry leader has combined Warren Buffett’s business genius with the futurist brain of Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. And there’s nothing but profit ahead for investors.

Kurzweil has pushed the boundaries of innovation for more than five decades. Take a close look at Kurzweil’s work at Google, where he’s a director of engineering.

It’s not well known, but even before Kurzweil’s arrival, the internet search… read more

Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs | The coming robot dystopia, all too inhuman

July 20, 2015

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Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs — July & August 2015 | Illah Reza Nourbakhsh

As robotic prosthetics enter the mainstream, they will house sensors and cloud connected software that will exceed the human body’s ability to sense, store, and process information.

The first step in what futurists such as Hans Moravec, PhD and Ray Kurzweil have dubbed “transhumanism” — a post-evolutionary transformation that will replace humans with a hybrid of man and machine. It is merely a matter of time before human-robot couplings… read more

NPR "Talk of the Nation" | New defense technologies, operating system update

November 2, 2001

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NPR "Talk of the Nation" — November 2, 2001

What new technologies will be developed to defeat terrorism? Ray Kurzweil, David Pogue and Nate Lewis discuss a new iniative designed to spur entrepreneurs into developing creative solutions.… read more

The New York Times | Why do we need predictions? Technology 25 years hence

December 27, 2010

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The New York Times — December 27, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil

Thirty years ago, I realized that timing was the key to success as an inventor. Most inventions fail because the timing is wrong — the innovation needs to make sense for the world that will exist when the project is finished.

Consider how quickly the world changes; just a few years ago, most people didn’t use social networks, wikis or blogs. As an engineer, I gathered a lot of… read more

Scientific American | Will you live forever – or until your next software release – by uploading your brain into a computer?

December 5, 2011

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Scientific American — December 5, 2011 | Gary Stix

Ray Kurzweil and other so-called transhumanists have promised that in coming decades we will be able to transfer a digital copy of the trillions of connections among nerve cells in our brains into a computer. We would essentially reincarnate ourselves as non-biological beings that persist for eternity inside a laptop, on the endless links of the Internet or as avatars inside a television set. After achieving the ultimate copy and… read more

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… 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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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

io9 | Will we survive our technology?

March 21, 2013

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io9 — March 21, 2013 | George Dvorsky

Our technologies are becoming more powerful with each passing year, and with an eerie regularity. This has led some to believe that we’re hurtling towards a sort of nexus point, the so-called Singularity. Looking to explore this possibility, director Doug Wolens recently put together a fascinating documentary on the subject. We spoke to him to learn more about his new film — and what the Singularity could… read more

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