Democrat and Chronicle | Ra Ra Riot is pushing its sound

May 31, 2013

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Democrat and Chronicle — May 31, 2013 | Jeff Spevak

There is a temptation here to present Ra Ra Riot as some kind of intellectual pop hothouse of futuristic ideas, discussing the artificial intelligence predictions of Ray Kurzweil and the sci-fi futurist writings of William Gibson while riding from gig to gig in the tour bus. “It has happened,” says violinist Rebecca Zeller. “Probably more in the van than in the bus.”

To… read more

CNET | Glassholes: At least you know who they are

March 16, 2014

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CNET — March 16, 2014 | Stephen Shankland

It’s quite possible that ordinary looking glasses, or perhaps jewelry or clothing or Bluetooth earpieces, could have such technology built into it. Maybe it’ll even be in contact lenses or, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanobots in our brains and bloodstream will intercept our own sensory data, process and store it, then communicate directly with our own neurons.

That latter idea is pretty far out, but given how… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

The Standard | Reading, writing and robots

May 15, 2000

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The Standard — May 15, 2000 | Steffan Heuer

The research community keeps coming up with tangible results to support [Ray Kurzweil's] outlandish claims, from respected labs at MIT and Yale to startups like Molecular Electronics in Chicago and the nano-adventures at Texas-based Zyvex.

News stories about DNA-based computing, next-generation chips grown in petri dishes and molecule-size nanorobots built from carbon atoms are in the headlines just as the race to decipher the human genome is drawing… read more

The New York Times | Merely human? That’s so yesterday

June 11, 2010

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The New York Times — June 11, 2010 | Ashlee Vance

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen.

While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around… read more

The Sunday Times | Hi, I’m Watson, the tin can smarter than you

February 13, 2011

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The Sunday Times — February 13, 2011 | Tony Allen-Mills

Meet Watson, a talking supercomputer…promise of astonishing new artificial intelligence technology…Squadrons of pilotless drones may soon be joined on the ground by a new warrior breed of remotecontrolled robot fighter.

Ray Kurzweil, a leading U.S. authority on artificial intelligence, agreed with Hawking that human intelligence was “not getting better. [...] Note: This article is available only with subscription.

TechCrunch | Tech Bowl: Best Buy spotlights mobile innovators, founders in Super Bowl spot

February 5, 2012

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TechCrunch — February 5, 2012 | Rip Empson

Every year, Best Buy runs a big Super Bowl spot, and traditionally they go the route of hiring a big celebrity to hawk their brand message. Last year, it was “the Biebs” and Ozzy Osbourne. This year, Best Buy has opted for something a bit different, choosing to highlight innovators and give more than a nod to geeks in its tech-focused Super Bowl ad.

Drew Panayiotou,… read more

Google Think Quarterly | Transgressive Man

April 4, 2012

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Google Think Quarterly — April 4, 2012 | Cyrus Shahrad

Prophet, futurist, or catalyst of chaos? Ray Kurzweil believes that innovations in biogenetics and nanotechnology are creating a new future for humanity, but could they just as easily destroy us all?

There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then-17-year-old’s appearance on panel show I’ve Got a Secret. Suited and smiling, exuding the… read more

Greg Laden's Blog | Kurzweil: How to create a mind

November 20, 2012

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Greg Laden's Blog — November 20, 2012 | Greg Laden

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed is Ray Kurzweil’s latest book. You may know of him as the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil is a “futurist” and has a reputation as being one of the greatest thinkers of our age, as well as being one of the greatest hucksters of the age, depending on whom you ask.… read more

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

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