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The Daily Gleaner | Futurist Kurzweil says he hopes his message excites and inspires young people

December 9, 2011

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Source: The Daily Gleaner — December 9, 2011 | Tara Chislett

When it comes to the future, we need to change the way we think about innovation, says internationally renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people at the Fredericton Convention Centre — including more than 200 students from District 18 high schools and the University of New Brunswick — Kurzweil delivered the keynote address at the city’s first goFred X conference Thursday afternoon.… read more

The Smart Set | Immortal combat: The Rosicrucian fantasy in 2011

December 14, 2011

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Source: The Smart Set — December 14, 2011 | Stefany Anne Goldberg

This much is true. We do not want to die. And some say everything we do comes down to this. We look to fame, to children, to heaven, hoping all the while to grasp just a bit of immortality. We look to religion and we look to the occult, invisible solutions built on clouds and trust. We look to more tangible solutions as well. If we had a

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PSFK | How can philosophy play a larger role in media experiences?

December 14, 2011

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Source: PSFK — December 14, 2011 | Jason Silva

When I came across Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, I began to understand the unlimited creative potential of the human species, to not just transcend our biological limitations by upgrading our biological software, but also to impregnate the universe with intelligence. The exponential growth curves of information technology spilling over into the domestication of biotechnology and nanotechnology coupled with the possibilities of artificial intelligence were dazzlingly seductive.

I couldn’t… read more

The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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Source: The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… read more

Fever Picture | Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil’s talk

December 28, 2011

Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil's talk

Ray Kurzweil recently keynoted Australia’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference. Artist Gavin Blake (director of Fever Picture “graphic facilitation agency”) documented the event  with these clever illustrations. You can see more examples of their work on here. Click on the [+] expand button in the upper right-hand corner of the two images below to expand them to full size for best readability.… read more

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Singularity Hub | Q&A with filmmaker Jason Silva as he preaches the philosophy of the Singularity

December 30, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — December 30, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that is storming through the Singularity community. He recently spoke at this year’s Singularity Summit in New York, and is popping up all over the media world with appearances in the Economist, Smartread more

Frost & Sullivan | Ray Kurzweil featured in recent Stratecast report

January 20, 2012

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Source: Frost & Sullivan — January 20, 2012 | Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Ray Kurzweil’s thesis about accelerating trends in technology and paradigm shifts was recently discussed in Frost & Sullivan’s January 20, 2012 Stratecast report, Paradigm Shift — The Rise of the Virtual World Order, by Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Visit Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan, here. For interest and inquiries into Stratecast’s reports and services please contact account executive: Perry Somers, psomers@frost.com, 360-416-4982.

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Boston Review | Cheating death: philosophers ponder the afterlife

February 1, 2012

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Source: Boston Review — February 1, 2012 | Alex Byrne

For the futurist Ray Kurzweil, hope lies in the possibility that he will be uploaded to new and shiny hardware—as pictures are transferred to Facebook’s servers—leaving his outmoded biological container behind.

Isn’t all this a pipe dream? Why isn’t “uploading” merely a way of producing a perfect Kurzweil-impersonator, rather than the real thing? Cryogenic storage might help if I am still alive when frozen, but what… read more

CNET | The Super Bowl ads — tech winners and losers

February 5, 2012

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Source: CNET — February 5, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk

But the winner of the first half — for your Incorrect correspondent, at least — was Best Buy.

Instead of last year’s Justin Bieber and Ozzie Osbourne, here we had stellar individuals such as artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil; Philippe Kahn, the creator of the first cell phone camera; and the people who invented Instagram, Words With Friends, text messages, and other technological… read more

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

February 5, 2012

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Source: 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

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