The Wall Street Journal | What the singularity will mean at the office

February 6, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 6, 2014 | Rachael King

According to Ray Kurzweil, within the next few decades the accelerating pace of technological development could create intelligent machines and alter our relationship with technology.

In science fiction the future is often depicted as a dystopian future where robots become self-aware and take over the world. Usually there’s a handful of people fighting for the survival of the human race. [...]

Rolling Stone | Can Her happen, the experts weigh in

February 6, 2014

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Rolling Stone — February 6, 2014 | Jonathan Ringen

The Adobe .pdf version of the story is readable here.

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The Wall Street Journal | Google’s Ray Kurzweil envisions new era of search

February 4, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 4, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

Within five to eight years, search engines will start to appear much more human-like, according to Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil.

They will respond to long and complex questions, understand the meaning of the documents that they are searching, and be on the look-out for information they think might be useful to people. [...]

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Google DeepMind deal hastens computers that think like people

January 31, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — January 31, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

The theme of this year’s WSJ CIO Network Conference in San Diego is the Dawn of the Digital Mind. CIO Journal will tackle the subject in a discussion with Google engineering director, author and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil.

The Spike Jonze movie Her, about a man who falls in love with an operating system, doesn’t appear to be straining the limits of credulity. [...]

Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

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Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

Or, at least, his estimations of how long it will take… read more

The Press of Atlantic City | R&B star Janelle Monae brings new album and androids to Borgata

January 30, 2014

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The Press of Atlantic City — January 30, 2014 | Robert DiGiacomo

Janelle Monae plans to make a memorable first impression for her Atlantic City debut.

The androids serve as a vehicle through which Monae, whose work is influenced by futurist Ray Kurzweil and director Spike Jonze (Her), can explore societal issues, such as the marginalization of people of color, the poor and other oppressed minorities. [...]

Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 29, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

MIT Technology Review | Is Google cornering the market on deep learning?

January 29, 2014

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MIT Technology Review — January 29, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

As advanced machine learning transitions from a primarily scientific pursuit to one with high industrial importance, Google’s bench is probably deepest.

Names it has lured from academia into full-time or part-time roles include Sebastian Thrun (who has worked on the company’s autonomous car project); Fernando Pereira, a onetime University of Pennsylvania computer scientist; Stanford’s Andrew Ng; and Singularity University boss Ray Kurzweil. [...]

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