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Mobiledia | Movers and shakers: Ray Kurzweil, a restless genius

August 26, 2013

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Source: Mobiledia — August 26, 2013 | Margaret Rock

By all accounts, Ray Kurzweil is a genius, a “restless genius,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Forbes called him the “ultimate thinking machine,” while PBS picked him as one of 16 “Revolutionaries Who Made America” — a list that included legends like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

You know those names every time you flick on a light or jump into a car, but despite… read more

NewsFactor Network | Storm rages after Google argues against Gmail privacy

August 25, 2013

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Source: NewsFactor Network — August 14, 2013 | Barry Levine

Google’s understanding of the non-privacy of e-mail applies not only to Gmail users who send e-mail, but also e-mail users on other services that send to Gmail.

Its approach to e-mail is, of course, only the tip of its non-privacy iceberg. The company has made it very clear that it intends to know what users want before they do, as its director of engineering Ray Kurzweil… read more

The Las Vegas Guardian Express | Immortality the death of Alzheimer’s and cancer

August 25, 2013

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Source: The Las Vegas Guardian Express — August 19, 2013 | Iam Bloom

There are other scientists, like Ray Kurzweil, founder of Singularity University, who believe human immortality will come not from our biology, but from our technology.

Singularity University, in partnership with groups like Google, are trying to push and accelerate the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The group believes that eventually machines will not only gain intelligence, but rocket far beyond what humans are capable of being. They… read more

Haaretz | Technology will never replace memory, says Israeli Guinness record holder

August 25, 2013

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Source: Haaretz — August 8, 2013 | Ayelett Shani

Writer and lecturer Eran Katz holds the record for memory exercises. In his new book, he explains how simple techniques can make us all memory whizzes.

Doesn’t technological progress make all those techniques superfluous? Is there still any significance to memorization? Are you familiar with the argument of futurist Ray Kurzweil? He claims we no longer have any need for memory based on memorization. But in the… read more

Forbes | 70,000+ have played Eyewire game that trains computers to map the brain

August 25, 2013

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Source: Forbes — August 19, 2013 | Aaron Frank

Today our technology improves at the speed of Moore’s Law, and those who study that exponential growth, like Ray Kurzweil, contend that we will not only map the brain in our lifetime, but are only a decade away from doing so.

Such ambitious claims are certain to give a neuroscientist the same knee jerk reaction that life scientists had when similar early claims were made about sequencing… read more

The Energy Collective | Irreversible trends spur consumer energy independence

August 25, 2013

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Source: The Energy Collective — August 20, 2013 | Steven Collier

A number of experts believe that Moore’s law is just a special case of a more profound principle stated by Theodore Wright in a 1936 paper, “Facts Affecting Costs of Airplanes.” Ray Kurzweil more recently restated Wright’s Law, as it came to be known, as “The Law of Accelerating Returns.”

They assert that “practice makes perfect” and there are “economies of production.” The power and economics… read more

CNET | Why the Moto X is a Google moon shot

August 25, 2013

Source: CNET — August 2, 2013 | Dan Farber

Google has long focused its engineering resources on artificial intelligence. In December 2012, the company hired AI pioneer Ray Kurzweil to work on getting computers to converse more intelligently with humans, and the company is also using large-scale neural networks, which mimic how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, Google’s AI moon shot is for its brain to pass the Turing test, proof that a machine has… read more

National Post | Why so many cast aside common sense and strive for the seemingly impossible eternal life

August 25, 2013

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Source: National Post — August 23, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld

This modern era is no different, of course, if anything, faith in technology has made the impossible seem possible. That faith is beginning to lend legitimacy to physical immortalists, a still-fringe but growing cast of characters who view death as a curable disease.

Anti-aging researchers at Harvard and other top medical institutions are making strides every day on new drugs and interventions from compounds such as… read more

Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension

August 25, 2013

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Source: Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci

Some experts believe aging ultimately will be conquered by engineers and computer scientists rather than biomedical researchers.

Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more

The Conversation | The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

August 23, 2013

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Source: The Conversation — August 20, 2013 | Kathleen Richardson

Ray Kurzweil is another case in point. In books such as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil is forever predicting that we will merge with machines and be able to upload our “complete” consciousness into machines. This idea is emerging as the next big challenge in robotics but it could equally be viewed as a basic feature of human cultural existence.

I’m “uploading”… read more

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