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

Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

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Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 21, 2014


Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Tech Radar | Great tech innovators, Ray Kurzweil

May 31, 2015

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Tech Radar — May 31, 2015 | Darren Allan

Innovation is the life blood of technology, driving our lives onwards and upwards and steadily seeping into all aspects of our lives. And behind that innovation lays some truly great names — some familiar and some less so, as people bring their minds to bear on solving the biggest problems on the planet, or simply making things more fun.

Tech Radar has picked out the people we believe are… read more | Fifteen influencers shaping digital health

February 27, 2013 logo — February 27, 2013 | Stephen Davies

6. Ray Kurzweil | While not specifically focused on digital health, the author, futurist and proponent of the technological singularity, Kurzweil’s writings have impacted and inspired those working in digital health. “My perspective on digital health is not simply to use information technology to collect and organize information, but rather to understand and reprogram the information processes underlying biology,” told the HEALTH Critical blog. [...]

Forbes | If Ray Kurzweil lives forever, should Medicare pay for his healthcare?

April 15, 2013

Forbes — April 15, 2013 | Chris Conover

Ray Kurzweil plans to live forever. All power to him. Mr. Kurzweil’s contributions to mankind arguably have been so extraordinary that perhaps we owe it to him to provide him medical care in perpetuity.

Alternatively, perhaps he never plans to retire and/or has amassed a portfolio easily capable of supporting him in perpetuity unassisted by either Social Security or Medicare. In that case, no obvious public policy issues… read more

Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 4, 2013

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Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 21, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

The Verge | Obama plans decade-long research effort to map the human brain and explore consciousness

February 18, 2013

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The Verge — February 18, 2013 | T.C. Sottek

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration plans to spearhead a scientific effort over the next decade that aims to build a comprehensive map of activity in the human brain. The effort will reportedly involve scientists from federal agencies and private foundations that will work together to advance our understanding of perception, actions, and consciousness.

The Times says that the project seeks to accomplish the same level of… read more

The Huffington Post | New film the final moments of Karl Brant explores the singularity

August 6, 2013

The Huffington Post — August 6, 2013 | Joan Sweeny

The story is set in the near future where experimental technology enables a neurologist and two detectives to digitally resurrect a murder victim in order to question him about his final moments.

In Wilson’s words: “I was influenced by the theories of Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and digital immortality and curious to see how the law will deal with the situations that arise from it.… read more

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