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Bionic.ly | Fifteen influencers shaping digital health

February 27, 2013

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Source: Bionic.ly — 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

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Source: 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

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

February 18, 2013

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Source: 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

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Source: 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

The New York Times | Trying to outrace scientific advances — Almost Human on Fox police show based in the future

November 27, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — November 15, 2013 | Hugh Hart

Mr. Wyman added that his series’s premise draws on the “Singularity” theories of the futurist Ray Kurzweil, who forecasts the merging of flesh, blood and minuscule nanobot devices into self-healing man-machine hybrids.

“Kurzweil talks about how, if you had cancer, you could get a pill the size of a marble containing hundreds of tiny computers programmed to attack your cancer cells,” Mr. Wyman said. “By dinner time, you… read more

The Boston Globe | How to Create a Mind, The Light of Amsterdam, Because I Said So!

December 8, 2012

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Source: The Boston Globe — December 8, 2012 | Kate Tuttle

If you met a non-biological intelligent entity, one that demonstrated convincingly human-like emotional responses (it could laugh and cry, tell a joke, and argue), would you accept it as a conscious being, more or less equivalent to a person? Ray Kurzweil says he would, and much of his latest book focuses on trying to persuade readers to abandon long-held beliefs about the unique value of the human… read more

LiveScience | Intelligent robots will overtake humans by 2100, experts say

May 6, 2013

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Source: LiveScience — May 6, 2013 | Tia Ghose

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Viking, 2005), futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.

Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid… read more

The Huffington Post | Mind uploading and digital immortality may be reality by 2045, futurists say

June 18, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to Swamis and other spiritual leaders.

In the year 2045: Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence, an event known as the singularity.

Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential… read more

Discovery Institute Evolution News | The brain remains an evolutionary mystery

October 17, 2012

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Source: Discovery Institute Evolution News — October 17, 2012

Some evolutionists do not particularly care about the past as much as the evolutionary development of the human brain extending into the future.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, currently promoting his new book How to Create a Mind, believes that someday we will be able to reverse-engineer the brain, uncovering its secrets. Kurzweil acknowledges the evolutionary gap between humans and all other animals, but rather than trying… read more

Rolling Stone | Can Her happen, the experts weigh in

February 6, 2014

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Source: Rolling Stone — February 6, 2014 | Jonathan Ringen

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