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. [...]

The Georgia Straight | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll replace fossil fuels in 20 years

February 26, 2009

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The Georgia Straight — February 26, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

Ray Kurzweil’s idea of the future has been amazingly accurate. “Within 20 years,” he said, “we’ll have largely replaced fossil fuels.”

As for the waste left behind by old industries, Kurzweil said that information technologies will after we move to environmentally friendly, renewable forms of energy, nanotechnology can clean up environmental impact from industrial technologies.

“We’ll recycle physical products using nanotechnology to reorganize the molecules which are… read more

ABC News talks to Ray Kurzweil

May 12, 2012

ABC News talks to Ray Kurzweil about how the technology that he has predicted in the books that he has published will dramatically change the world’s views on life and death.

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Politico | Americans are living longer, what if that’s a disaster?

August 4, 2015

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Politico — August 1, 2015 | Michael Grunwald

Gordon Woo, PhD is a Cambridge mathematician and MIT theoretical physicist who now works for the consultancy Risk Management Solutions, analyzing catastrophic risks.

Journalist Michael Grunwald talked to Woo about what he’s learned about old age — its consequences, what kinds of people are most likely to achieve it, what kinds of medical advances are likely to prolong it.

And what it means for public and private finances… read more

Digital Tonto | The Singularity: apocalypse or nerd rapture?

May 11, 2013

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Digital Tonto — May 11, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in The Terminator it is the moment when computers take over, but rather than killing us off the machines enhance us.

Some have called the Singularity a nerd rapture. Its prophet is Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence and the new Director of… read more

CNBC | Computers will be like humans by 2029: Google’s Ray Kurzweil

June 12, 2014

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CNBC — June 12, 2014 | Cadie Thompson

Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil.

“My timeline is computers will be at human levels, such as you can have a human relationship with them, 15 years from now,” he said at the Exponential Finance conference in New York City, NY, on June 11, 2014.

“When I… read more

dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

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dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The Wall Street Journal | Man or machine? Ray Kurzweil on how long it will be before computers can do everything the brain can do

June 29, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — June 29, 2012

In a wide-ranging interview, Ray Kurzweil and The Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Murray discussed advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and what it means to be human.

They discussed pattern recognizers in our neocortex, machine intelligence (such as Watson), when machines will have human-level intelligence and consciousness (by 2029, the prospects and ethics of human-machine merger, and life extension.

The Wall Street Journal | Why you should bet big on bionic brains

November 23, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 23, 2012 | Matt Ridley

When an IBM computer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folk opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising. Mastering the subtleties of human language, including similes, puns and humor, would remain far beyond the reach of a computer.

Last year another IBM program, Watson, triumphed at just these challenges by winning… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Don’t fear the reaper

August 16, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 16, 2013 | John J. Ross

A sprightly tour among the scientists and enthusiasts who hope to live forever. The transhumanists hope to do an end-run around mortality by phasing out the weak links of flesh and blood. In the near future, brain scans will allow the wetware of the brain, our memories, our personalities, our prejudices and passions, to be uploaded into cyberspace.

We will flit from one cyborg body to another,… read more

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