Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more
December 15, 2013
Source: The Blaze — November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten
As listeners may know, Glenn Beck believes strongly in Ray Kurzweil’s work and the concept of Singularity. Kurzweil argued that this convergence, resulting in Singularity, would occur due to exponential increases in technology, which would develop at faster and faster rates over time under the Law of Accelerating Returns.
Glenn has argued that technological advances will be so rapid and jarring that the results will often be unpredictable,… read more
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s
May 14, 2013
Source: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — May 14, 2013 | Dick Pelletier
We currently fight heart disease with drugs that reduce cholesterol buildup; but with new technologies predicted for the 2020s, we will simply grow new veins or hearts where necessary. In fact, nearly all of our organs, bones, muscles, hair, and skin can be replaced as these new procedures become available.
Ray Kurzweil, in his best-selling book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, confirmed that we… read more
October 21, 2014
Source: MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado
Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more
January 6, 2013
Source: TechCrunch — January 6, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein
World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.
“I envision in some years that the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking,” he said at an intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus.… read more
March 9, 2013
Source: The New York Times — March 9, 2013 | Evgeny Morozov
A future of frictionless, continuous shopping fits with Google’s vision for a world where we no longer need to search for anything, since we ourselves are perpetually monitored, with the relevant product or information sent to us based on perceived need. “Autonomous search,” they call it.
Source: Forbes — April 29, 2013 | Robert Hof
When Google announced in January that Ray Kurzweil would be joining the company, a lot of people wondered why the phenomenally accomplished entrepreneur and futurist would want to work for a large company he didn’t start.
Kurzweil’s answer: No one but Google could provide the kind of computing and engineering resources he needed to fulfill his life’s work. Ever since age 14, the 65-year-old inventor of everything from music synthesizers to… read more
May 10, 2013
Source: Monolith — May 10, 2013 | Elliott King
Most recently, he has been appointed director of engineering at Google, a position that enables him to manage new projects involving machine learning and natural language integration and understanding. Directly applicable to the public face of Google, Kurzweil will become a pivotal factor in creating an even more rigorous search engine that was capable of analysing and interpreting semantic content used in digital language.
He could… read more
January 31, 2014
Source: 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. [...]