Wired | Siri’s inventors are building a radical new AI that does anything you ask

August 12, 2014

Wired — August 12, 2014 | Steven Levy

The field of artificial intelligence has become the scene of a frantic corporate arms race, with internet giants snapping up AI startups and talent.

Google recently paid a reported $500 million for the UK deep learning company DeepMind and has lured AI legends Ray Kurzweil and Geoffrey Hinton to its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Facebook has its own deep learning group, led by prize hire Yann LeCun… read more

Qmed | How unbridled optimism can spur innovation

Ray Kurzweil keynote at UBM conference Medical Design + Manufacturing
February 22, 2016

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Qmed — February 17, 2016 | Brian Buntz

We are at a stage in history where technologies can be applied to solve many of humanity’s biggest problems. To drive enormous change, we need medical device innovators with an open source ethos, and a willingness to rethink what is possible.

“Technology’s at its best when used to heal, not hinder, and enhance human potential,” says Dave Zaboski, an animator and classically trained painter who gave a keynote February 9,… read more

Slashdot | Kuzweil: The cloud will expand human brain capacity

October 10, 2012

Slashdot — October 10, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will eventually do more than store our e-mails or feed us streaming movies on demand: it’s going to help expand our brain capacity beyond its current limits.

In a question-and-answer session following a speech to the DEMO technology conference in Santa Clara, California last week, Kurzweil described the human brain as impressive but limited in its capacity to… read more

The Washington Post | Artificial intelligence: our final invention?

December 18, 2013

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The Washington Post — December 18, 2013 | Matt Miller

This spring Hollywood will weigh in with Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher targeted by violent extremists who think we’re crossing a Rubicon that will be a disaster for humanity.

A few years ago I read chunks of Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near. Kurzweil argued that what sets our age apart from all previous ones is the accelerating pace of technological advance.

This… read more

Tech Radar | Google, Ray Kurzweil developing ambitious intelligent AI search tech

Computers that truly understand language
January 15, 2013

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Tech Radar — January 15, 2013 | Michael Rougeau

New Google hire and accomplished inventor Ray Kurzweil recently described his ambitious current project at the search giant.

Kurzweil is hoping to leverage Google’s massive pool of resources and data to develop technology that would create truly intelligent computers that can understand human language on a deep level.

The technology could be used to create hyper-intelligent search engines that answer questions before you even ask them.

His… read more

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

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