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Popular Science | Google hires Ray Kurzweil to head its engineering lab

December 17, 2012

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Source: Popular Science — December 17, 2012 | Clay Dillow

The futurist and inventor famous for his predictions on the technological singularity will be Google’s new chief of turning the theoretical future into consumer products.

At Google, Kurzweil will take the title of Director of Engineering, where he will be in charge of shaping the future by turning some of Google’s (and his own) most forward-leaning ideas into consumer products. That’s pretty exciting, given both Google’s… read more

Business Insider | Google is working on a search system that can understand your emotions

April 25, 2013

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Source: Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey

Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some ambitious plans for search at Google.

Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.

“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords,… read more

PC Magazine | Google lands futurist Ray Kurzweil

December 14, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — Decmeber 14, 2012 | Damon Poeter

Google, like many top tech companies is always taking on new employees—but in landing Ray Kurzweil this week, the search giant hasn’t added your run-of-the-mill new hire.

A brilliant technologist who also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned futurists, Kurzweil announced on his blog Friday that he’ll be joining Google on Dec. 17 as a director of engineering. The 64-year-old author and inventor said he… read more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 30, 2014

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Source: TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

The News and Observer | Google Now offers glimpse of where the search giant is headed

February 10, 2013

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Source: The News and Observer — February 10, 2013 | Paul Gilster

Google Translate has many languages to work with and plenty of computer horsepower behind it. Thinking about its methods reminds me that Ray Kurzweil has now gone to work for Google. Kurzweil is an Edisonian figure who came up with the first flatbed scanner and the first machine that could read text aloud. He has created music synthesizers and made huge strides in PC speech recognition, the… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 30, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

Reuters | Google to buy artificial intelligence company DeepMind

January 30, 2014

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Source: Reuters — January 27, 2014 | Alexei Oreskovic, Greg Roumeliotis

Google, which is working on projects including self-driving cars and robots, has become increasingly focused on artificial intelligence in recent years.

In 2012, it hired Ray Kurzweil, considered one of the leading minds in the field, and in May it announced a partnership with NASA and several universities to launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. [...]

CNN | Google touts Android TV, smartwatches and cars

June 26, 2014

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Source: CNN — June 25, 2014 | James O'Toole

Google’s Android software is about to make the leap. The tech giant unveiled a new watch, as well as ways for Android to be used for television and cars at its annual I/O conference for software developers.

In addition to the product focused events, this year’s gathering includes a futuristic lecture from Ray Kurzweil, the sci-fi author and inventor who heads Google’s machine intelligence efforts. [...]

Daily Tech | Google wins DARPA challenge to produce terminator-like robot

December 27, 2013

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Source: Daily Tech — December 27, 2013 | Jason Mick

Google also has been acquiring talented roboticists in similar fashion. It picked up machine learning expert Professor Geoffrey Hinton, who coinvented the backpropagation and contrastive divergence training algorithms for neural networks.

Ray Kurzweil is among Google’s recent robotics-aimed additions. Ray Kurzweil, a famed proponent of a coming converged of artificial intelligence and humanity, was hired as a “Director of Engineering” at Google. [...]

The Huffington Post | Google, Kurzweil, and the information transformation age

December 20, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — December 20, 2012 | Nataly Kelly

Last week, Google announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, who will work to solve complex language processing problems, among other things. In an interview last year, Kurzweil pointed out that language processing issues are among the most difficult problems to solve. Kurzweil will join the same company that employs Franz Och, the mastermind behind Google Translate (both were interviewed for my new book, Found in Translation).… read more

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