Android Headlines | Google’s Director Of Engineering says our brains will be connected to the cloud in 2035

February 4, 2014

Android Headlines — February 4, 2014 | Alexander Maxham

According to Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, by 2030 we’ll have “billions of blood cell sized computers in our bloodstream, keeping us healthy, augmenting our immune system, going into the brain and putting it onto the cloud.”

He explains that humanity will use technology to attain immortality over the next 30 years.

While it sounds cool to upload your brain to the cloud, it may be… read more

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Google DeepMind deal hastens computers that think like people

January 31, 2014

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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. [...]

Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

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Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

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The Press of Atlantic City | R&B star Janelle Monae brings new album and androids to Borgata

January 30, 2014

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The Press of Atlantic City — January 30, 2014 | Robert DiGiacomo

Janelle Monae plans to make a memorable first impression for her Atlantic City debut.

The androids serve as a vehicle through which Monae, whose work is influenced by futurist Ray Kurzweil and director Spike Jonze (Her), can explore societal issues, such as the marginalization of people of color, the poor and other oppressed minorities. [...]

Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

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

January 29, 2014

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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. [...]

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 Coeur d' Alene Press | He sees the future and it’s amazing

January 28, 2014

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The Coeur d' Alene Press — January 28, 2014 | Sholeh Patrick

Move over, Nostradamus. Ray’s taking over as top prognosticator.

Kurzweil predicted when an internet would become central to daily life — back in the 1980s when few believed him. He predicted with startling accuracy when a computer could beat a world chess champion — eight years before it happened. But he also predicted the dismantling of the Soviet Union. What does Google’s genius clairvoyant say is coming? [...]… read more

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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