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Digital Tonto | The Singularity: apocalypse or nerd rapture?

May 11, 2013

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Source: 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

Monolith | When Google hired Ray Kurzweil

May 10, 2013

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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

ReadWrite | 10 great sci-fi films that got the future all wrong

May 10, 2013

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Source: ReadWrite — May 10, 2013 | Brian S Hall

In Logan’s Run, life is perfect. And then you die. At the ripe old age of 30. It may not be fair to include this film on the list. After all, it’s set 250 years from now. Who knows what will happen in that time?

However, given the fact that humanity continues to live longer, spends billions of dollars on extending life, and brilliant scientists such as Ray… read more

Phoenix New Times | Ra Ra Riot on lineup changes, the singularity, and Blade Runner

May 9, 2013

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Source: Phoenix New Times — May 9, 2013 | Chris Parker

Up on the Sun: I understand the new album, Beta Love, is informed by thoughts on the nature and evolution of technology and humanity.

Wes Miles: Yeah, a lot of it comes from a book that Matt [Santos, bassist] started reading first when we were recording The Orchard, Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.

At that point, we started talking more about it and thinking about what… read more

TechCrunch | Identified looks to solve social media’s dirty data problem for recruiters with help from former LinkedIn data gurus

May 8, 2013

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Source: TechCrunch — May 8, 2013 | Rip Empson

In other words, knowing that someone wrote “Analyst” as their job title on Facebook might not be of much help when making predictions about their ideal professional career. However, by considering complementary and related data, like their education, company and friend, SYMAN can infer that the person is in fact a “Systems Analyst” at Cloudera.

Comparing biographical, professional and educational data against the career path of… read more

LiveScience | Intelligent robots will overtake humans by 2100, experts say

May 6, 2013

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Source: LiveScience — May 6, 2013 | Tia Ghose

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Viking, 2005), futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.

Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid… read more

Wired | On the exponential curve inside Singularity University

May 6, 2013

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Source: Wired — May 6, 2013 | David Rowan

It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singuarity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according to prolific inventor and author Ray Kurzweil) sometime around 2045. Still, the official welcome at Singularity University’s (SU) opening executive-programme class this fresh December afternoon in Nasa’s Ames research campus, at Moffett Federal Airfield, California, is delivered, appropriately, by a 60cm-tall NAO… read more

Forbes | Should we fear the rise of the robots?

May 4, 2013

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Source: Forbes — May 4, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.

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… read more

American Public Media Marketplace | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the computers that will live in our brains

May 3, 2013

Source: American Public Media Marketplace — May 3, 2013 | Kai Ryssdal

Shares of Google closed at $845.72 in New York today, up almost 2 percent. It’s been a pretty big week for the company. Google Now, a voice-activated search assistant, launched on iPhone this week. And the wearable computer Google Glass has been getting a lot of press.

Pretty much everything Google’s doing is changing the way we think about and get our information. What’s all that… read more

The New York Times | Science chronicle Last Ape Standing by Chip Walter, and more: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

May 3, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — May 3, 2013 | Christine Kenneally

The New York Times Sunday Book Review | How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, may be best known as a polymath inventor and futurist, but he’s really a cyborg sent back from the year 2029 to save humanity from the nature-nurture debate.

His mission is not to provide a final score… read more

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