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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

Memeburn | Google Glass’ real promise is among the elderly

May 2, 2013

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Source: Memeburn — May 2, 2013 | Tom Foremski

Google’s rush to Google Glass makes perfect sense, if you consider that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are 40, and 39 years old, respectively. With every day they have more and more in common with 60 year-olds than with 20 year-olds. Google Glass is an exercise in future-comforting their old age.

And so is the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, it’s to ensure that Google’s founders get a front… read more

The Georgia Straight | DOXA 2013: Google and the World Brain considers the internet as a sentient thing

May 2, 2013

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Source: The Georgia Straight — May 2, 2013 | Adrian Mack

It might sound silly to you or I, but Ray Kurzweil prays for machine intelligence. Kurzweil is popularly known as one of the high priests of transhumanism, or the belief that technology will eventually supersede human biology. He shows up in Google and the World Brain to explain the so-called singularity, or that moment in time — in 2045, if Kurzweil is right — when machines finally outpace human intelligence. After… read more

TechRadar | 11 technologies that are going to kill us all

May 2, 2013

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Source: TechRadar — May 2, 2013 | Gary Marshall

8. Artificial Intelligence: We’ve all seen the Terminator movies, so we know how this works: one day artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans, and when that happens the AI will quickly realise that the best way to protect the planet is to get rid of the meatbags.

According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, the singularity — the moment machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence — is due around 2045. If… read more

Las Vegas CityLife | Chip Mosher: The gap

May 1, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas CityLife — May 1, 2013 | Chip Mosher

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spoke at the Smith Center in January, has predicted the imminent next stage of evolution — what he calls “the singularity.”

Here, humans will organically bond with their machines, and those machine/humans will become self-evolving, allowing us to transcend “the biological limitations of our brains.” 2029 being the year when he thinks this will begin.

And cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said the human… read more

Variety | NewFronts: WSJ headlines bigger internet TV push

April 29, 2013

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Source: Variety — April 29, 2013 | Todd Spangler

Among nearly 30 biz execs skedded to participate in “Startup of the Year” as mentors include: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Peter Diamandis, chairman and founder, X Prize Foundation; Carly Fiorina, chairman Good360 and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard; and Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

Company also highlighted WSJ Custom Studios, which will work with advertisers to create specialized video segments with integrated… read more

Forbes | Interview: How Ray Kurzweil plans to revolutionize search at Google

April 29, 2013

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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

PolicyMic | Ray Kurzweil: Artificial intelligence will save humans from ourselves

April 29, 2013

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Source: PolicyMic — April 29, 2013 | Michael McCutcheon

Ray Kurzweil is a best-selling author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

PolicyMic editor Michael McCutcheon recently spoke with Ray Kurzweil about how technology and artificial intelligence can and should be used to address climate change and save the planet.… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Source: Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… 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

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