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Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Source: Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

NRF Retail's Big Blog | Goosebumps, giggles and gadgets: Mike Gatti’s top 5 Super Bowl commercials

February 6, 2012

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Source: NRF Retail's Big Blog — February 6, 2012 | Kathy Grannis

The Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) found 25.8 percent of people planned to tune in strictly for the commercials.

To dish out his own thoughts on the winners of last night’s mega-expensive, ultra-territorial Super Bowl commercial showdown, RAMA’s Executive Director Mike Gatti, in his third annual “Top 5 Commercials” blog post, puts a few things into perspective.

Check out his top picks below:

Best Buy —  Best Buy’s “Innovators” brings… read more

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Graduates face new worlds they aren’t ready for

May 12, 2013

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Source: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier — May 12, 2013 | Scott Cawelti

More positively, breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology that will create or clone humans who live virtually forever, if they can afford and endure it. Humans who are more machine than human, as Ray Kurzweil explores in his book The Singularity Is Near.

Machines that outthink, outlive, and outmaneuver us at every turn. Siri, anyone? And other events too bizarre to even imagine, but

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TED | Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED 2014

March 21, 2014

Source: TED — March 20, 2014

What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies and minds be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In session 8 of TED 2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow.

Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text, and audio technology. He is revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of… read more

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

January 28, 2014

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Source: 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

The Wall Street Journal | Head in the cloud

November 16, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — November 16, 2012 | Ronald Bailey

Our increasing knowledge of neuroscience may eventually allows us to replicate our brains online. Ronald Bailey reviews Jesse J. Prinz’s Beyond Human Nature and Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind.

Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature? Yes indeed, say the authors of Beyond Human Nature and How to Create a Mind. In the first book, Jesse… read more

Forbes | Health and medicine at the inflection point — today’s perspective from Ray Kurzweil

February 5, 2013

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Source: Forbes — February 5, 2013 | John Nosta

There are few voices in the scientific community that have looked so deep and so far into our humanity. Ray Kurzweil is certainly one of these visionaries.  He recently took the time to provide his perspective on digital health and the evolution of medicine.

From nanobots to life eternal, Kurzweil keeps us thinking and imagining a future that is poised to change with amazing speed and relevance to our everyday… read more

New York Times | Hello, HAL (a book review)

November 3, 1999

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Source: New York Times — November 3, 1999 | Colin McGinn

Three of these books provide a vivid window on the state of the art in artificial intelligence research, and offer provocative speculations on where we might be heading as the information age advances. Of the three, ”The Age of Spiritual Machines,” by Ray Kurzweil, is the best…. It gives you the most bits for your buck.

Reason | Here comes artificial intelligence: Ray Kurzweil’s new book imagines man-made minds

November 13, 2012

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Source: Reason — November 13, 2012 | Matthew Feeney

The ongoing acceleration in technology has prompted serious discussions of AI, including the possibility that the “Singularity” — the creation of a greater-than-human intelligence — might occur.

In his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, the futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that we can expect the Singularity by 2045 and that superintelligences will eventually colonize vast swathes of galaxies.

In his latest book, How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil argues… read more

Business Insider | Here’s what futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks life will be like in the next 20 years

September 22, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him ”the ultimate thinking machine.”

With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we’ll all be reconstituted… read more

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