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TED | TED 2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design

March 20, 2014

Source: TED — March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Jacobs

With just one week left to go until TED 2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote about the science of goat arousal and which launched a defense… read more

TED | Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

March 19, 2014

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Source: TED — February 2009

TED | Ray Kurzweil‘s latest graphs show that technology’s breakneck advances will only accelerate — recession or not.

He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity. Recorded at TED University 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, CA.

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Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 18, 2014

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Source: Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

TechCrunch | Why can’t a startup build a self-driving car?

March 18, 2014

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Source: TechCrunch — March 15, 2014 | Peter Yared

Google has been on a massive buying spree lately, snapping up key hires such as Ray Kurzweil, who is considered by many to be the godfather of commercial cognitive computing.

Companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft have been building out machine-learning teams that can leverage their investments in vast networks of computers.

The amount of transistors needed to match the number of neurons in a human brain is… read more

CNET | Glassholes: At least you know who they are

March 18, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 16, 2014 | Stephen Shankland

It’s quite possible that ordinary looking glasses, or perhaps jewelry or clothing or Bluetooth earpieces, could have such technology built into it. Maybe it’ll even be in contact lenses or, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanobots in our brains and bloodstream will intercept our own sensory data, process and store it, then communicate directly with our own neurons.

That latter idea is pretty far out, but given how… read more

CNET | The web at 25: How it won the White House and won me back

March 17, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 13, 2014 | Eric Mack

Time is our only truly finite resource, although Google and people like Ray Kurzweil seem to be working to change that.

My time in the wilderness had turned me from the hardest-core digital devotee into someone more like my grandmother, a remarkably well-informed octogenarian who has still never touched a keyboard to this day, at least to my knowledge. [...]

Business Standard | Letters: More than science fiction

March 17, 2014

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Source: Business Standard — March 16, 2014 | H. N. Ramakrishna

Raymond Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, and a director of engineering at Google calls the moment “singularity,” when artificial intelligence will overtake human thinking.

He believes that the Turing test will be passed in 2029. Robots, when accurately programmed, don’t make mistakes. They don’t complain about working conditions — don’t demand union representation, they don’t take sick leave or demand benefits. [...]

H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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Source: H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

Society for Science and the Public | Ray Kurzweil speaks to Intel Science Talent Search 2014 finalists

March 12, 2014

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Source: Society for Science and the Public — March 10, 2014

Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a Science Talent Search 1965 alumnus, spoke to the 40 finalists of the Intel STS 2014 and other invited guests at the annual Alumni Dinner on March 7, 2014.

Today, Dr. Kurzweil serves as the Director of Engineering for Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

He is also a successful author and inventor, and… read more

Business Insider | The Silicon Valley 100: The coolest people in tech right now

March 12, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — March 7, 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey and Jillian D'Onfro

36. Ray Kurzweil is considered to be one of the leading minds in the artificial intelligence field. Since joining Google, Kurzweil has laid out some ambitious plans for search, in which Google would actually be conscious and know who you are.

Last year, Kurzweil also shared his plans for cheating death and how little robots, called nanobots, can help fight disease. [...]

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