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MIT Technology Review | Q&A with futurist Martine Rothblatt

October 21, 2014

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Source: MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, says it’s “wonderfully suggestive” of a time when computers really will think and feel.

Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

Time | The future of food, experts predict how our plates will change

October 9, 2014

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Source: Time — October 9, 2014 | Sarah Begley

Ray Kurzweil | The next major food revolution will be vertical agriculture, in which we grow food in AI controlled vertical buildings rather than horizontal land: hydroponic plants for fruits and vegetables and in vitro cloned meat. Benefits will be profound:

1. Today over one third of usable land is devoted to agriculture, 70% of which is for animals for meat production. Vertical agriculture will free up almost… read more

Wired | Damien Hirst inflates medicine to gargantuan proportions

October 9, 2014

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Source: Wired — October 9, 2014 | Emiko Jozuka

Damien Hirst’s works, inspired by topics such as medicine, science, life and death, have been known to ooze a visceral as well as visually arresting charm.

We’d probably be thinking more along the lines of Ray Kurzweil and desires of ever lasting life. Hirst has faced us with pills and medicine from the clinical pharmaceuticals industry. [...]

Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 9, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… 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

Business Insider | The most powerful person in tech at every age

September 22, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — September 18, 2014 | Rebecca Borison

It’s clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful people in tech at nearly every age, considering factors like the person’s sphere of influence, clout, and ability to guide the industry, as well as potential for power and wealth. Meet the most powerful people in tech, from age 2 to age 98.

Age 66: Ray Kurzweil | Directorread more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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Source: Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The Washington Post | We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

September 22, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

In The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate with futurist Ray Kurzweil about the jobless future.

In his debate with me, Kurzweil said: “Automation always eliminates more jobs than it creates if you only look at the circumstances narrowly surrounding the automation. That’s what the Luddites saw in the early 19th century in the textile industry in England. The new jobs came from… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 22, 2014

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Source: Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

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