Qmed | How unbridled optimism can spur innovation

February 22, 2016

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Qmed — February 17, 2016 | Brian Buntz

We are at a stage in history where technologies can be applied to solve many of humanity’s biggest problems. To drive enormous change, we need medical device innovators with an open source ethos, and a willingness to rethink what is possible.

“Technology’s at its best when used to heal, not hinder, and enhance human potential,” says Dave Zaboski, an animator and classically trained painter who gave a keynote February 9,… read more

Re • Code | Why Google’s artificial intelligence boss is taking over the search empire

February 5, 2016

Re • Code — Fenruary 4, 2016 | Mark Bergen

As it ballooned, Google’s research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing’s biggest brains — Geoffrey Hinton, Peter Norvig, Ray Kurzweil — Titans of the field. And it held onto its home grown talent younger minds, like Jeff Dean, a fabled technician.

All of them work for John Giannandrea. Starting next month, the entire search organization — the beating heart of Google’s $75 billion colossus — will work… read more

Institute for Ethics + Emerging Technology | The singularity: fact, fiction or somewhere in between

January 13, 2016

Institute for Ethics + Emerging Technology — January 13, 2016 | Gareth John

What’s the consensus on Ray Kurzweil’s position concerning future singularity? Is his premise and timeline fiction or reality, but not one that’s going to arrive anytime soon? Is it inevitable as Kurzweil suggests, or millennial day dreaming?

The first use of the term singularity in this context was made by Stanislav Ulam — in his 1958 obituary for John von Neumann. He… read more

Svenska Dagbladet | We will be more fun, sexier and more creative

January 4, 2016

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Svenska Dagbladet — December 19, 2015 | Jan Soderqvist

Futurist Ray Kurzweil deals with questions about health and aging. He maintains that people in the future will become immortal and could be frozen in cryonics, anticipating an age of advances in medical research.

Within 30 years, machines will be smarter than humans and have power over society, says Kurzweil, renowned inventor and author. He sees an immensely bright future. He predicts:

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Business Insider • Tech Insider | Google’s genius futurist takes 100 pills a day to help him live forever — here’s what some of them do

December 19, 2015

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Business Insider • Tech Insider — November 12, 2015

Google’s resident futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil takes 100 pills a day to help him reach singularity, the point at which he believes exponential developments in technology will allow him to live forever.

He stopped by our office and talked to us about food science and supplemental nutrition. Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism. He is author… read more

Bessemer Venture Partners | Ray Kurzweil on the exponential rate of progression

December 19, 2015

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Bessemer Venture Partners — December 15, 2015 | Ethan Kurzweil

A child in Africa with a mobile phone has access to more information than the president of the United States did 15 years ago. The smart phone in your pocket is a billion times more powerful per dollar than the computer all the students and professors shared at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.

As author, futurist, and inventor Ray Kurzweil — who also happens to be my father… read more

The Huffington Post • The World Post | The world’s most influential voices of 2015

December 13, 2015

The Huffington Post • The World Post — December 7, 2015 | Nathan Gardels

The world’s most influential voices of 2015

The Global Thought Leaders index for 2015, a collective intelligence analysis that maps the global conversation on the internet and ranks its most influential voices, has just been released by The World Post and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Index of the world’s most influential voices — those who shape the way we think, and how their… read more

Forbes | No one needs to fear Facebook M for a good while

December 2, 2015

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Forbes — November 30, 2015 | Paul Armstrong

I’m intrigued by Facebook M — the artificial intelligence human oversight product that will eventually be part of, or become, Facebook’s Messenger application. There are a lot of positive words being written about the program but M is not likely to be real AI for some time. Most confuse machine learning for artificial intelligence.

Machine learning counts as AI, but not all AI counts as machine learning. Machine learning is a… read more

Forward | Stephen Hawking’s worst nightmare, golem 2.0

November 7, 2015

Forward — January 4, 2015 | Benjamin Blech

In a recent interview, physicist Stephen Hawking, PhD, said he was deeply concerned for the future of humanity. The cause is artificial intelligence, the creation of intelligent machines able to out-think their creators. Artificial intelligence, as an extension of our intellectual ability, has many advantages.

Yet it has no moral sensitivity. It does not share the ethical limitations of its programmer.

Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, said, “It… read more

Forward | A rabbi and a futurist trade words of wisdom

November 6, 2015

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Forward — November 4, 2015 | Josh Nathan Kazis

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, the Aleph Society, spoke on stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

They talked about evil and progress, then the audience went upstairs for cocktails. Steinsaltz is a writer on religious principles, Jewish theorist, and a popular university and radio commentator.

Kurzweil is a prolific inventor and writer, known for his predictions about technology, who brought his kids… read more

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