Al Jazeera | Futurist, I will reap benefits of radical life extension

May 8, 2015

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Al Jazeera — May 7, 2015

George Dvorsky is a thinker looking beyond the normal bounds of human lifespan. He’s a futurist, contributing editor to the science fiction publication io9 and chair of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — a think tank dedicated to the transformative power of technology.

To Dvorsky, aging is a problem that’s desperately in need of solving. “It’s a terrible problem, for those of us who are forty plus,… read more

Collider | Executive Producers Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk Person of Interest season three, end of the series, real life parallels, future storyline

May 7, 2015

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Collider — October 15, 2013 | Steve Frosty Weintraub

An interview with hit show Person of Interest executive producers Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman.

Steve Frosty Weintraub: Given that the machine does seem to have a plan will viewers find out what that plan is by the time season three is over?

Jonah Nolan: Yeah, you’re talking about a higher order intelligence. There’s some big questions. I don’t know. It depends on the plan. The plan has… read more

CNBC | Futurist Kurzweil, computers reach human level intelligence by 2029

May 5, 2015

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CNBC — June 11, 2014 | Bob Pisani

CNBC | Reporter Bob Pisani spoke to Ray Kurzweil, a Google Director of Engineering, about how disruptive technologies will change the way we live and work. Pisani interviewed Kurzweil on stage at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance event, presented by CNBC.

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CNBC | Live forever, maybe by uploading your brain

May 5, 2015

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CNBC — May 4, 2015 | Cadie Thompson

At the eMerge Americas conference, Martine Rothblatt, PhD, CEO of United Therapeutics said she shares the beliefs of computer scientist Ray Kurzweil that tech advancements will ultimately enable humans to live forever. A first stage could include preserving a person’s brain in software after the body has died.

Rothblatt’s company does work in transplanting organs, and she said her experience in the field has shaped her views.

“In… read more

The Washington Post | The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

April 24, 2015

The Washington Post — April 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true.

He said by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain.

He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of… read more

The Japan News | Insights into the world, hopes and fears for the future of science

April 23, 2015

The Japan News — April 20, 2015 | Masakazu Yamazaki

The central figure in popularizing futurology is Ray Kurzweil. Despite accepting the biological transformation of humans in the future, Kurzweil does have a strong belief in the basic concept of humans and the human centric philosophy.

As long as Kurzweil observes things about the world outside the human race, he shows no signs of ambiguity. He cites historical facts and data. He has his own views about “who I… read more

Autoevolution | Google’s Ray Kurzweil says autonomous cars will free us, are linked to immortality and VR

April 23, 2015

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Autoevolution — April 22, 2015 | Mihnea Radu

The words of this inventor and futurist have struck a cord, explaining how the iRobot Audi fits in our future.

Kurzweil believes that by 2022, a $1,000 computer will be able to “emulate all the computation of the brain.”

2022 is when most car companies developing autonomous or semi-autonomous cars will be ready to launch. Kurzweil believes they help reduce the number of people killed in accidents, and… read more

Society of Automotive Engineers | Futurist Kurzweil discusses acceleration of intelligent technology

April 23, 2015

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Society of Automotive Engineers — April 22, 2015 | Kami Buchholz

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees a remarkable century with autonomous vehicles transporting smarter, healthier persons to various destinations.

“We’re already smarter by the fact that we can access all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more intelligent information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago,” said Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering since 2012.… read more

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 22, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

Playboy | Playboy interview — Bill Maher

April 16, 2015

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Playboy — April 14, 2015 | David Hochman

David Hochman: You’ve said you don’t believe in heaven or hell, but do you have any quick ideas for your tombstone?

Bill Maher: Yeah. “What was that all about?” I certainly don’t want to be buried. Burn me, cremate me. I don’t want to be worm food or get eaten by maggots. But more than that, I don’t want to die.

I want Ray Kurzweil to come up… read more

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