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The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

April 13, 2015

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Source: The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 13, 2015

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Source: Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

Live Science | How real life AI rivals Chappie, robots get emotional

April 12, 2015

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Source: Live Science — March 17, 2015 | Michael Dhar

In film Chappie, the robot becomes the first droid to experience emotion, sowing chaos and initiating a fight for its own survival.

Famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts sentient machines by 2029, gives emotional intelligence an important place in that development.

Once robots understand natural language, Kurzweil told Wired, they can be considered conscious.

Others say work on emotion in AI will inevitably lead to feeling machines.… read more

Brisbane Times | Debunking five myths about Google

April 12, 2015

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Source: Brisbane Times — March 23, 2015 | Daniel Lyons

Google has built a research group around AI and machine learning, and even hired renowned AI guru Ray Kurzweil, who believes that by 2045 humans will merge with computers in what’s known as the singularity.

Google’s recent acquisitions speak to its intentions: one of the most advanced AI development shops, plus eight of the world’s best robotics companies. [...]

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 12, 2015

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Source: TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]

 

The Washington Post | Love in the time of bots

April 9, 2015

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Source: The Washington Post — March 17, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Artificial intelligence thought leader Ray Kurzweil has suggested that a real life human & AI romance might be possible in as little as 15 years.

In his review of the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her, Kurzweil said he expected similar types of advances by the year 2029, “Samantha herself I would place at 2029, when the leap to human level AI would be reasonably believable.”

Kurzweil says your… read more

Financial Times | Taking on the smart criminals

April 9, 2015

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Source: Financial Times — April 9, 2015 | Emma Jacobs

Marc Goodman works at Singularity University, the private training center in Silicon Valley founded by Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.

Goodman works with astronauts, roboticists and big data scientists to identify the possible dark side of innovation. “Technology is awesome, our future is going to be amazing, but it’s not going to come for free.” [...]

Bloomberg | Google Ventures and the search for immortality

March 9, 2015

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Source: Bloomberg — March 9, 2015 | Katrina Brooker

You figure out who Bill Maris is on his bookshelf. There’s The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, published in 2005, the seminal work by futurist Ray Kurzweil.

He famously predicted that in 2045, humankind will have its Terminator moment — the rise of computers will outpace our ability to control them. To keep up, we will radically transform our biology via nanobots and other machines that will enhance… read more

The Mercury News | Quoted tech billionaires and human immortality

March 6, 2015

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Source: The Mercury News — March 6, 2015 | Levi Sumagaysay

Google spinoff Calico’s stated mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan.

Google’s Larry Page has also backed Singularity University. Its co-founders Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis are big fans of immortality — or at least living till 700. [...]

The Huffington Post | Five signs that science is taking over the world

March 3, 2015

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Source: The Huffington Post — March 3, 2015 | Bobby Azarian, PhD

There are a number of telltale signs that a radical science movement is bubbling at the surface. Here are some reasons. The smart revolution is really here, and the new cool is science.

This marks the beginning of a new era of enlightenment that will not only allow us to better understand ourselves, but also humanity’s full potential. [...]

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