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Wired | AI systems will prove useful long before they become self aware

August 29, 2014

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Source: Wired — August 15, 2014 | Tephen F. De Angelis

Ray Kurzweil, a leading proponent of the search for a sentient computer system notes, “IBM’s Watson is not quite at human levels in its ability to understand human language.

“If it were, we would be at the Turing test level now. Yet it was able to defeat the best humans in the game show Jeopardy! This is because of the inherent speed and reliability of memory that computers… read more

Newsweek | Part human part machine cyborgs are becoming a reality

August 29, 2014

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Source: Newsweek — July 31, 2014 | Michael Carroll

First articulated by British philosopher Max More in 1990, transhumanists generally advocate a post human condition where humanity is replaced by the next stage in evolution — a human machine hybrid.

Some, like futurist writer Ray Kurzweil, imagine uploading human consciousness into a machine so we can live forever within computer systems as networks of information. [...]

Fortune | Sure, you can hack a network: what about your fitness?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Fortune — August 3, 2014 | Richard Morgan

Read renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil’s 2009 book Transcend, a nine-step mnemonic for living well. For ultra-competitive, mostly male engineers in the technology industry, fitness is the next space for efficiency and one-upsmanship. [...]

Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

Wired | Siri’s inventors are building a radical new AI that does anything you ask

August 14, 2014

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Source: Wired — August 12, 2014 | Steven Levy

The field of artificial intelligence has become the scene of a frantic corporate arms race, with internet giants snapping up AI startups and talent.

Google recently paid a reported $500 million for the UK deep learning company DeepMind and has lured AI legends Ray Kurzweil and Geoffrey Hinton to its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Facebook has its own deep learning group, led by prize hire Yann LeCun… read more

Los Angeles Times | DJ Steve Aoki balances decadent party image with business dreams

August 10, 2014

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Source: Los Angeles Times — August 8, 2014 | Chris Lee

A companion video series called “Neon Future Sessions” will likely upend expectations for the long haired head banger who sprays champagne on his audience as a matter of course.

In the videos, Aoki interviews such techno eminences as scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil — behind the singularity theory that envisions the melding of human brains with supercomputers, and Aubrey de Grey — whose books portend man’s ability to… read more

Radio Open Source | ‘The end of work’ with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon [UPDATE: podcast available]

July 31, 2014

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Source: Radio Open Source — July 27, 2014 | Christopher Lydon

The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?

Economists predict that 50% of US jobs could be automated in a decade or two. Big fun show with… read more

Long Now Foundation | How hard should the Turing test be?

July 29, 2014

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Source: Long Now Foundation — July 29, 2014 | Austin Brown

Within the world of Long Now’s Long Bets, $20,000 is on the line. Mitch Kapor predicted in 02002 that “By 2029 no computer — or machine intelligence — will have passed the Turing test.”

Ray Kurzweil, who popularized the Turing test in his books, countered that reverse-engineering of the human brain will allow computer programs that can think like a human, and that research is accelerating.

The… read more

Forbes | Do humans live too long?

July 18, 2014

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Source: Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen

Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most famous immortalist, insisting there is no reason to believe death can’t be stopped or reversed, a feat that would only contribute to overall human productivity.

“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more

The New York Times | Silicon Valley sharknado

July 12, 2014

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Source: The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.

Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to

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