The Huffington Post | Dear Ray Kurzweil

July 27, 2015

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The Huffington Post — June 30, 2015 | Kevin F. Adler

Dear Ray Kurzweil,

You connected Singularity University to my work with one simple insight: stories were the first invention. Life is pretty short in prehistoric times if the story of the lion behind the rock is not effectively communicated.

My passion is not for technology for technology’s sake, but for people and for the power of technology to unlock our potential as a community.

When you speak of… read more

Austin American Statesman | The singularity may be near as machines get faster and smarter

July 25, 2015

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Austin American Statesman — July 13, 2015 | Omar L. Gallaga

You may already be familiar with the concept of singularity. It’s a futuristic idea about a time when artificial intelligence would advance to the point where it can self design and improve and, in some readings of the term, leave humans in the dust in terms of intelligence and perhaps even sentience.

The term dates back to the late 1950s to mathematician John von Neumann and was popularized later… read more

Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs | The coming robot dystopia, all too inhuman

July 20, 2015

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Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs — July & August 2015 | Illah Reza Nourbakhsh

As robotic prosthetics enter the mainstream, they will house sensors and cloud connected software that will exceed the human body’s ability to sense, store, and process information.

The first step in what futurists such as Hans Moravec, PhD and Ray Kurzweil have dubbed “transhumanism” — a post-evolutionary transformation that will replace humans with a hybrid of man and machine. It is merely a matter of time before human-robot couplings… read more

Information Systems Audit & Control Association | Cybersecurity, the singularity and the rise of the silicon based life form

July 16, 2015

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Information Systems Audit & Control Association — July 16, 2015 | Jeff Hudson

The singularity, a term coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge and popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, strikes fear into some of those familiar with artificial intelligence.

Simply put, The singularity will come to pass once artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.

Those that fear the singularity worry that we will create an artificial life form to do our bidding, which will, in an ironic twist, rise up and… read more

Bloomberg | Google’s new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life

June 25, 2015

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Bloomberg — June 25, 2015 | Jack Clark

The search giant Google has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant.

The research is part of a larger effort within Google to develop conversational AI tools.

Deep Mind, a Google research group in London, has created an AI capable of learning how to play video games without instructions. Geoff Hinton, a distinguished researcher at Google, is working on what’s known as thought vectors, which distill… read more

Automobile | The arrival of autonomous cars examined

June 22, 2015

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Automobile — June 22, 2015 | Mike Floyd

Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor, futurist, and Google’s director of engineering, said in a speech at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress that self-driving cars are a given in the near future.

He says soon an inexpensive computer will be able to outperform a human at driving.

Google has enough brainiacs like Kurzweil to pull off its vision of a drone-like conveyance with no steering wheel,… read more

The Hindu Business Line | AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 22, 2015

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The Hindu Business Line — June 22, 2015 | Vinson Kurian

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.… read more

Stereoboard | Fear Factory share new track “Soul Hacker”

June 18, 2015

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Stereoboard — June 18, 2015 | Laura Johnson

Fear Factory have shared their new track “Soul Hacker.” The song is features on the Los Angeles metallers’ album Genexus, August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Discussing the title of the record, vocalist Burton C. Bell said:

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words, genesis and nexus. This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being.… read more

Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

CNBC | Labor case won’t help Uber’s driver of the future

June 17, 2015

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CNBC — June 17, 2015 | Andrew Wood

Uber recently poached 40 of the scientific minds working at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. Uber and Carnegie Mellon already had a partnership to work on robotics formed in 2015 that would include the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.

How close is Silicon Valley to producing a self-driving car? Google has said that self-driving cars could be available to consumers as early as 2020. That… read more

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