Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: Here’s why solar will dominate energy within 12 years

April 27, 2016

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Fortune — April 16, 2016 | David Z. Morris

Growth is exponential just like processing power. Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could become the dominant force in energy production in a little over a decade.

That may be tough to swallow, given that solar currently only supplies around 2% of global energy. But Kurzweil’s predictions have been overwhelmingly correct… read more

Business Insider • Tech Insider  | How a pianist became the world’s most famous futurist

March 30, 2016

Business Insider • Tech Insider  — March 19, 2016 | Sean Kane

Today computer science pioneer Ray Kurzweil is known for promoting the technological singularity, a point in time when artificial intelligence becomes powerful enough to program better versions of itself.

If it happens such an explosion of digital intelligence will quickly surpass human comprehension and either lead to a Terminator-esque apocalypse or fuse with the human brain, bringing our species to new intellectual heights.

Kurzweil has led a peculiar… read more

The Los Angeles Times | Robots are coming for your job

March 28, 2016

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The Los Angeles Times — March 28, 2016 | Bryan Dean Wright

United States White House economists released a forecast that calculated more precisely who is going be put out of work by forms of automation. Most occupations paying less than $20 an hour will be automated into obsolescence.

The 4th Industrial Revolution’s first victims will be blue collar workers. Some people — like my colleagues at the US Central Intelligence Agency — insist their specialized skill, knowledge can’t be replaced… read more

PBS News Hour | Inventor Ray Kurzweil sees immortality in our future

March 25, 2016

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video | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on improving & extending human life forever
Watch the interview from PBS News Hour special series Brief but Spectacular.

PBS | What if we could overcome disease and aging to extend our lives indefinitely? Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil says that’s a reality that’s coming soon. He sees living forever in our future. Kurzweil reflects on the exponential growth of technology and… read more

Q Daily | Human score 1 vs. Alpha Go score 4 — lost to artificial intelligence

March 20, 2016

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Q Daily — March 15, 2016 | Maruo Fei Cuiqi Wen

After a week of the man vs. machine tournament of go, the reigning world go champion Lee Sedol faced off for the final match against the artificial intelligence system called Alpha Go. Lee Sedol only scored a total of 1:4 — losing to Google’s AI algorithm Alpha Go.

Another artificial intelligence called Deep Blue, built by IBM, was used 20 years ago to beat the world’s chess champion, spelling the… read more

Entrepreneur | The one tip for success shared by Ray Kurzweil and Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD

March 9, 2016

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Entrepreneur — March 8, 2016 | Catherine Clifford

Follow your passion deeply, Ray Kurzweil told an audience at an impressively humorous and entertaining talk hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD at the 92 Street Y community center.

The talk with leading, innovative thinkers was part of 92 Street Y’s week long 7 Days of Genius festival. Kurzweil is an inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurist.

In the future, Kurzweil said, there will be a premium on specialized, comprehensive knowledge.… read more

Star Talk | Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD and futurist Ray Kurzweil on what will happen to our brains and everything else

February 25, 2016

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Star Talk — January 18, 2016

Business InsiderTech Insider | Astrophysicist and Star Talk show host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD sits down with futurist and author Ray Kurzweil for the first time.

Two of the smartest people in the world on what will happen to our brains and everything else.

Star Talk is a podcast and radio show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD — where comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and… read more

Business InsiderTech Insider | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, here’s the one scientific fact that blows my mind

February 23, 2016

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Business InsiderTech Insider — February 22, 2016

Business Insider • Tech Insider  | The world’s leading futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t shocked by much. Except for this one thing. Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism, has a strategy on how to prolong his own life — until science figures out how to make us immortal.

But he still can’t wrap his head around this one fact. The futurist is also author… read more

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

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