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The Georgia Straight | The future according to Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil

October 24, 2014

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Source: The Georgia Straight — October 23, 2014 | Blaine Kyllo

Kurzweil used math modeling to predict that fossil fuels will be replaced within 20 years and we can engineer health lifespans.

Asked whether innovation will save us, Kurzweil is an optimist about our future.

Working for Google, Kurzweil’s got more data points on his graphs of exponential growth of information technologies. He says we’re only six doublings away from solar energy technologies being able to provide enough… read more

The Vancouver Sun | Simon Fraser University Community Summit brings together world leaders and the folks next door to talk innovation

October 21, 2014

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Source: The Vancouver Sun — September 17, 2014 | Shawn Conner

The Simon Fraser University Community Summit is bringing in two well known big thinkers: CBC host and author Amanda Lang will moderate an evening with Ray Kurzweil and Richard Florida.

One of Google’s chief engineers, Kurzweil will likely address the idea of transhumanism — where people and computers combine to make a greater whole. Well-known urban theorist Florida, who has written about cultural and technological innovation, will discuss… read more

MIT Technology Review | Q&A with futurist Martine Rothblatt

October 21, 2014

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Source: MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, says it’s “wonderfully suggestive” of a time when computers really will think and feel.

Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

Time | The future of food, experts predict how our plates will change

October 9, 2014

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Source: Time — October 9, 2014 | Sarah Begley

Ray Kurzweil | The next major food revolution will be vertical agriculture, in which we grow food in AI controlled vertical buildings rather than horizontal land: hydroponic plants for fruits and vegetables and in vitro cloned meat. Benefits will be profound:

1. Today over one third of usable land is devoted to agriculture, 70% of which is for animals for meat production. Vertical agriculture will free up almost… read more

Wired | Damien Hirst inflates medicine to gargantuan proportions

October 9, 2014

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Source: Wired — October 9, 2014 | Emiko Jozuka

Damien Hirst’s works, inspired by topics such as medicine, science, life and death, have been known to ooze a visceral as well as visually arresting charm.

We’d probably be thinking more along the lines of Ray Kurzweil and desires of ever lasting life. Hirst has faced us with pills and medicine from the clinical pharmaceuticals industry. [...]

Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 9, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… read more

Business Insider | Here’s what futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks life will be like in the next 20 years

September 22, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him ”the ultimate thinking machine.”

With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we’ll all be reconstituted… read more

Business Insider | The most powerful person in tech at every age

September 22, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — September 18, 2014 | Rebecca Borison

It’s clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful people in tech at nearly every age, considering factors like the person’s sphere of influence, clout, and ability to guide the industry, as well as potential for power and wealth. Meet the most powerful people in tech, from age 2 to age 98.

Age 66: Ray Kurzweil | Directorread more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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Source: Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

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