The New York Times | The Top 75 New York Times Best-Selling Education Books of 2013

December 18, 2013

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The New York Times — December 18, 2013 | Deborah Hofmann

Welcome to the debut of The New York Times Bestseller List of Education titles.

This collection of eclectic and far-ranging titles is intended to get people talking and thinking about the many ways we discuss education, how we present sometimes arcane subjects, and how we think about teaching and learning at all ages and in many contexts.

The list was compiled by looking at every adult nonfiction… read more

The Washington Post | Artificial intelligence: our final invention?

December 18, 2013

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The Washington Post — December 18, 2013 | Matt Miller

This spring Hollywood will weigh in with Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher targeted by violent extremists who think we’re crossing a Rubicon that will be a disaster for humanity.

A few years ago I read chunks of Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near. Kurzweil argued that what sets our age apart from all previous ones is the accelerating pace of technological advance.

This… read more

Ion Cinema | Her review

December 18, 2013

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Ion Cinema — December 18, 2013 | Jordan M. Smith

As with the larger whole of his work, Jonze challenges our notions of consciousness and embodiment through the naive notion of fantasy, but this time he takes pains to tie down Theodore’s romance with a technologically plausible narrative that sees Ray Kurzweil’s singularity coming steadily nearer.

Despite the ever-prevalence of tech and disconnection between people, Her is a powerful work of emotionally driven cinema. [...]

Fast Company | Spike Jonze imagines the future of artificial intelligence, mobile design, love, and pants in Her

December 17, 2013

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Fast Company — December 17, 2013 | Teressa Iezzi

Designing the future based on a feeling: To develop the film’s AI entity, Jonze says that he and his team strove less for “scientific” authenticity and focused instead on what worked for the film’s relationship and for what they would want to see in the technology.

The process did start with research. Jonze mentions reading some of the leading thinkers on the evolution of computer consciousness — Kurzweil… read more

Style | It’s Her party: Spike Jonze rolls out his latest

December 17, 2013

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Style — December 17, 2013 | Lauren Goodman

Her is the first film Jonze has written himself, and it’s stunning. Set in a future Los Angeles, there was much chatter about artificial intelligence afterward in the Q&A, which Larry Ellison moderated.

Jonze mentioned Ray Kurzweil, the futurist who works at Google and who Mike Mills also cited when I interviewed him last week for Nowness, about a film he made about the future for SFMOMA. [...]

Mashable | Google acquires robotics-design company Boston Dynamics

December 14, 2013

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Mashable — December 14, 2013 | Adario Strange

After robotics software and now hardware, the third piece of Google’s puzzle seems to be the artificial-intelligence work of Ray Kurzweil, a recent company hire.

Kurzweil is known for talking up the notion of a technological singularity, a point in human history during which artificial-intelligence systems will suddenly surpass human abilities.

According to Kurzweil, the singularity will take place around 2045. When Amazon unveiled its flying delivery drones earlier this month, Kurzweil’s response… read more

The Blaze | Inventor Kurzweil: No more disease, aging, printable replacement organs

December 10, 2013

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The Blaze — December 10, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books, including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3D printing.

Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence… read more

Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 4, 2013

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Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

Associated Press | Amazon’s delivery drones an idea that may not fly

December 3, 2013

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Associated Press — December 3, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz

Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.”

“Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional… read more

News Corp Australia | Google’s latest company Calico plans to do anti-ageing research

November 27, 2013

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News Corp Australia — November 27, 2013 | Victoria Craw

Now Google bosses have turned their sights on a much more complex subject – the human body. The tech giant has recently embarked on a series of high profile hires for its new venture Calico, a company which wants to extend human life by up to 100 years.

It comes after the company hired Ray Kurzweil as engineering director, the 65-year-old credited with inventing speech recognition technology who… read more

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