Mashable | Why Her is the best movie ever made about the singularity

January 15, 2014

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Mashable — January 15, 2014 | Adario Strange

Popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge as well as inventor and now Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, the singularity is a theoretical point in future history when artificial intelligences exceed the power of the human mind, become self-aware and dramatically change the balance of power on the planet while simultaneously transforming the very nature of humanity itself.

Google recently doubled down on the idea of using… read more

Wired | Why Her will dominate UI design even more than Minority Report

January 13, 2014

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Wired — January 13, 2014 | Kyle van Hemert

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze’s new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie… read more

PR Newswire | Stratecast predictions 2014 the year ahead and a look back

January 13, 2014

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PR Newswire — January 13, 2014

With the acceleration of change, the uncertainty that once characterized the far future is coming to characterize the near future.

Some futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, are convinced that, by the year 2020, the rate of change will be so great that human minds will be incapable of encompassing or understanding it. It is true that this accelerating change dynamic continues to influence the telecommunications market in ways that… read more

El Mundo | In 2030 can we externally connect the brain to make it more powerful?

January 11, 2014

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El Mundo — January 11, 2014 | Eduardo Suarez

Kurzweil just released in Spain How to Create a Mind (Lola Books, 2013). A work setting out his theory of the brain that explains how we could recreate its secrets with the help of a computer.

His words are a window into a future in which the boundaries between life and death and our brains (which will be more powerful with the help of a computer) will blur.… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 10, 2014

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Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 8, 2014

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Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 8, 2014

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Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

GlobeNewswire | Wall Street Journal CIO Network assembles leading CIOs and CTOs to address most pressing global technology and innovation challenges

January 7, 2014

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GlobeNewswire — January 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal will again convene leading chief information and technology officers for the second annual meeting of its CIO Network. The meeting will take place February 3-4 in San Diego to decide action plans for addressing the most pressing technology and innovation challenges facing corporations today.

During the opening session, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google Inc. and chairman, founder, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies,… read more

Yahoo | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s mastermind director of engineering

January 3, 2014

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Yahoo — January 3, 2014 | Elliot Feldman

Some have compared his impact on the world of modern technology to Thomas Edison’s impact on his time and beyond.

Kurzweil had a life-changing meeting with Larry Page where he discussed his “dream” of building an artificially intelligent computer.

Page replied, “Why don’t you do it here?” Kurzweil accepted the new position, stating, “You’ve got around a billion people who use Google. If I can contribute… read more

Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

December 31, 2013

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Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

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