The New York Times | Why do we need predictions? Technology 25 years hence

December 27, 2010

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The New York Times — December 27, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil

Thirty years ago, I realized that timing was the key to success as an inventor. Most inventions fail because the timing is wrong — the innovation needs to make sense for the world that will exist when the project is finished.

Consider how quickly the world changes; just a few years ago, most people didn’t use social networks, wikis or blogs. As an engineer, I gathered a lot of… read more

The Wall Street Journal: Japan | Report by New York correspondent Misako Hida: computers surpass human intelligence, ‘Singularity’

March 4, 2011

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The Wall Street Journal: Japan — March 4, 2011 | Misako Hida

In 2045, artificial intelligence (AI) will come to dominate the planet. Computers will surpass human intelligence — this is the “Singularity.” Limits like biological aging and disease will be surpassed — even death will no longer be seen as a restriction to human life. Leading futurist, inventor, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Ray Kurzweil (63) is confident that [...]

The Washington Post | The case for old entrepreneurs

December 2, 2011

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The Washington Post — December 2, 2011 | Vivek Wadhwa

Do people stop being creative as they reach middle age? Henry Ford introduced the Model T when he was 45. Sam Walton built Walmart in his mid-40s.

Some of the most creative people of the century were also not young. Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in his 50s; Alfred Hitchcock directed Vertigo when he was 59; Frank Lloyd Wright built his architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, when he was 68.… read more

PRWeb | Life extension for all — Global Future Congress announces ‘Avatar’

February 22, 2012

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PRWeb — February 22, 2012

The first Global Future Congress 2045 (GF2045) was held on Feb.17-20 in Moscow, where 56 world leading physicists, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists and philosophers met to discuss breakthroughs in life extension technologies and draft a resolution to the United Nations setting the radical lengthening of human lifespan and the creation of avatars as a priority for the preservation of humankind.

About 500 people attended the three-day… read more

AME Info | Experts predict the future in Abu Dhabi

September 19, 2012

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AME Info — September 19, 2012

Two highly distinguished U.S. scientists shared their vision of mankind’s future at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday in a talk titled “What does the future look like?”, as part of the Muntada Program 2012 series of special lectures.

Speaking to a packed hall, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near, and Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics

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USA Today | How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil #56 on USA Today Best-Selling Books list

November 22, 2012

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USA Today — November 22, 2012

How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil: #56 on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list for the week of November 22, 2012.

 

 

Las Vegas Sun | Weekend best bets: Paula Poundstone, Ben Folds Five and Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2013

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Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck

Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lectureRay Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more

Quartz | From Ray Kurzweil to Kanye West, everyone’s a futurist now

March 18, 2013

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Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith

In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.

The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… read more

The Huffington Post | Celebrities reveal what’s on their nightstands

June 20, 2013

The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements

When celebrities reveal what they keep at their bedside, the items may be surprising.

Olivia Munn, for example, recently told Marie Claire that on hers you’ll find The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil, lip balm, a 980,000-volt stun gun for protection, Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. [...]

Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension

August 6, 2013

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Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci

Some experts believe aging ultimately will be conquered by engineers and computer scientists rather than biomedical researchers.

Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more

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