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

January 13, 2014

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

Fact | Ray Kurzweil to receive Technical Grammy Award

February 6, 2015

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Fact — February 6, 2015

Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for his lifetime of work in the field of music technology. The Technical Grammy Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of technical significance to the field of music recording.

Kurzweil is perhaps best known in the music world for Kurzweil Music Systems, the company he founded in 1982.

KMS introduced the… read more

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 11, 2015

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TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]

 

Daily Mail | Rise of the robo-brain

June 8, 2015

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Daily Mail — June 8, 2015 | Sarah Griffiths

Scientists have engineered flexible electronics that can be injected into brain tissue through a needle to mesh with biological brain cells.

This mesh of electrodes can unfold once in position and has so far been used to monitor brain activity in mice.

This suggests it may be capable of similar feats in humans one day. Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google said in 2013 that it will… read more

The New York Times | The future is now? Pretty soon at least

June 3, 2008

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The New York Times — Jun 3, 2008 | John Tierney

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

GigaOM: Mobilize | Will Texas Instruments power your next watch?

May 4, 2011

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GigaOM: Mobilize — May 4, 2011 | Kevin C. Tofel

Consumers may not be quite ready for wearable computers, but watch-maker Fossil, along with Texas Instruments, thinks the time is near. The Fossil project, known as Meta Watch, brings a “wearable development system aimed at inspiring the next generation of connected-watch applications.” The Meta Watch will cost $200 when it arrives in July and is powered by TI’s MSP430 ultra-low-power microcontroller and Bluetooth chip.

Hopefully, the Bluetooth… read more

PSFK | How can philosophy play a larger role in media experiences?

December 14, 2011

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PSFK — December 14, 2011 | Jason Silva

When I came across Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, I began to understand the unlimited creative potential of the human species, to not just transcend our biological limitations by upgrading our biological software, but also to impregnate the universe with intelligence. The exponential growth curves of information technology spilling over into the domestication of biotechnology and nanotechnology coupled with the possibilities of artificial intelligence were dazzlingly seductive.

I couldn’t… read more

The State Press | Technology reaches a critical point

October 29, 2012

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The State Press — October 29, 2012 | Caleb Varoga

According to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, the singularity is “an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today — the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.”

Kurzweil describes singularity as an exciting and progressive movement, but while there’s nothing to fear… read more

CNET | Google’s Ray Kurzweil hire could yield some good returns

December 15, 2012

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CNET — Decemeber 15, 2012 | Larry Dignan

Ray Kurzweil will have implications far beyond the fun projects at Google. His machine learning knowhow could impact networks, data centers and algorithms too.

Google has brought on futurist and artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering, and there could be some real returns on the company’s high-profile hire.In a statement, Kurzweil confirmed that he’d be joining Google. He noted that his interest in… read more

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