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

Slate | Ray Kurzweil discusses longevity, robot revolts at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Slate — March 12, 2012 | Katherine Goldstein

On Monday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Ray Kurzweil, the prolific author, scientist, and futurist, presented a keynote conversation with Time magazine columnist Lev Grossman to discuss, in the broadest terms, his vision of the future, including augmented-reality glasses, 3D printing airplanes, and reforming our education system.

Here are three of his most interesting predictions.

1) Kurzweil, a long-time advocate of extreme human longevity, says… read more

Barnes & Noble | How to Create a Mind

November 9, 2012

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Barnes & Noble — November 9, 2012

In his visionary bestseller The Singularity Is Near, scientist Ray Kurzweil devoted a single chapter to how reverse engineering the brain could bring us to a point where man and machine are melded into a new entity.

In the eight years since that bold futuristic leap, technologies to examine the brain have made to make that claim seem a hundred times more plausible.

In his… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | The quotable Kurzweil

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Spent an hour chatting with futurist Ray Kurzweil about some of his predictions for the coming decades, and here are three of his biggest “pie in the sky” ideas, as he likes to call them.

Turn off Caveman genes: We will be able manage metabolism by turning off genes. “We’re not depending on the next big hunt for our daily nourishment anymore.”

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The Easton Journal | Planning for human immortality

March 25, 2013

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The Easton Journal — March 25, 2013 | David W. Wheeler

When futurist-inventor Ray Kurzweil says something, I pay attention. So I was pleasantly surprised when, in a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine, Kurzweil said he expects humans will live forever.

The Director of Engineering for Google and inventor of the Kurzweil speech recognition software used by thousands of schools, Ray Kurzweil is also known for making bold – and uncannily accurate – predictions… read more

Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Ersatz brings “deep neural networks” to the masses

May 15, 2013

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Virtual-Strategy Magazine — May 15, 2013

Ersatz is the perfect tool for those interested in making more accurate predictions on highly complex time-series datasets. This product is essential for just about any company where the accuracy of predictions makes a big difference to the bottom line.

As far as competitive landscape, Google is perhaps the most important player in this developing market. They already use deep learning techniques for voice recognition in… 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

BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 24, 2014

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BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

MIT Tech Review | An immersion course in exponential thinking at Singularity University lures executives wary of disruption

January 28, 2017

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MIT Tech Review — January 27, 2017 | Tom Simonite

Singularity University is a for-profit, non-accredited institution dedicated to the theories of futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil. Several times a year it admits groups of executives for a $14,000, week course in exponential leadership.

Singularity University was founded by Ray Kurzweil and space entrepreneur and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis in 2009. It promulgates the philosophy of Kurzweil — the futurist, now at Google — who believes progress biotechnology and… read more

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

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