The Wall Street Journal | Head in the cloud

November 16, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 16, 2012 | Ronald Bailey

Our increasing knowledge of neuroscience may eventually allows us to replicate our brains online. Ronald Bailey reviews Jesse J. Prinz’s Beyond Human Nature and Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind.

Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature? Yes indeed, say the authors of Beyond Human Nature and How to Create a Mind. In the first book, Jesse… read more

ZDNet | Ray Kurzweil lifts lid on Google AI project

January 11, 2013

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ZDNet — January 11, 2013 | Sam Shead

Google’s recently appointed director of engineering Ray Kurzweil has revealed details around an upcoming AI project for the company, focused on helping computers to better understand human language.

“The project I plan to do is focused on natural language understanding although it may have other applications,” said Kurzweil in a video interview with Singularity Hub, published on Thursday. “We want to give computers the ability to understand the… read more

Fortune | When the professor works at Google

September 16, 2013

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Fortune — September 16, 2013 | John Hagel, John Seely Brown

Singularity University doesn’t have a big staff or a long history. It was founded in 2009 by two successful entrepreneurs, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, with the vision of using disruptive technologies to positively impact a billion people within a decade.

They are motivated to explore the potential of rapidly advancing technologies to take on humanity’s big challenges, such as water scarcity and energy consumption. [...]

TED | 14 ways to fix the future

February 16, 2008

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TED | The National Academies’ “Grand Challenges for Engineering” list, released yesterday, runs down the 14 most pressing issues we must face in the 21st century.

Creating access to clean water, restoring our cities, engineering new medicines and new ways of providing care — the list is vast and inspiring. Look on the Next Steps area to find out where we can go from here.… read more

Android Headlines | Google Chief Engineer explains tech exponential growth

June 9, 2015

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Android Headlines — June 9, 2015 | Justin Diaz

Google’s Chief Engineer Ray Kurzweil has had extensive impact on the technological world and is Google’s resident of  “out there” advancements and projects.

Kurzweil explains that technology grows exponentially.

He says by year 2029 the intelligence of humanity will be outpaced by the intelligence of computers, and this continued exponential growth will appear to explode into infinity.

He refers to this as the singularity, an era in which our… read more

The Huffington Post • The World Post | The world’s most influential voices of 2015

December 13, 2015

The Huffington Post • The World Post — December 7, 2015 | Nathan Gardels

The world’s most influential voices of 2015

The Global Thought Leaders index for 2015, a collective intelligence analysis that maps the global conversation on the internet and ranks its most influential voices, has just been released by The World Post and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Index of the world’s most influential voices — those who shape the way we think, and how their… read more

Businessweek | Q&A with Kurzweil’s Ray Kurzweil

February 23, 1998

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Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge

Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more

FutureBlogger | Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Not a Religion

November 6, 2008

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FutureBlogger — November 6, 2008 | Alvis Brigis

At Singularity Summit 2008, Future of Gadgets editor John Heylin asked Ray Kurzweil: Do you feel the Singularity has become its own religious movement inside the science community?

Kurzweil began his response by acknowledging that though there are some people who seek the rapture according to their own preferences, that “the idea of the Singularity did not start from religion.” Instead the concept sprang from “over 30 years… read more

PhysOrg | The future cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011

December 1, 2011

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PhysOrg — December 1, 2011 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

In his post-presentation press conference, Kurzweil was asked about the role of our evolutionarily-determined biological drives — and thereby motivation and emotion — as minds merge with machines and AI equals or surpasses human levels. Kurzweil noted that we have a remarkable ability to sublimate our drives, and we do so largely into innovation.

Since he sees the purpose of technology as the transcendence of our biological limitations, one… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: The six epochs of technology evolution

October 12, 2011

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Big Think — October 12, 2011 | Daniel Honan

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil is an expert at predicting the future. Some of his career highlights include foreseeing the fall of the Soviet Union, the invention of the Internet and a computer beating a man at chess.

So what will the coming decades hold for us? In tracking our progress in the technological-evolutionary journey, Kurzweil has identifies six epochs, each of which is characterized by a major… read more

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