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Flip the Media | Ray Kurzweil brings the Singularity to SXSW

March 13, 2012

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Source: Flip the Media — March 13, 2012 | Joe Pavey

On Monday afternoon author and inventor Ray Kurzweil took the stage at SXSW for an interview session with frequent Time magazine contributor Lev Grossman.

Kurzweil, somewhat of a controversial figure in the tech community, was there to discuss his radically optimistic views on technology, human consciousness, and evolution.

The session began with Kurzweil delivering a short slide presentation about his predictions on how technology will impact… read more

Barnes & Noble | How to Create a Mind

November 9, 2012

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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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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Source: 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

South by Southwest | Ra Ra Riot

March 12, 2013

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Source: South by Southwest — March 12, 2013

The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup,… read more

Express | Johnny Depp undergoes terrifying transformation for new eerie science fiction film, Transcendence

December 23, 2013

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Source: Express — December 21, 2013 | Nicole Morley

The exciting trailer for new sci-fi flick Transcendence has been released. Playing scientist Will Caster in the movie, Depp’s character is desperate to reach immortality.

Caster attempts to transfer his knowledge, memories and emotions into an advanced computer programme to live on as artificial intelligence.

After the radiation claims Caster’s body, he survives as a virtual person — but his colleagues soon discover that they’re playing a… read more

The Coeur d' Alene Press | He sees the future and it’s amazing

January 28, 2014

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Source: The Coeur d' Alene Press — January 28, 2014 | Sholeh Patrick

Move over, Nostradamus. Ray’s taking over as top prognosticator.

Kurzweil predicted when an internet would become central to daily life — back in the 1980s when few believed him. He predicted with startling accuracy when a computer could beat a world chess champion — eight years before it happened. But he also predicted the dismantling of the Soviet Union. What does Google’s genius clairvoyant say is coming? [...]… read more

CNET | The web at 25: How it won the White House and won me back

March 17, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 13, 2014 | Eric Mack

Time is our only truly finite resource, although Google and people like Ray Kurzweil seem to be working to change that.

My time in the wilderness had turned me from the hardest-core digital devotee into someone more like my grandmother, a remarkably well-informed octogenarian who has still never touched a keyboard to this day, at least to my knowledge. [...]

New York Times | Hello, HAL (a book review)

November 3, 1999

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Source: New York Times — November 3, 1999 | Colin McGinn

Three of these books provide a vivid window on the state of the art in artificial intelligence research, and offer provocative speculations on where we might be heading as the information age advances. Of the three, ”The Age of Spiritual Machines,” by Ray Kurzweil, is the best…. It gives you the most bits for your buck.

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