The Economist | The new overlords: Man and technology are evolving together in radical new ways

March 10, 2011

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The Economist — March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? People were shocked in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat Garry Kasparov, a Russian grandmaster, at chess. But winning a board game is a trivial task compared with understanding the complexities and idiosyncrasies of human speech. The company has now developed Watson, a supercomputer it thinks is capable of understanding “natural language”.

To put this claim to the test, IBM arranged for… read more

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The future is so bright, it’s dematerializing

February 25, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — February 25, 2012 | Matt Ridley

Dematerialization is one of the reasons that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give for the future’s being “better than you think” in their new book, Abundance. Mr. Diamandis founded the X Prizes, which handsomely reward those who reach certain far-minded goals in technology, medicine, energy and ecology.

As well as the X Prizes, Mr. Diamandis is cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, where the futurist Ray… read more

Computerworld | Kurzweil: Brains will extend to the cloud

October 3, 2012

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Computerworld — October 3, 2012

Human brains will someday extend into the cloud, futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted at the DEMO conference here on Tuesday.

Moreover, he said, it will become possible to selectively erase pieces of our memories, while retaining some portions of them, to be able to learn new things no matter how old the person is.

“The brain doesn’t grow much from a very young age,” he… read more

Push Square | Quantic Dream is already working on a game for PS4

March 21, 2013

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Push Square — March 21, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream may have only fully raised the curtain on its PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls earlier this afternoon, but it’s already looking to the next generation.

In an interview with Eurogamer.net, the Parisian studio confirmed that it has started development on an “innovative” PlayStation 4 title, and we’re guessing that it stars that scary old man from last month’s PlayStation Meeting.

Fondaumière said that the developer’s… read more

CNET | Why the Moto X is a Google moon shot

August 2, 2013

CNET — August 2, 2013 | Dan Farber

Google has long focused its engineering resources on artificial intelligence. In December 2012, the company hired AI pioneer Ray Kurzweil to work on getting computers to converse more intelligently with humans, and the company is also using large-scale neural networks, which mimic how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, Google’s AI moon shot is for its brain to pass the Turing test, proof that a machine has… read more

The Blaze | Glenn: The government cannot stop the exponential growth of technology

January 18, 2013

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The Blaze — January 18, 2013 | Glenn Beck

Technology is advancing at a rampant rate, which creates amazing possibilities but also incredible challenges for the average person. Only a few years ago your music player, phone, TV, and computer were all separate devices that would have cluttered your desk if you laid them all out. Today, all of that fits in the palm of your hand with your smartphone or tablet. And that’s just the beginning. New… read more

Style | It’s Her party: Spike Jonze rolls out his latest

December 17, 2013

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Style — December 17, 2013 | Lauren Goodman

Her is the first film Jonze has written himself, and it’s stunning. Set in a future Los Angeles, there was much chatter about artificial intelligence afterward in the Q&A, which Larry Ellison moderated.

Jonze mentioned Ray Kurzweil, the futurist who works at Google and who Mike Mills also cited when I interviewed him last week for Nowness, about a film he made about the future for SFMOMA. [...]

Film | Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes Spike Jonze’s Her could be a reality by 2029

February 19, 2014

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Film — February 19, 2014 | Angie Han

If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like AI could be available as early as 2029.

Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020. [...]

The Vancouver Sun | Album of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

May 27, 2014

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The Vancouver Sun — May 27, 2014 | Francois Marchand

The track climaxes in club-worthy apotheosis and leads directly into the fantastic titular number “Do It Again,” a bombastic anthem where Robyn sings, “Don’t care what they say. It hurts so good.”

This is where the symbiosis between Royksopp and Robyn conjures the idea that Ray Kurzweil’s singularity is really upon us. [...]

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