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Business Insider | Google is working on a search system that can understand your emotions

April 25, 2013

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Source: Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey

Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some ambitious plans for search at Google.

Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.

“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords,… read more

The Washington Post | Starbucks, Google and the future of work

August 1, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — August 1, 2013 | Dominic Basulto

A generation from now, the idea of going to the office may become very quaint. As with any shift in society, such as the rise of the mobile “officeless office,” you can choose to view the glass as half-full or half-empty. You can pine for the demise of the cubicle and corner office, seeing it as a further erosion of middle-class life in America.

Or, you… read more

The Business of Fashion | Science fiction is swiftly becoming fact

November 27, 2013

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Source: The Business of Fashion — November 22, 2103 | Vikram Alexei Kansara

This was the main thrust of a recent conference in Budapest, organised by the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based learning institution, founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and sponsored by Google, Nokia, the X Prize Foundation, Genentech and others.

By 2020, Ray Kurzweil predicts that we’ll start to see 3D printing of clothing. This will create a new market for “open source” apparel that can be downloaded and printed at incredibly… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 13, 2014

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Source: Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

The New York Times | A revolution in money

April 3, 2014

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Source: The New York Times — April 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin

“Money is a very interesting philosophical idea in that we have all of humanity agreeing on this system,” said Ray Kurzweil. “So even though we may radically disagree on some things — like let’s say the U.S. government and Al Qaeda — they both respect money. So it’s remarkable how we have this universal respect for this very esoteric virtual construct.”

Mr. Kurzweil is not sure how easy… read more

CNN | The Glenn Beck Program: Interview with Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2008

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Source: CNN — May 30, 2008 | Glenn Beck

The following is a CNN transcript from the episode aired May 30, 2008. To watch the full video click here.

GLENN BECK, CNN HOST: At the age of five, Ray Kurzweil declared himself an inventor. By 17 he was on I’ve Got a Secret with a computer that he had made that now composed its own original music.

In the 1980s, he built… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil: The Mind and How to Build One

December 21, 2010

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Source: Singularity Hub — December 21, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

Humanity has questions about the development of AI, and for decades Ray Kurzweil has been trying to find the answers.

Those who know the author, futurist, and inventor’s work will be familiar with his beliefs in the exponential growth of information technology, and the inclusion of more technologies into the IT label.

Lately, Kurzweil has become increasingly interested in the human mind, how we may… read more

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

May 4, 2011

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Source: 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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Source: 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

Sam Snyder Blog | Why I voted for Ray Kurzweil for president

November 6, 2012

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Source: Sam Snyder Blog — November 6, 2012 | Sam Snyder

Kurzweil represents the best aspects of America: entrepreneurship, invention, scientific research, helping others, and sharing knowledge. Kurzweil makes predictions and then assesses the accuracy of those predictions.

He has an accuracy rate which far surpasses other predictors. He incorporates new scientific evidence to change his worldview, as he did between his books The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life and Transcend

One of Kurzweil’s messages is… read more

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