The Georgia Straight | DOXA 2013: Google and the World Brain considers the internet as a sentient thing

May 2, 2013

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The Georgia Straight — May 2, 2013 | Adrian Mack

It might sound silly to you or I, but Ray Kurzweil prays for machine intelligence. Kurzweil is popularly known as one of the high priests of transhumanism, or the belief that technology will eventually supersede human biology. He shows up in Google and the World Brain to explain the so-called singularity, or that moment in time — in 2045, if Kurzweil is right — when machines finally outpace human intelligence. After… read more

Big Think | You can predict the future, and you must

June 4, 2013

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Big Think — June 4, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

When I do mentoring and early stage investing, one obvious thing I look for is that people incorporate a model of the future into their business plans. All too often we get plans which have this common assumption that the future’s going to be just like today.

Yes, we’ve had a lot of change up until now, but then people’s imagination leaves them and they assume… read more

Mashable | Why Her is the best movie ever made about the singularity

January 15, 2014

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Mashable — January 15, 2014 | Adario Strange

Popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge as well as inventor and now Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, the singularity is a theoretical point in future history when artificial intelligences exceed the power of the human mind, become self-aware and dramatically change the balance of power on the planet while simultaneously transforming the very nature of humanity itself.

Google recently doubled down on the idea of using… read more

Maximum Life Foundation | Extreme longevity goes mainstream

April 22, 2014

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Maximum Life Foundation — April 22, 2014 | David Kekich

In case you missed it, CNN’s Inside Man documentary series ran a segment on April 20, 2014 titled “The Future.” And the “future” topic for this show was nothing less than extreme life extension.

The big takeaway from this program was you don’t need to be an immortality seeker to both enjoy it and benefit from it. It covered the gamut from a complete longevity workup followed by… read more

Financial Times | Breakfast with the Financial Times, Ray Kurzweil

April 10, 2015

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Financial Times — April 10, 2015 | Caroline Daniel

Ray Kurzweil’s work at Google aims at moving search beyond keywords towards more complex ideas.

He offers this example. “I met this girl at a party last night. We only spoke a few words but I felt an instant bond with her. Is that realistic? What does the psychology literature say about this?

“Ultimately, and this is the long term project, it would be like asking a person… read more

Financial Times | As Intel co-founder’s law slows, a rethinking of the chip is needed

August 10, 2015

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Financial Times — July 16, 2015 | Richard Waters

Rather than doubling the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years — the rate of progress since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made his famous prediction Moore’s law 50 years ago — the period has stretched out to two and a half years.

That will have a deep effect on technology. It implies the chip industry’s extra computing power, over the next decade, will be only half what it would… read more

Entrepreneur | The one tip for success shared by Ray Kurzweil and Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD

March 9, 2016

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Entrepreneur — March 8, 2016 | Catherine Clifford

Follow your passion deeply, Ray Kurzweil told an audience at an impressively humorous and entertaining talk hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD at the 92 Street Y community center.

The talk with leading, innovative thinkers was part of 92 Street Y’s week long 7 Days of Genius festival. Kurzweil is an inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurist.

In the future, Kurzweil said, there will be a premium on specialized, comprehensive knowledge.… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil’s next book: creating an artificial mind

May 26, 2010

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Singularity Hub — May 26, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil is working on another book, this one to explore the principles of human level intelligence in machines.

Titled How the Mind Works and How to Build One, the new book will explore all the amazing developments in reverse engineering the brain that have come along since his last book, the Singularity is Near was released in 2005.

Whether or not you… read more

The Boston Globe | 150 fascinating, fun, important, interesting, lifesaving, life-altering, bizarre and bold ways that MIT has made a difference

May 15, 2011

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The Boston Globe — May 15, 2011 | Sam Allis, et al.

Some were invented at MIT. Others were simply inspired by time spent at MIT. But all of them (well, maybe not #150) have had a profound impact, in one way or another, on society, culture, politics, economics, transportation, health, science, and, oh yes, technology.

In the 150 years since the Commonwealth approved a charter by William Barton Rogers to incorporate the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Society of… read more

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