Mobiledia | Mind versus machine: computers that think like us

August 21, 2013

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Mobiledia — August 21, 2013 | Kat Ascharya

IBM has long experimented with cognitive computing, having first created Watson and now neural-synaptic chips. But rivals like Google are getting into the game, as well, hiring inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil last year as a director of engineering.

Kurzweil, who invented the flatbed scanner and commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, is known as one of technology’s foremost proponents of artificial intelligence. He believes machines can, and will,… read more

International Business Times | Where to watch Google I/O 2014 live stream of tech giant’s big annual event

June 25, 2014

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International Business Times — June 25, 2014 | Thomas Halleck

While many Google I/O 2014 sessions are targeted at software developers, several of them may interest the general Google, science or technology fan.

Scientist Ray Kurzweil will host a talk on artificial intelligence at I/O 2014 called “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence,” which Google will live stream worldwide. [...]

The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

March 23, 2015

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The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

CNNMoney | The best advice I ever got: Ray Kurzweil

October 25, 2012

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CNNMoney — October 25, 2012

Futurist, inventor, author: In 1978, Xerox became interested in Kurzweil Computer Products and made an investment in my company. In 1979 they expressed interest in acquiring it. They were interested in the scanning and character-recognition technology. Xerox was in the printer business, and they had a lot of machines: copiers, printers that took computerized information and put it out onto paper.

We had a technology that could… read more

Forbes | How technology changes the skills we need to learn

September 28, 2013

Forbes — September 28, 2013 | Greg Satell

In How To Create A Mind, Ray Kurzweil estimates that the human brain can recognize 100,000 patterns. In its first year as a med student, Watson learned 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text and 1.5 million patient records. [...]

Elle | The musical stylings of Janelle Monae

February 1, 2013

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Elle — February 2013 | Kathryn Hudson

“I have a responsibility to my community,” she says at the next. “I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way,” she says again. The ArchAndroid certainly told a mesmerizing story.

Inspired by far-out theorists like Ray Kurzweil, Monae used sci-fi imagery as a metaphor for the African-American experience and created a trippy, captivating musical message of “coming together and creating something that… read more

American Public Media Marketplace | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the computers that will live in our brains

May 3, 2013

American Public Media Marketplace — May 3, 2013 | Kai Ryssdal

Shares of Google closed at $845.72 in New York today, up almost 2 percent. It’s been a pretty big week for the company. Google Now, a voice-activated search assistant, launched on iPhone this week. And the wearable computer Google Glass has been getting a lot of press.

Pretty much everything Google’s doing is changing the way we think about and get our information. What’s all that… read more

Bloomberg | Google Ventures and the search for immortality

March 9, 2015

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Bloomberg — March 9, 2015 | Katrina Brooker

You figure out who Bill Maris is on his bookshelf. There’s The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, published in 2005, the seminal work by futurist Ray Kurzweil.

He famously predicted that in 2045, humankind will have its Terminator moment — the rise of computers will outpace our ability to control them. To keep up, we will radically transform our biology via nanobots and other machines that will enhance… read more

Jewish Currents | Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind — 35 year anniversary

January 13, 2011

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Jewish Currents — January 12, 2011 | Lawrence Bush

The first reading machine capable of translating printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind.

Ray Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist in artificial intelligence, appeared on Steve Allen’s I’ve Got a Secret television show as a high school student back in 1965, when he had already invented a computer capable of composing music.

Stevie… read more

PhysOrg | The world according to Itskov: futurists convene at GF2045

August 9, 2013

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PhysOrg — August 9, 2013 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on transhumanism, a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology.

Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality,  and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals… read more

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