Spiegel | Ray Kurzweil begins with Google

December 17, 2012

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Spiegel — December 17, 2012 | Felix Knoke

Kurzweil’s tasks from Google will be the development of natural language processing and machine learning at the Mountain View headquarters, said the author, entrepreneur and art-philosopher called one of the “leading inventors of our time.” A Google spokesman said that Kurzweil solutions will be “incredibly valuable” for Google projects. [...]

NASDAQ | Google and NASA make quantum leap with new computer

May 23, 2013

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NASDAQ — May 23, 2013 | Minyanville

But one man at Google definitely has a specific vision. As Greg Satell at Forbes wrote, “In many ways, the Google-NASA partnership represents a new Manhattan Project, but instead of the aim being a nuclear explosion, the goal is to simulate the human brain, a feat that Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, believes will be completed before the end of the next decade.”

Kurzweil is one of… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Google DeepMind deal hastens computers that think like people

January 31, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — January 31, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

The theme of this year’s WSJ CIO Network Conference in San Diego is the Dawn of the Digital Mind. CIO Journal will tackle the subject in a discussion with Google engineering director, author and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil.

The Spike Jonze movie Her, about a man who falls in love with an operating system, doesn’t appear to be straining the limits of credulity. [...]

Forbes | What it’s like to be a student at Singularity University, an insider’s story

June 10, 2013

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I first heard about Singularity University from a friend who was a student in the very first SU cohort. He told me that being at SU changed his outlook on life. I was not surprised as I was a big fan of Ray Kurzweil’s (co-founder of SU) books and they had a similar effect on my life.

It is because of Kurzweil’s writing on intelligent machines… read more

The Blaze | What happens when machine overtakes man?

November 19, 2013

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The Blaze — November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

As listeners may know, Glenn Beck believes strongly in Ray Kurzweil’s work and the concept of Singularity. Kurzweil argued that this convergence, resulting in Singularity, would occur due to exponential increases in technology, which would develop at faster and faster rates over time under the Law of Accelerating Returns.

Glenn has argued that technological advances will be so rapid and jarring that the results will often be unpredictable,… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 21, 2014

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Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Tech Radar | Great tech innovators, Ray Kurzweil

The man who gazes into the crystal ball for the tech industry
May 31, 2015

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Tech Radar — May 31, 2015 | Darren Allan

Innovation is the life blood of technology, driving our lives onwards and upwards and steadily seeping into all aspects of our lives. And behind that innovation lays some truly great names — some familiar and some less so, as people bring their minds to bear on solving the biggest problems on the planet, or simply making things more fun.

Tech Radar has picked out the people we believe are… 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

Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 17, 2014

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Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 21, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

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