Gold Seek | Who rules, information technology

October 27, 2014

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Gold Seek — October 27, 2014 | George Smith

Kurzweil says exponential growth itself is growing exponentially and applies to a wide range of technologies, from electronic to biological.

He estimates a cubic inch of nanotube circuitry would be up to 100 million times more powerful than the human brain.

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Automobile | The arrival of autonomous cars examined

June 22, 2015

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Automobile — June 22, 2015 | Mike Floyd

Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor, futurist, and Google’s director of engineering, said in a speech at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress that self-driving cars are a given in the near future.

He says soon an inexpensive computer will be able to outperform a human at driving.

Google has enough brainiacs like Kurzweil to pull off its vision of a drone-like conveyance with no steering wheel,… read more

Associated Press | Amazon’s delivery drones an idea that may not fly

December 3, 2013

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Associated Press — December 3, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz

Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.”

“Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Google’s Ray Kurzweil envisions new era of search

February 4, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 4, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

Within five to eight years, search engines will start to appear much more human-like, according to Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil.

They will respond to long and complex questions, understand the meaning of the documents that they are searching, and be on the look-out for information they think might be useful to people. [...]

Wired | AI systems will prove useful long before they become self aware

August 15, 2014

Wired — August 15, 2014 | Tephen F. De Angelis

Ray Kurzweil, a leading proponent of the search for a sentient computer system notes, “IBM’s Watson is not quite at human levels in its ability to understand human language.

“If it were, we would be at the Turing test level now. Yet it was able to defeat the best humans in the game show Jeopardy! This is because of the inherent speed and reliability of memory that computers… read more

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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Forbes | In defense of small data

March 30, 2012

Forbes — March 30, 2012 | Bruce Upbin

The very term Big Data implies that quantity is paramount, and some people speak as if they expect accelerating returns. If my database grows 100X bigger then I can mine insights that are 100X or even 300X bigger, right?  Wrong! In my experience, more of the same type of data provides only modest & incremental insights, not a quantum leap. [...]

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.”

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ZDNet | Computing experts call for repeal of copyrightable API decision

November 10, 2014

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ZDNet — November 10, 2014 | Chris Duckett

Signed by Ken Thompson, Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Schneier, Guido van Rossum, Ray Kurzweil, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, and Andrew Tridgell, among others, the petition filed with the US Supreme Court said that the May ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court that granted Oracle copyright protection over certain parts of Java is widely regarded as both insupportable and dangerous. [...]

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