MIT Technology Review | Deep learning

April 23, 2013

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MIT Technology Review — April 23, 2013 | Robert D. Hof

With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn’t looking for a job. A respected inventor who’s become a machine-intelligence futurist, Kurzweil wanted to discuss his upcoming book How to Create a Mind.

He told Page, who had read an early draft,… read more

Forbes | Five reasons humans should never become machines

August 27, 2013

Forbes — August 27, 2013 | Bruce Dorminey

Even so, a prosthetic hippocampus brain implant could in effect offer a way out of Alzheimer’s; since, in theory, it would provide sufferers of such neurological disorders with new ways to encode and retrieve memory. But is such an artificial hippocampus the first step toward radical enhancement?

He says when technologists like Ray Kurzweil talk about our machine futures, Kurzweil imagines that the machines that we… read more

Forward | A rabbi and a futurist trade words of wisdom

November 6, 2015

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Forward — November 4, 2015 | Josh Nathan Kazis

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, the Aleph Society, spoke on stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

They talked about evil and progress, then the audience went upstairs for cocktails. Steinsaltz is a writer on religious principles, Jewish theorist, and a popular university and radio commentator.

Kurzweil is a prolific inventor and writer, known for his predictions about technology, who brought his kids… read more

Time | 2045: The year man becomes immortal

February 10, 2011

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Time — February 10, 2011 | Lev Grossman

By that time Kurzweil was thinking about the Singularity too. He’d been busy since his appearance on I’ve Got a Secret. He’d made several fortunes as an engineer and inventor; he founded and then sold his first software company while he was still at MIT.

He went on to build the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind — Stevie Wonder was customer No. 1 — and… read more

Daily Mail | Now that’s smart technology: Computer teaches another to play Pac-Man and the student bot eventually beats the teacher

April 2, 2014

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Daily Mail — April 2, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths

Computers will soon be able to learn from experience, tell jokes and even flirt, according to Ray Kurzweil, the company’s artificial intelligence expert.

The 66-year-old entrepreneur and futureologist, who predicted the rise of the internet and that a world chess champion would one day be beaten by a computer, has said machines will outsmart their makers by 2029.

In an interview with The Observer, he said, “Myread more

Fortune | Sure, you can hack a network: what about your fitness?

August 3, 2014

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Fortune — August 3, 2014 | Richard Morgan

Read renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil’s 2009 book Transcend, a nine-step mnemonic for living well. For ultra-competitive, mostly male engineers in the technology industry, fitness is the next space for efficiency and one-upsmanship. [...]

Seeking Alpha | The knowledge effect, excess returns of highly innovative companies

May 11, 2015

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Seeking Alpha — May 11, 2015 | Steven Vannelli and Eric Bush

Report by Gavekal Capital. Drug companies spend billions yearly testing new compounds, seeking the right molecular combinations.

Researchers rely on existing  human knowledge and on semiconductors to discover new knowledge. As the performance of semiconductors improves, the rate new discoveries can be uncovered accelerates.

Similarly, as the stock of human knowledge increases, the rate new discoveries can be found accelerates. When the inventory of human knowledge increases and… read more

GigaOM | It’s not Skynet yet: in machine learning there’s still a role for humans

March 20, 2013

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GigaOM — March 20, 2013 | Ki Mae Heussner

If you’ve ever seen any of The Terminator films, you’re familiar with Skynet, the self-aware computing system at odds with humanity. But, even though a perception persists that machines can increasingly solve complex problems and process large amounts of data on their own, machine learning experts say humans still play a very important role.

Human intervention is critical at multiple layers, from choosing the algorithms to apply to… read more

Mother Jones | Who will own our future robot overlords?

May 13, 2013

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Mother Jones — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Drum

Robots! That’s the topic of my latest piece in the current issue of the magazine. I’ve blogged on this subject a fair amount, but this is the first time I’ve tried to put everything together and explain what I really think robotics is likely to mean over the next few decades.

Some of you are going to nod right along, some of you are going to think I’m… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Seeing the tech future, from two different angles

March 6, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — March 6, 2013 | Amir Efrati

Ray Kurzweil and his son, Ethan, are both Silicon Valley futurists — though they have different ways of tackling what they perceive is coming next. Ray Kurzweil, 65 years old, joined Google Inc. in December after spending nearly five decades pioneering everything from machines that can read text aloud to the blind to a music synthesizer that sounds like a real piano.

Among his theories, which aren’t universally accepted… read more

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