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.

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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

Celebrity Gossip | Transcendence trailer has arrived, watch here

December 19, 2013

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Celebrity Gossip — December 19, 2013

Thanks to futurists like Ray Kurzweil, the technology of artificial intelligence is closer than ever to completion, and Transcendence takes things to the next level. The forthcoming film features an all-star cast.

Transcendence just released an initial teaser trailer ahead of the April 18th, 2014 theatrical street date, and it’s mysterious to say the least. [...]

CNN | Google touts Android TV, smartwatches and cars

June 25, 2014

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CNN — June 25, 2014 | James O'Toole

Google’s Android software is about to make the leap. The tech giant unveiled a new watch, as well as ways for Android to be used for television and cars at its annual I/O conference for software developers.

In addition to the product focused events, this year’s gathering includes a futuristic lecture from Ray Kurzweil, the sci-fi author and inventor who heads Google’s machine intelligence efforts. [...]

Forbes | The SAP Future Series

October 7, 2015

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Forbes — June 10, 2015 | Dan Wellers

Processor speed, data storage, bandwidth, connected devices and sensors are leaping ahead exponentially. That’s how it is with digital technologies.

Ray Kurzweil predicted progress in this century could be of equal magnitude to all progress over the last 200 centuries. The fundamental driver behind this is the relentless digitization of everything.

That’s because once something is digitized it can be copied infinitely, perfectly every time, and made immediately available to… read more

Variety | Sony suspends ‘Singularity’ for revisions — Ray Kurzweil, singularity expert, will help with script

November 10, 2011

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Variety — November 10, 2011 | Jeff Sneider, Justin Kroll

Sony has suspended pre-production on Roland Emmerich’s $175 million sci-fi epic “Singularity,” canceling several scheduled screen tests to give Emmerich time to develop the screenplay with co-writer Harald Kloser.… read more

Long Now Foundation | How hard should the Turing test be?

July 29, 2014

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Long Now Foundation — July 29, 2014 | Austin Brown

Within the world of Long Now’s Long Bets, $20,000 is on the line. Mitch Kapor predicted in 02002 that “By 2029 no computer — or machine intelligence — will have passed the Turing test.”

Ray Kurzweil, who popularized the Turing test in his books, countered that reverse-engineering of the human brain will allow computer programs that can think like a human, and that research is accelerating.

The… read more

Svenska Dagbladet | We will be more fun, sexier and more creative

January 4, 2016

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Svenska Dagbladet — December 19, 2015 | Jan Soderqvist

Futurist Ray Kurzweil deals with questions about health and aging. He maintains that people in the future will become immortal and could be frozen in cryonics, anticipating an age of advances in medical research.

Within 30 years, machines will be smarter than humans and have power over society, says Kurzweil, renowned inventor and author. He sees an immensely bright future. He predicts:

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Ray Kurzweil Q&A with Darwin Magazine

December 3, 2001 by Ray Kurzweil

Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more

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