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Wired | How Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain

April 25, 2013

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Source: Wired — April 25, 2013 | Steven Levy

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year. Nonetheless, the hiring raised some eyebrows, since Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proselytizer of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being.

Add to this Google’s revelation that it is… read more

Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Source: Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

Forbes | How technology changes the skills we need to learn

September 30, 2013

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Source: 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. [...]

CNN | How TED got famous

March 21, 2014

Source: CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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The Seattle Times | How to Create a Mind: the astonishing organization of the human brain

January 20, 2013

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Source: The Seattle Times — January 20, 2013 | Drew DeSilver

Any book that promises on the cover to reveal “the secret of human thought” is setting the bar pretty high. But if anyone could be expected to pull it off, it’s inventor/futurist/Big Thinker Kurzweil, who’s been ruminating about the possibilities of human/computer convergence for more than 20 years now.

Kurzweil’s new book continues and expands on many of the themes he’s written about in earlier works… read more

The Futurist | How to make a mind

February 15, 2013

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Source: The Futurist — February 15, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

Can nonbiological brains have real minds of their own? In this article, drawn from his latest book, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the future of intelligence — artificial and otherwise.

“The mammalian brain has a distinct aptitude not found in any other class of animal. We are capable of hierarchical thinking, of understanding a structure composed of diverse elements arranged in a pattern, representing that arrangement with a symbol,… read more

Newsweek | I, Robot

May 16, 2009

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Source: Newsweek — May 16, 2009 | Daniel Lyons

Ray Kurzweil’s wildest dream is to be turned into a cyborg — a flesh-and-blood human enhanced with tiny embedded computers, a man-machine hybrid with billions of microscopic nanobots coursing through his bloodstream.… read more

TechCrunch | Identified looks to solve social media’s dirty data problem for recruiters with help from former LinkedIn data gurus

May 8, 2013

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Source: TechCrunch — May 8, 2013 | Rip Empson

In other words, knowing that someone wrote “Analyst” as their job title on Facebook might not be of much help when making predictions about their ideal professional career. However, by considering complementary and related data, like their education, company and friend, SYMAN can infer that the person is in fact a “Systems Analyst” at Cloudera.

Comparing biographical, professional and educational data against the career path of… read more

Forbes | If Ray Kurzweil lives forever, should Medicare pay for his healthcare?

April 15, 2013

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Source: Forbes — April 15, 2013 | Chris Conover

Ray Kurzweil plans to live forever. All power to him. Mr. Kurzweil’s contributions to mankind arguably have been so extraordinary that perhaps we owe it to him to provide him medical care in perpetuity.

Alternatively, perhaps he never plans to retire and/or has amassed a portfolio easily capable of supporting him in perpetuity unassisted by either Social Security or Medicare. In that case, no obvious public policy issues… read more

Igloo Animations | What is singularity in one minute with Ray Kurzweil

March 25, 2014

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Igloo Animations | This audio is taken from documentary film Transcendent Man. Igloo cut the audio to explain what the technological singularity is, in one minute.

Igloo Animations creates multimedia content. Established by director Trevor Courtney, Igloo is an award-winning animation studio and created Gimme the Short Version, which makes complex topics easy to digest, presents information clearly and simply and informs with bite-size visual chunks.

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