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Money Morning | How Google will dominate the future

November 21, 2014

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Source: Money Morning — November 10, 2014 | Michael A. Robinson

This industry leader has combined Warren Buffett’s business genius with the futurist brain of Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. And there’s nothing but profit ahead for investors.

Kurzweil has pushed the boundaries of innovation for more than five decades. Take a close look at Kurzweil’s work at Google, where he’s a director of engineering.

It’s not well known, but even before Kurzweil’s arrival, the internet search… read more

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

July 29, 2014

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Source: 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

The Verge | How Larry Page and the Knowledge Graph helped Ray Kurzweil decide to join Google

March 20, 2013

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Source: The Verge — March 20, 2013 | Nathan Ingraham

It’s been a few months since noted author, futurist and AI guru Ray Kurzweil joined Google, and Singularity Hub has interviewed him to catch up on how his machine learning projects are going thus far.

While Kurzweil said his projects haven’t progressed too far at this point, he did reveal some details on how he ended up at Google in the first place.

Following the release of How To Createread more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

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

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