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

Daily Tech | Google wins DARPA challenge to produce terminator-like robot

December 27, 2013

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Daily Tech — December 27, 2013 | Jason Mick

Google also has been acquiring talented roboticists in similar fashion. It picked up machine learning expert Professor Geoffrey Hinton, who coinvented the backpropagation and contrastive divergence training algorithms for neural networks.

Ray Kurzweil is among Google’s recent robotics-aimed additions. Ray Kurzweil, a famed proponent of a coming converged of artificial intelligence and humanity, was hired as a “Director of Engineering” at Google. [...]

The Huffington Post | Google, Kurzweil, and the information transformation age

December 20, 2012

The Huffington Post — December 20, 2012 | Nataly Kelly

Last week, Google announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, who will work to solve complex language processing problems, among other things. In an interview last year, Kurzweil pointed out that language processing issues are among the most difficult problems to solve. Kurzweil will join the same company that employs Franz Och, the mastermind behind Google Translate (both were interviewed for my new book, Found in Translation).… read more

TechRadar | Google, Ray Kurzweil developing ambitious intelligent AI search tech

January 15, 2013

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TechRadar — January 15, 2013 | Michael Rougeau

Computers that truly understand language. New Google hire and accomplished inventor Ray Kurzweil recently described his “ambitious” current project at the search giant in an interview with Singularity Hub.

Kurzweil is hoping to leverage Google’s massive pool of resources and data to develop technology that would create truly intelligent computers that can understand human language on a deep level. He said that technology will answer our questions… read more

Tech Radar | Google, Ray Kurzweil developing ambitious intelligent AI search tech

January 15, 2013

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Tech Radar — January 15, 2013 | Michael Rougeau

New Google hire and accomplished inventor Ray Kurzweil recently described his ambitious current project at the search giant.

Kurzweil is hoping to leverage Google’s massive pool of resources and data to develop technology that would create truly intelligent computers that can understand human language on a deep level.

The technology could be used to create hyper-intelligent search engines that answer questions before you even ask them.

His… read more

Forbes | Google’s Engineering Director: 32 years to digital immortality

June 20, 2013

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Forbes — June 20 , 2013 | Peter Cohan

It’s been over six months since December 15 when Google hired Ray Kurzweil as its director of engineering — but today, that hire is drawing huge attention thanks to a 2006 book he wrote about digital immortality.

And BusinessInsider reports that his current role at Google is to help its search technology “understand natural language.” ZDNet speculated that Kurzweil could bring buzz to Google: “Kurzweil gives… read more

Business Insider | Google’s genius futurist uses this zany Asian folktale to explain how technology will rule the future

June 9, 2015

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Business Insider — June 9, 2015 | Drake Bear

Humanity has a problem. It’s linear. Technology, on the other hand, is exponential. Take it from Ray Kurzweil, the bestselling author, futurist, and Google chief engineer.

The tale of the inventor of chess and his patron, the Emperor of China: In response to the emperor’s offer of a reward for his new beloved game, the inventor asked for a single grain of rice on the first square, two on… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Google’s Kurzweil says the machines will think for themselves by 2040, and oh we’ll be immortal

February 10, 2014

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 10, 2014 | Jon Xavier

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil is one of the most accomplished men of our time. Google is trying to bring about technological singularity, creating a true AI smart enough to improve its own source code.

Machines can progress to far-future, science fiction levels of intelligence within our lifetimes. Kurzweil predicts this will happen by 2040.

That’s something Kurzweil’s group is already working on, and if you have… read more

News Corp Australia | Google’s latest company Calico plans to do anti-ageing research

November 27, 2013

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News Corp Australia — November 27, 2013 | Victoria Craw

Now Google bosses have turned their sights on a much more complex subject – the human body. The tech giant has recently embarked on a series of high profile hires for its new venture Calico, a company which wants to extend human life by up to 100 years.

It comes after the company hired Ray Kurzweil as engineering director, the 65-year-old credited with inventing speech recognition technology who… read more

The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 3, 2014

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The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… read more

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