Pacific Standard | Silicon Valley thinks it should live forever

August 21, 2013

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Pacific Standard — August 21, 2013 | Ryan O'Hanlon

The average lifespan of an American human being is currently 79 years. But there is a group of men who think that number is too low because that number is not “infinity.” In the latest display of human ignorance toward the planet we inhabit, a bunch of Silicon Valley techno-dudes want to live forever.

Under Brin’s aegis, Google has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to… read more

The New York Times | Silicon Valley sharknado

July 8, 2014

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The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.

Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to

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BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 24, 2014

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BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

Forbes | Should we fear the rise of the robots?

May 4, 2013

Forbes — May 4, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in the Terminator, it is the moment when computers take over, but… read more

Newsweek | Should we be afraid of robots?

February 8, 2015

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Newsweek — February 8, 2015 | Kevin Maney

Elon Musk wants us to start talking about what we do with artificial intelligence. To that end, he’s donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to study ways to make sure AI is beneficial to humanity.

Google has set up an ethics board to keep an eye on its AI work. Futurist Ray Kurzweil writes, “We have a moral imperative to realize AIs promise while controlling the… read more

The Huffington Post | Seven top futurists make some pretty surprising predictions about what the next decade will bring

May 12, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 12, 2015 | Jacqueline Howard

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology.

What amazing advances are we likely to see in the next 10 years? Seven top futurists gave us surprising predictions.

1. Michio Kaku, PhD
2. Ray Kurzweil
3. Anne Lise Kjaer
4. James Canton, PhD
5. Jason Silva
6. Amy… 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

Alex Barnett Blog | Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 Singularity session inspired by Kurzweil

November 16, 2006

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Alex Barnett Blog — November, 2006 | Alex Barnett

I love Mind Camp. When I’m asked what Mind Camp is I answer that it is whatever you want to make it. (more on the unconference format here).

When I arrived on Saturday morning I browsed the sessions that other attendees had proposed and there were a number that I wanted to attend.

I popped out to get a coffee from Starbucks and on the… read more

The Times | Search engines will be able to flirt with users by 2029

June 14, 2014

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The Times — June 14, 2014 | Hannah Devlin

Speaking at the Exponential Finance conference this week, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said: “Computers will be at human levels, such that you can have an emotional relationship with them, 15 years from now.” Her was a realistic portrayal of how humans and computers might interact in the future, he said.

The comments suggest that Google, working on a natural language search engine that would allow users to type in questions conversationally and get meaningful responses,… read more

Motherboard | Scientists found a genetic switch to reverse aging in neurons

March 7, 2013

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Motherboard — March 7, 2013 | Austin Considine

Another day, another step towards that elusive fountain of youth thanks, this time, to a new study that claims scientists have effectively reversed the effects of aging in neurons. Just last week, a study out of Italy revealed that neurons, specifically mouse neurons, could live much longer than usual when transplanted into a longer-living organism.

Or, as we put it here at Motherboard, that “Brain Cells May Live Longer When… read more

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