Mobiledia | Movers and shakers: Ray Kurzweil, a restless genius

August 26, 2013

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Mobiledia — August 26, 2013 | Margaret Rock

By all accounts, Ray Kurzweil is a genius, a “restless genius,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Forbes called him the “ultimate thinking machine,” while PBS picked him as one of 16 “Revolutionaries Who Made America” — a list that included legends like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

You know those names every time you flick on a light or jump into a car, but despite… read more

National Post | Why so many cast aside common sense and strive for the seemingly impossible eternal life

August 23, 2013

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National Post — August 23, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld

This modern era is no different, of course, if anything, faith in technology has made the impossible seem possible. That faith is beginning to lend legitimacy to physical immortalists, a still-fringe but growing cast of characters who view death as a curable disease.

Anti-aging researchers at Harvard and other top medical institutions are making strides every day on new drugs and interventions from compounds such as… read more

Mobiledia | Mind versus machine: computers that think like us

August 21, 2013

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Mobiledia — August 21, 2013 | Kat Ascharya

IBM has long experimented with cognitive computing, having first created Watson and now neural-synaptic chips. But rivals like Google are getting into the game, as well, hiring inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil last year as a director of engineering.

Kurzweil, who invented the flatbed scanner and commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, is known as one of technology’s foremost proponents of artificial intelligence. He believes machines can, and will,… read more

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 Wall Street Journal | Inventing with an eye on the future

August 21, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — August 21, 2013 | Caitlin Huston

Even with an exceptional idea, budding entrepreneurs can struggle to move past the brainstorming stages. They face challenges in execution like building a cohesive team, coming up with a business plan and even understanding how to present their product or service.

This week mentors on WSJ Startup of the Year, a documentary on WSJ.com, offered some words of inspiration for all entrepreneurs. Here’s what some science… read more

The Wall Street Journal: Startup of the Year | Ray Kurzweil mentor — new videos

August 20, 2013

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Introducing WSJ Startup of the Year

Introducing WSJ Startup of the Year, a video series created by The Journal’s news department focusing on entrepreneurship. We introduce the business, tech and entertainment titans who will coach 24 startup CEOs who aspire to be named Startup of… read more

The Conversation | The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

August 20, 2013

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The Conversation — August 20, 2013 | Kathleen Richardson

Ray Kurzweil is another case in point. In books such as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil is forever predicting that we will merge with machines and be able to upload our “complete” consciousness into machines. This idea is emerging as the next big challenge in robotics but it could equally be viewed as a basic feature of human cultural existence.

I’m “uploading”… read more

The Energy Collective | Irreversible trends spur consumer energy independence

August 20, 2013

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The Energy Collective — August 20, 2013 | Steven Collier

A number of experts believe that Moore’s law is just a special case of a more profound principle stated by Theodore Wright in a 1936 paper, “Facts Affecting Costs of Airplanes.” Ray Kurzweil more recently restated Wright’s Law, as it came to be known, as “The Law of Accelerating Returns.”

They assert that “practice makes perfect” and there are “economies of production.” The power and economics… read more

The Las Vegas Guardian Express | Immortality the death of Alzheimer’s and cancer

August 19, 2013

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The Las Vegas Guardian Express — August 19, 2013 | Iam Bloom

There are other scientists, like Ray Kurzweil, founder of Singularity University, who believe human immortality will come not from our biology, but from our technology.

Singularity University, in partnership with groups like Google, are trying to push and accelerate the boundaries of artificial intelligence. The group believes that eventually machines will not only gain intelligence, but rocket far beyond what humans are capable of being. They… read more

Forbes | 70,000+ have played Eyewire game that trains computers to map the brain

August 19, 2013

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Forbes — August 19, 2013 | Aaron Frank

Today our technology improves at the speed of Moore’s Law, and those who study that exponential growth, like Ray Kurzweil, contend that we will not only map the brain in our lifetime, but are only a decade away from doing so.

Such ambitious claims are certain to give a neuroscientist the same knee jerk reaction that life scientists had when similar early claims were made about sequencing… read more

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