El Mundo | In 2030 can we externally connect the brain to make it more powerful?

January 11, 2014

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El Mundo — January 11, 2014 | Eduardo Suarez

Kurzweil just released in Spain How to Create a Mind (Lola Books, 2013). A work setting out his theory of the brain that explains how we could recreate its secrets with the help of a computer.

His words are a window into a future in which the boundaries between life and death and our brains (which will be more powerful with the help of a computer) will blur.… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 10, 2014

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Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 8, 2014

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Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 8, 2014

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Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

GlobeNewswire | Wall Street Journal CIO Network assembles leading CIOs and CTOs to address most pressing global technology and innovation challenges

January 7, 2014

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GlobeNewswire — January 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal will again convene leading chief information and technology officers for the second annual meeting of its CIO Network. The meeting will take place February 3-4 in San Diego to decide action plans for addressing the most pressing technology and innovation challenges facing corporations today.

During the opening session, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google Inc. and chairman, founder, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies,… read more

Yahoo | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s mastermind director of engineering

January 3, 2014

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Yahoo — January 3, 2014 | Elliot Feldman

Some have compared his impact on the world of modern technology to Thomas Edison’s impact on his time and beyond.

Kurzweil had a life-changing meeting with Larry Page where he discussed his “dream” of building an artificially intelligent computer.

Page replied, “Why don’t you do it here?” Kurzweil accepted the new position, stating, “You’ve got around a billion people who use Google. If I can contribute… read more

Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

December 31, 2013

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Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

The New Zealand Herald | A taste of what’s to come from smartphones

December 28, 2013

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The New Zealand Herald — December 28, 2013 | Rhodri Marsden

Few of us can conceive of the pace with which technological power is developing.

Ray Kurzweil (author, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google) predicts that by 2025 we’ll have a computer which has the processing power of the human brain, and by 2045 it’ll have the processing power of six billion brains — i.e., everyone on the planet. [...]

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. [...]

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 24, 2013

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Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

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