Business Insider • Tech Insider  | How a pianist became the world’s most famous futurist

March 30, 2016

Business Insider • Tech Insider  — March 19, 2016 | Sean Kane

Today computer science pioneer Ray Kurzweil is known for promoting the technological singularity, a point in time when artificial intelligence becomes powerful enough to program better versions of itself.

If it happens such an explosion of digital intelligence will quickly surpass human comprehension and either lead to a Terminator-esque apocalypse or fuse with the human brain, bringing our species to new intellectual heights.

Kurzweil has led a peculiar… read more

The Observer | 20 predictions for the next 25 years

January 2, 2011


The Observer — January 2, 2011 | Richard Jones

[...] Some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, predict that nanotechnology will lead to a revolution, allowing us to make any kind of product for virtually nothing; to have computers so powerful that they will surpass human intelligence; and to lead to a new kind of medicine on a sub-cellular level that will allow us to abolish ageing and death.

I don’t think that Kurzweil’s “technological singularity” — a dream… read more

LiveScience | Solar power to rule in 20 years, futurists say

February 19, 2008

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LiveScience — February 19, 2008 | Robin Lloyd

[...] Ray Kurzweil is part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth’s people in 20 years. There is 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as the field of solar energy is going to… read more

io9 | Can Ray Kurzweil’s rosy predictions stand up to fact-checking?

June 1, 2009

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io9 — June 1, 2009 | Charlie Jane Anders

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible… One of Kurzweil’s arguments in his defense: he predicted the Internet would “take off” in the late 1980s, when few people believed that.

(Actually, a lot of college campuses and even some high schools were actively on the net in the late 1980s, and you already had networks of FTP sites and Gophers and so on.) On the… read more

Montecito Journal | Ray Kurzweil: the ultimate thinking machine

March 1, 2012

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Montecito Journal — March 1, 2012 | James Buckley

He is a visionary, an inventor (the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first music synthesizer that could recreate the keys of a grand piano), an entrepreneur, and has been described as a “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal. He is also a New York Times best-selling author.

Ray has been credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet… read more

We Blog the World | Ray Kurzweil on ethics & natural language processing

October 5, 2012

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We Blog the World — October 5, 2012 | Renee Blodgett

There was an odd but interesting combination of fireside chats at DEMO Fall this year: Ray Kurzweil and Ev Williams both took the stage over the course of the 2.5 day event in Santa Clara, CA.

Says Ray in a response to the question of why natural language processing has taken so long to advance: You have to take a hierarchical approach just like human language —… read more

All Things D | Talking Brains and immortality with Ray Kurzweil and Juan Enriquez

December 4, 2012

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All Things D — December 4, 2012 | Arik Hesseldahl

Kurzweil’s talk, which took place before our “Fireside Chat” that was announced as a surprise final event of the day’s proceedings, amounted to his first public appearance in connection with the publication of his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.”

Naturally, it builds a bit on his previous book, “The Singularity Is Near,” in which he argues that… read more

Forbes | The world in 2033: Big thinkers and futurists share their thoughts

February 4, 2013

Forbes — February 4, 2013 | Todd Wilms

On technology: Ray Kurzweil,“20 years from now, biotechnology — reprogramming biology as an information process — will be in a mature phase. We will routinely turn off genes that promote disease and aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be able to add genes that protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

“Major killers… read more

Push Square | Could Singularity be Quantic Dream’s first PS4 game?

January 22, 2013

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Push Square — January 22, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is currently applying the finishing touches to its upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls — but the studio may also be working on a PlayStation 4 title.

Seasoned online snoop Superannuation has uncovered a domain name for, which was registered by the Parisian outfit in mid-November.

The name, as Superannuation notes, is curious, as David Cage recently cited … read more

Wired | On the exponential curve inside Singularity University

May 6, 2013

Wired — May 6, 2013 | David Rowan

It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singuarity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according to prolific inventor and author Ray Kurzweil) sometime around 2045. Still, the official welcome at Singularity University’s (SU) opening executive-programme class this fresh December afternoon in Nasa’s Ames research campus, at Moffett Federal Airfield, California, is delivered, appropriately, by a 60cm-tall NAO… read more

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