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Santa Barbara Independent | Men must merge with machines: an interview with inventor and futurist Raymond Kurzweil

March 3, 2012

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Source: Santa Barbara Independent — March 3, 2012 | Lynda Weinman

Some have called inventor, author, and future-thinker Raymond Kurzweil the Thomas Edison of the 21st century, and rightly so. The National Inventor Hall of Fame inductee began his career making technology that helped blind people read — Stevie Wonder, in fact, is a good friend because of this — and then went on to pen books about computer science, nutrition, spirituality, and the merging of men with… read more

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

October 5, 2012

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Source: 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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Source: 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

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Source: 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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Source: 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 SingularityPS4.com, 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

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Source: 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

The Mercury News | Elevator Pitch: Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Ventures

June 18, 2013

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Source: The Mercury News — June 18, 2013 | Peter Delevett

It’s Father’s Day, so in this week’s edition of “Elevator Pitch,” we’re chatting with Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil was just 28 when he broke into venture capital five years ago, and he’s since led the venerable firm’s investments in such high-profile startups as Playdom, Twitch.tv, Reputation.com and Piazza.

His father, Ray, was also an early bloomer. As a high schooler in the… read more

The Energy Collective | Irreversible trends spur consumer energy independence

August 25, 2013

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Source: 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 Washington Post | Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

January 16, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — January 16, 2014 | Dominic Basulto

Ray Kurzweil has been quick to point out the remarkable growth that’s possible with solar technology. According to Kurzweil’s calculations, we can expect to be energy independent within the next 20 years.

In his 2012 book Abundance — endorsed by Kurzweil — entrepreneur Peter Diamandis makes the most eloquent case for why the sun is such an important player in any future scenarios of energy self-sufficiency. [...]

Forbes | Why the future of technology is all too human

February 25, 2014

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2014 | Greg Satell

When Ray Kurzweil published The Age Of Spiritual Machines in 1999, he predicted a new era of thinking machines that will meet and then exceed human intelligence.

Today, it appears we are entering a new industrial revolution. In The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil illustrated the point in a cartoon with some posters on the wall showing what computers can’t do and others on the floor representing limits that… read more

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