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The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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Source: The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

The Washington Post | MeriTalk tech conference brings public and private sectors together

March 1, 2010

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Source: The Washington Post — March 1, 2010 | Mike Musgrove

To make some sense of technology’s rapid advances, MeriTalk reached for a Big Thinker, the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil:

“Part of my mission here will be to broaden the perspective of these IT directors,” he said. “It’s not just routers and cloud computing. We really are transforming all the things we care about with information technology.”

As areas of study such as health intersect… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Big Think | Our favorite Super Bowl ad — smartphone nerds

February 6, 2012

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Source: Big Think — February 6, 2012 | Daniel Honan

Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called “Phone Innovators” featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil.

“I’m Ray Kurzweil,” the futurist and inventor says in the commercial. “I gave your words a voice,” his phone then says.

ReadWriteWeb | Live drawing at SXSW of Kurzweil’s keynote

March 13, 2012

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Source: ReadWriteWeb — March 13, 2012 | Robyn Tippins

In this keynote, “Expanding Our Intelligence without Limit,” Lev Grossman from Time magazine talks with visionary Ray Kurzweil to hear his thoughts on how the future of AI will affect our thinking and how we might expand our intelligence without limit. [...]

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CNET | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, AI, and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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Source: CNET — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

The inventor and author speaks onstage at the Techonomy conference in Tucson about his new book on human thought and the themes that stem from it.

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil took to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his… read more

Fast Company | Spike Jonze imagines the future of artificial intelligence, mobile design, love, and pants in Her

December 24, 2013

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Source: Fast Company — December 17, 2013 | Teressa Iezzi

Designing the future based on a feeling: To develop the film’s AI entity, Jonze says that he and his team strove less for “scientific” authenticity and focused instead on what worked for the film’s relationship and for what they would want to see in the technology.

The process did start with research. Jonze mentions reading some of the leading thinkers on the evolution of computer consciousness — Kurzweil… read more

Latin Post | Google buys artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for $400 million, is the search engine trying to take over the world?

January 30, 2014

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Source: Latin Post — January 27, 2014 | Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

TechCrunch is also saying that this move is the latest by Google to build up its roster of artificial intelligence companies and experts in order to become dominant in the field.

“If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.… read more

TED | Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

March 19, 2014

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Source: TED — February 2009

TED | Ray Kurzweil‘s latest graphs show that technology’s breakneck advances will only accelerate — recession or not.

He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity. Recorded at TED University 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, CA.

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Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Source: Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.… read more

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