H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

CNET | Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 20, 2014

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CNET — June 20, 2014 | Eric Mack

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and… read more

Live Science | How real life AI rivals Chappie, robots get emotional

March 17, 2015

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Live Science — March 17, 2015 | Michael Dhar

In film Chappie, the robot becomes the first droid to experience emotion, sowing chaos and initiating a fight for its own survival.

Famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts sentient machines by 2029, gives emotional intelligence an important place in that development.

Once robots understand natural language, Kurzweil told Wired, they can be considered conscious.

Others say work on emotion in AI will inevitably lead to feeling machines.… read more

Business Insider | Google’s genius futurist uses this zany Asian folktale to explain how technology will rule the future

June 9, 2015

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Business Insider — June 9, 2015 | Drake Bear

Humanity has a problem. It’s linear. Technology, on the other hand, is exponential. Take it from Ray Kurzweil, the bestselling author, futurist, and Google chief engineer.

The tale of the inventor of chess and his patron, the Emperor of China: In response to the emperor’s offer of a reward for his new beloved game, the inventor asked for a single grain of rice on the first square, two on… read more

Forbes | The Kurzweilian logic of exponential growth in the interconnected era

October 1, 2015

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Forbes — September 30, 2015 | Dan Woods

A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into 4 broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing today in the interconnected era. What are the rules of this era? Are any patterns emerging? What skills will be needed? What infrastructure is required?

I suggest turning to futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil for guidance about how this plays out, who will win, and… read more

CNET News | Tech Pioneer Kurzweil Sees Grand Digital Future

June 29, 2000


CNET News — June 29, 2000 | Stephen Shankland

Kurzweil predicted a future in which human brains will be teeming with robots that can augment intelligence and transport people into virtual reality realms or enable people to back up their own childhood memories.

Alex Barnett Blog | Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 Singularity session inspired by Kurzweil

November 16, 2006

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Alex Barnett Blog — November, 2006 | Alex Barnett

I love Mind Camp. When I’m asked what Mind Camp is I answer that it is whatever you want to make it. (more on the unconference format here).

When I arrived on Saturday morning I browsed the sessions that other attendees had proposed and there were a number that I wanted to attend.

I popped out to get a coffee from Starbucks and on the… read more

Rough Type | The avatar of my father

February 16, 2009

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Rough Type — February 16, 2009 | Nicholas Carr

HORATIO: O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.”  The Singularity — the prophesied moment when artificial intelligence leaps ahead of human intelligence, rendering man both obsolete and immortal — has been jokingly called “the rapture of the geeks.” But to Ray Kurzweil, the most famous of the Singularitarians, it’s no joke. In a profile in the current issue of Rolling Stone (not available online), Kurzweil describes how, in the… read more

Vision | And they all lived technologically ever after

May 2, 2007

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Vision — Spring 2007 issue | David F. Lloyd

American inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil submits that humans are on the brink of transcending their biology. He reminds his readers that in his 1998 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, he was already envisioning the nature of human life “past the point when machine and human cognition blurred.”

With great emphasis, he notes in his latest book that when experts from various disciplines estimate where we will be… read more

The Huffington Post | Best Buy Super Bowl commercial — ad stars tech inventors

February 6, 2012

The Huffington Post — February 6, 2012

Best Buy went above any beyond with its Super Bowl commercial, including a wide range of inventors who created so many of the technological devices that are part of our daily lives. They had camera phone inventor Philippe Kahn, text-to-voice creator Ray Kurzwell, all the way to the pioneers to created Words With Friends… and they even spoofed Alec Baldwin’s airplane incident. [...]

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