The Independent | Spike Jonze’s film Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with his computer but could it be more than science fiction?

February 13, 2014

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The Independent — February 13, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden

However, technology is moving faster than we might imagine. But Her is different; it depicts mutual love between man and machine that, for some reason, feels multi-faceted, amorous and profound. Just like the real thing.

Voice synthesis and voice recognition will improve markedly; conversing with computers will feel normal. According to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, backing up our minds to disk or to the cloud will… read more

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 26, 2014

Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

The Telegraph | Welcome to the university of the future

August 24, 2014

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The Telegraph — August 24, 2014 | Josie Ensor

Singularity University gets its name from the theory of singularity — written about by its co-founder Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist — the inevitable moment when machines will surpass human intelligence

Its faculty is unparalleled. One of the partners, Ray Kurzweil, is a computer scientist, futurist, chief engineer at Google and author of a book on artificial intelligence called The Singularity Is Near. [...]

Q Daily | Human score 1 vs. Alpha Go score 4 — lost to artificial intelligence

March 20, 2016

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Q Daily — March 15, 2016 | Maruo Fei Cuiqi Wen

After a week of the man vs. machine tournament of go, the reigning world go champion Lee Sedol faced off for the final match against the artificial intelligence system called Alpha Go. Lee Sedol only scored a total of 1:4 — losing to Google’s AI algorithm Alpha Go.

Another artificial intelligence called Deep Blue, built by IBM, was used 20 years ago to beat the world’s chess champion, spelling the… read more

Voice of America | Inventing the Future

June 24, 2009

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Voice of America — Jun 24, 2009 | Erin Brummett

Welcome to T2A Chat as we meet one of the world’s leading inventors, Ray Kurzweil. He was principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray joins us from Boston, Massachusetts.… read more

The Huffington Post | Ray Kurzweil on translation technology

June 13, 2011

The Huffington Post — June 13, 2011 | Nataly Kelly

Will advances in translation technology ever enable us to live in a society free of language barriers? I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with the well-known inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil to ask him this and other questions about his views on the future of translation.

According to Kurzweil, machines will reach human levels of translation quality by the year 2029. However, he… read more

Forbes | Paul Allen says that the Singularity is far, far away

October 14, 2011

Forbes — October 14, 2011 | Alex Knapp

Don’t get me wrong — I think that there’s a lot of absolutely fascinating scientific and technological work being done. I’ve no doubt that computers are going to become more tightly integrated in our lives, and I personally believe that as computers get more sophisticated, they’ll enable an incredible unleashing of human creativity. But I think we’re a long way off from from computers that can do… read more

Flip the Media | Ray Kurzweil brings the Singularity to SXSW

March 13, 2012

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Flip the Media — March 13, 2012 | Joe Pavey

On Monday afternoon author and inventor Ray Kurzweil took the stage at SXSW for an interview session with frequent Time magazine contributor Lev Grossman.

Kurzweil, somewhat of a controversial figure in the tech community, was there to discuss his radically optimistic views on technology, human consciousness, and evolution.

The session began with Kurzweil delivering a short slide presentation about his predictions on how technology will impact… read more

New Scientist | Will we ever understand how our brains work?

November 9, 2012

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New Scientist — November 9, 2012 | Laura Spinney

Several projects are trying to reverse-engineer the brain. In How to Create a Mind, futurist Ray Kurzweil champions their cause.

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure its mind-blowing complexity. Others are starting to question that notion, and to subtly redefine the task. In How to Create aread more

Fast Company | Ray Kurzweil now on the job at Google

December 17, 2012

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Fast Company — December 17, 2012 | Neal Ungerleider

The search giant welcomes a Singularity evangelist. He will work on unspecified machine-learning and language-processing projects.

Ray Kurzweil is best known these days as the world’s foremost Singularity evangelist and as a prophet of a whizbang, techno-utopian future. However, Kurzweil first came to tech fame as a machine-learning guru whose groundbreaking work on voice recognition and optical character recognition changed computing and laid the groundwork for everything from Siri to… read more

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