Wired | Kurzweil’s future coming fast

April 25, 2001

Wired — April 25, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

There are those who eagerly await things such as Apple’s OS X or the latest build of Linux or whatever twist Microsoft has in store for its windowed world. And then there are others whose interest in operating systems runs on a longer clock.

Take Raymond Kurzweil. His life and work revolves around a singularly significant launch he expects within the next 20 to 30 years:… read more

The McKinsey Quarterly | IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil

January 1, 2011

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The McKinsey Quarterly — January 1, 2011 | Lars Föyen

The inventor, businessman, and author explains how the exponential growth of technologies will transform industries and pose new opportunities  and hurdles for business and society.

Every executive recognizes the fast pace of technological development but grapples with the billion-dollar question: what happens next, and when? Ray Kurzweil has precise answers based on his thesis that information technology will continue to develop exponentially, leading to a not-so-distant future when… read more

Maximum PC | The Singularity: Five technologies that will change the world (and one that won’t)

June 21, 2011

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Maximum PC — June 21, 2011 | David Gerrold

In math, a singularity is a point where a function demonstrates extreme behavior. The Singularity, as defined by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, will occur with the technological creation of superintelligence.

Such a world may be impossible to predict because us poor present-day humans are unable to comprehend what superintelligent entities will want or how they’ll behave to achieve their goals. [...]

Technology Review | Kurzweil responds: Don’t underestimate the Singularity

October 19, 2011

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Technology Review — October 19, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Last week, Paul Allen and a colleague challenged the prediction that computers will soon exceed human intelligence. Now Ray Kurzweil, the leading proponent of the “Singularity,” offers a rebuttal.

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he has not actually read the book. His only citation is to an… read more

CNN | Futurist says we’ll someday accept computers as human

March 13, 2012

CNN — March 13, 2012 | Brandon Griggs

Any author or filmmaker seeking ideas for a sci-fi yarn about the implications of artificial intelligence — good or bad — would be smart to talk to Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil, the acclaimed inventor and futurist, believes that humans and technology are blurring — note the smartphone appendages in almost everyone’s hand — and will eventually merge.

“We are a human-machine civilization. Everybody has been enhanced… read more

Singularity Hub | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: new book How to Create a Mind November 13

October 11, 2012

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Singularity Hub — October 11, 2012 | Keith Kleiner

Kurzweil’s book on how to create a mind is sure to bring some new spin, as well as plenty of debate to a highly controversial topic. Many claim that the human brain is too complex and too mysterious to be understood or replicated within our lifetimes, if ever.

Others (many who regularly read this site!) on the other hand, recognize that technologies such as Siri and… read more

Coast to Coast AM | Mind-machine

February 24, 2013

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Coast to Coast AM — February 24, 2013

In the first half, George Knapp welcomed futurist Ray Kurzweil for a discussion on the merging of man and machine as well as his research into reverse engineering the human brain to understand precisely how it works. According to Kurzweil’s estimate, the brain consists of 300 million “pattern recognizers” which assign these trends into hierarchies.

This hierarchy ranges from simple patterns like shapes and sounds, at the low… read more

Viking & Penguin | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed now available in paperback

August 27, 2013

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Viking & Penguin — August 27, 2013

Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil unravels the mysteries of human thinking to provide a roadmap to superhuman intelligence in The New York Times best-selling book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

Penguin Books, paperback on-sale date August 27, 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-14-312404-7 | $17.00.

The paperback edition is now available at: Penguin Books,read more

El Mundo | In 2030 can we externally connect the brain to make it more powerful?

January 11, 2014

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El Mundo — January 11, 2014 | Eduardo Suarez

Kurzweil just released in Spain How to Create a Mind (Lola Books, 2013). A work setting out his theory of the brain that explains how we could recreate its secrets with the help of a computer.

His words are a window into a future in which the boundaries between life and death and our brains (which will be more powerful with the help of a computer) will blur.… read more

The Vancouver Sun | Simon Fraser University Community Summit brings together world leaders and the folks next door to talk innovation

September 17, 2014

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The Vancouver Sun — September 17, 2014 | Shawn Conner

The Simon Fraser University Community Summit is bringing in two well known big thinkers: CBC host and author Amanda Lang will moderate an evening with Ray Kurzweil and Richard Florida.

One of Google’s chief engineers, Kurzweil will likely address the idea of transhumanism — where people and computers combine to make a greater whole. Well-known urban theorist Florida, who has written about cultural and technological innovation, will discuss… read more

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