Style | It’s Her party: Spike Jonze rolls out his latest

December 17, 2013

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Style — December 17, 2013 | Lauren Goodman

Her is the first film Jonze has written himself, and it’s stunning. Set in a future Los Angeles, there was much chatter about artificial intelligence afterward in the Q&A, which Larry Ellison moderated.

Jonze mentioned Ray Kurzweil, the futurist who works at Google and who Mike Mills also cited when I interviewed him last week for Nowness, about a film he made about the future for SFMOMA. [...]

Film | Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes Spike Jonze’s Her could be a reality by 2029

February 19, 2014

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Film — February 19, 2014 | Angie Han

If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like AI could be available as early as 2029.

Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020. [...]

The Vancouver Sun | Album of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

May 27, 2014

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The Vancouver Sun — May 27, 2014 | Francois Marchand

The track climaxes in club-worthy apotheosis and leads directly into the fantastic titular number “Do It Again,” a bombastic anthem where Robyn sings, “Don’t care what they say. It hurts so good.”

This is where the symbiosis between Royksopp and Robyn conjures the idea that Ray Kurzweil’s singularity is really upon us. [...]

New York Times | Beyond human

October 23, 2005

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New York Times — October 23, 2005 | Christopher Caldwell

Many of the fans milling into this year’s postseason baseball games have been wearing authentic major league uniforms, with GUERRERO, say, or OSWALT, stitched on the back. True, society has traditionally encouraged kids to fantasize about what they’ll be as adults. But most of the people I’ve seen in $200 regulation shirts are adults. What they’re fantasizing about is an alternative adult identity for themselves.

Why do they… read more

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

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