Technology Review | Paul Allen: The Singularity isn’t near

October 12, 2011

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Technology Review — October 12, 2011 | Paul Allen & Mark Greaves

Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter machines will soon outrun all human capabilities. They call this tipping point the singularity, because they believe it is impossible to predict how the human future might unfold after this point.

Once these machines exist, Kurzweil and Vinge claim, they’ll possess… 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

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

The Financial Times | Overtaken by the future

March 8, 2013

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The Financial Times — March 8, 2013 | Leo Robson

Futurology will always be a mug’s game – of course, I could be wrong – but for changing reasons. Imagination used to leave science behind, now it’s the other way around. The columnist and scriptwriter Charlie Brooker recently found to his irritation that a “digital afterlife” idea he had used in his TV series Black Mirror was not as “fanciful” as he had thought.

Having ignored to his… read more

PolicyMic | Ray Kurzweil: Artificial intelligence will save humans from ourselves

April 29, 2013

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PolicyMic — April 29, 2013 | Michael McCutcheon

Ray Kurzweil is a best-selling author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

PolicyMic editor Michael McCutcheon recently spoke with Ray Kurzweil about how technology and artificial intelligence can and should be used to address climate change and save the planet.… read more

New England Cable News | This man is not a cyborg yet

May 31, 2013

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New England Cable News — May 31, 2013 | David Segal

As these videos suggest, scientists are taking tiny, incremental steps toward melding humans and machine all the time.

Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and now Google’s director of engineering, argued in The Singularity Is Near, a 2005 book, that technology is advancing exponentially and that “human life will be irreversibly transformed” to the point that there will be no difference between “human and machine or between physical… read more

That's Really Possible | Transcendence movie features real future predictions

April 16, 2013

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That's Really Possible — April 16, 2013 | Glyn Taylor

Transcendence, a 2014 movie produced by Christopher Nolan, features events which are predicted by many scientists and futurists as likely to occur in reality within the first half of this century. The predictions featured include those subscribed to by Ray Kurzweil, Hugo de Garis, and Jason Silva.

Ray Kurzweil’s predictions: The technological singularity, often called simply the singularity, is most notably predicted by famed futurist Ray… read more

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 24, 2013

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Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

CNN | How TED got famous

March 20, 2014

CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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Money Morning | How Google will dominate the future

November 10, 2014

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Money Morning — November 10, 2014 | Michael A. Robinson

This industry leader has combined Warren Buffett’s business genius with the futurist brain of Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. And there’s nothing but profit ahead for investors.

Kurzweil has pushed the boundaries of innovation for more than five decades. Take a close look at Kurzweil’s work at Google, where he’s a director of engineering.

It’s not well known, but even before Kurzweil’s arrival, the internet search… read more

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