Newsweek | Part human part machine cyborgs are becoming a reality

July 31, 2014

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Newsweek — July 31, 2014 | Michael Carroll

First articulated by British philosopher Max More in 1990, transhumanists generally advocate a post human condition where humanity is replaced by the next stage in evolution — a human machine hybrid.

Some, like futurist writer Ray Kurzweil, imagine uploading human consciousness into a machine so we can live forever within computer systems as networks of information. [...]

Russia Today | Google’s chief engineer: People will soon upload their entire brains to computers

June 20, 2013

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Russia Today — June 20, 2013

There are around 377 million results on Google for the query “Can I live forever?” Ask that question to company’s top engineer, though, and you’re likely to hear an answer that’s much more concise.

Simply put, Google’s Ray Kurzweil says immortality is only a few years away. Digital immortality, at least. Kurzweil, 64, was only brought on to Google late last year, but that hasn’t stopped… read more

Society for Science and the Public | Ray Kurzweil speaks to Intel Science Talent Search 2014 finalists

March 10, 2014

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Society for Science and the Public — March 10, 2014

Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a Science Talent Search 1965 alumnus, spoke to the 40 finalists of the Intel STS 2014 and other invited guests at the annual Alumni Dinner on March 7, 2014.

Today, Dr. Kurzweil serves as the Director of Engineering for Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

He is also a successful author and inventor, and… read more

IT Conversations & Tech Nation | Podcast: Will biotech save us or hurt us? Ray Kurzweil debates Susan Greenfield at BioAgenda Summit 2006

March 28, 2006

IT Conversations & Tech Nation — March 28, 2006 | Moira Gunn

IT Conversations | As part of the recent BioAgenda Summit 2006, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, debates Ray Kurzweil, one of America’s most prolific inventors and a futuristic thinker in his own right.

Their topic? One of the burning questions of our time: Will biotechnology save us? Or hurt us? The answers are nuanced, and they often don’t agree. We’ll find out how… read more

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The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… read more

Jason Silva & Steven Mercado | New Six Epochs of Evolution infographic

March 11, 2012

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Jason Silva & Steven Mercado — March 11, 2012

Directions for viewing | To expand this image to full viewing sizing, click the [+] expand button in the upper, right-hand corner of the thumbnail image to open a larger, overlay image. In the overlay click the upper, right-hand corner again to expand to maximum size.

The new Six Epochs of Evolution image was done in collaboration with artist Steven Mercado, who… read more

Spiegel | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: A simulated brain can learn like a child

December 19, 2012

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Spiegel — December 19, 2012 | Wolfgang Stieler

The futurist Ray Kurzweil is known for his unwavering belief in human progress. In the interview he talks about his latest book, on machines that learn as children, and the hope of eternal life.

Q: Mr. Kurzweil, one of your main theses is that technological progress accelerates continuously. If we are now, for example, but smartphones, then the operating system of these devices is based on Unix, a… read more

Motherboard | Scientists found a genetic switch to reverse aging in neurons

March 7, 2013

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Motherboard — March 7, 2013 | Austin Considine

Another day, another step towards that elusive fountain of youth thanks, this time, to a new study that claims scientists have effectively reversed the effects of aging in neurons. Just last week, a study out of Italy revealed that neurons, specifically mouse neurons, could live much longer than usual when transplanted into a longer-living organism.

Or, as we put it here at Motherboard, that “Brain Cells May Live Longer When… read more

Silicon Valley Mercury News | Google engineer sees technology in human mind’s future

April 4, 2013

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Silicon Valley Mercury News — April 4, 2013 | Lou Fancher

By the time you read these words, the changes inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says are coming, may already have halfway happened.

And by April 13, when the newly appointed director of engineering at online giant Google comes to Cal Performances’ Wheeler Auditorium for his “Strictly Speaking” lecture, he’s likely to be light speed ahead of himself.

The Wall Street Journal has called him “the restless genius” and… read more

Image and Data Manager | Ray Kurzweil keynotes Kodak Global Directions 2013

July 17, 2013

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Image and Data Manager — July 17, 2013

Kurzweil is uniquely qualified to discuss new approaches to information management. He was recently named Director of Engineering at Google and is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventors of our time. PBS honored Kurzweil as one of “16 Revolutionaries Who Made America.”

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer of our industry,” said Dolores Kruchten, President, Document Imaging and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Without his… read more

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