Wired | AI systems will prove useful long before they become self aware

August 15, 2014

Wired — August 15, 2014 | Tephen F. De Angelis

Ray Kurzweil, a leading proponent of the search for a sentient computer system notes, “IBM’s Watson is not quite at human levels in its ability to understand human language.

“If it were, we would be at the Turing test level now. Yet it was able to defeat the best humans in the game show Jeopardy! This is because of the inherent speed and reliability of memory that computers… read more

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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Forbes | In defense of small data

March 30, 2012

Forbes — March 30, 2012 | Bruce Upbin

The very term Big Data implies that quantity is paramount, and some people speak as if they expect accelerating returns. If my database grows 100X bigger then I can mine insights that are 100X or even 300X bigger, right?  Wrong! In my experience, more of the same type of data provides only modest & incremental insights, not a quantum leap. [...]

Spiegel | Ray Kurzweil begins with Google

December 17, 2012

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Spiegel — December 17, 2012 | Felix Knoke

Kurzweil’s tasks from Google will be the development of natural language processing and machine learning at the Mountain View headquarters, said the author, entrepreneur and art-philosopher called one of the “leading inventors of our time.” A Google spokesman said that Kurzweil solutions will be “incredibly valuable” for Google projects. [...]

NASDAQ | Google and NASA make quantum leap with new computer

May 23, 2013

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NASDAQ — May 23, 2013 | Minyanville

But one man at Google definitely has a specific vision. As Greg Satell at Forbes wrote, “In many ways, the Google-NASA partnership represents a new Manhattan Project, but instead of the aim being a nuclear explosion, the goal is to simulate the human brain, a feat that Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, believes will be completed before the end of the next decade.”

Kurzweil is one of… read more

ZDNet | Computing experts call for repeal of copyrightable API decision

November 10, 2014

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ZDNet — November 10, 2014 | Chris Duckett

Signed by Ken Thompson, Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Schneier, Guido van Rossum, Ray Kurzweil, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, and Andrew Tridgell, among others, the petition filed with the US Supreme Court said that the May ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court that granted Oracle copyright protection over certain parts of Java is widely regarded as both insupportable and dangerous. [...]

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Bloomberg Businessweek | Charlie Rose talks to Ray Kurzweil

March 3, 2011

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Bloomberg Businessweek — March 3, 2011 | Charlie Rose

The author, inventor, and futurist says accelerating technology will soon bring us immortality — and all the energy the earth requires. Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly PBS program.

I’m interested in this notion of a coming singularity — computers surpassing humans — and your obsession with immortality. What led you there?

I really started with this exploration of where technology… read more

Forbes | What it’s like to be a student at Singularity University, an insider’s story

June 10, 2013

Forbes — June 10, 2013

I first heard about Singularity University from a friend who was a student in the very first SU cohort. He told me that being at SU changed his outlook on life. I was not surprised as I was a big fan of Ray Kurzweil’s (co-founder of SU) books and they had a similar effect on my life.

It is because of Kurzweil’s writing on intelligent machines… read more

The Las Vegas Guardian Express | Immortality will be delivered by the singularity say scientists

August 19, 2013

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The Las Vegas Guardian Express — August 19, 2013 | Rebecca Savastio

You may never have heard of the Singularity, but many scientists call its advent “inevitable,” and it has the potential, some would even say the promise, to deliver the human race to immortality. In order to understand how we can become immortal via the Singularity, we first have to understand what it is.

According to Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near and co-founder of… read more

Tampa Bay Times | Future of retail may include cell phones among blood cells

April 24, 2010

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Tampa Bay Times — April 24, 2010 | Mark Albright

A shopping trip in the not-so-distant future promises to be a virtual reality version of a fully stocked store projected in 3D from eyeglasses to your retina.

“The cell phone is the gateway to everything. In 10 years it will be embedded in your belt,” said futurist Ray Kurzweil.

That was one of many predictions served up to chief marketing officers from 40 major retailers at a… read more

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