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io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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Source: io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.

Frankfurter Allgemeine | Futurist Ray Kurzweil: immortality for all

August 8, 2011

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Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine — August 8, 2011 | Jordan Mejias

[ Translated from German ] Ray Kurzweil works tirelessly to lead the way to eternal life. In 2029, predicts the American author and inventor, the human brain and computers will merge.

He is sixty-three years old and is looking forward to the next century and further. He swallows daily one hundred and fifty pills, can regularly refresh intravenously, toughens his body in the gym and takes only… read more

PBS Newshour | Ray Kurzweil on Bringing Back the Dead

July 12, 2012

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Source: PBS Newshour — July 12, 2012

We round out “Ray Kurzweil Online” with the third and final installment of our miniseries. Thursday’s outtake with Mr. Immortality:

Does Kurzweil believe that an avatar of his dead father — created with artificial intelligence and a lifetime’s worth of data and mementos — is, well, his actual father, the guy who died when Ray was 22? This is a step beyond Kurzweil’s stated objective — to stave off death adread more

The New York Times | How to Create a Mind is New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller

November 25, 2012

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Source: The New York Times — November 25, 2012

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil is now #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.

It came out at #1 among all books on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list and went into its third printing one week after publication. The book is available from the book’s official website and… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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Source: AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

TechRadar | 11 technologies that are going to kill us all

May 2, 2013

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Source: TechRadar — May 2, 2013 | Gary Marshall

8. Artificial Intelligence: We’ve all seen the Terminator movies, so we know how this works: one day artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans, and when that happens the AI will quickly realise that the best way to protect the planet is to get rid of the meatbags.

According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, the singularity — the moment machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence — is due around 2045. If… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Inventing with an eye on the future

August 22, 2013

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — August 21, 2013 | Caitlin Huston

Even with an exceptional idea, budding entrepreneurs can struggle to move past the brainstorming stages. They face challenges in execution like building a cohesive team, coming up with a business plan and even understanding how to present their product or service.

This week mentors on WSJ Startup of the Year, a documentary on WSJ.com, offered some words of inspiration for all entrepreneurs. Here’s what some science… read more

Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 14, 2014

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Source: Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

InfoWorld | Can artificial intelligence save Windows Phones?

April 3, 2014

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Source: InfoWorld — September 13, 2013 | Robert X. Cringely

Microsoft is preparing an answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now called Cortana that may appear on Windows phones as early as next year.

So the question becomes: Is Cortana just a code name, or is Microsoft going all in on an AI assistant that looks and acts like Halo’s Cortana? Heck, Ray Kurzweil has Ramona. Why not? [...]

Rolling Stone | When man & machine merge

February 19, 2009

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Source: Rolling Stone — Feb 19, 2009 | David Kushner

Over the past four decades, Ray Kurzweil has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific and influential inventors. His specialty is pattern recognition — teaching machines to classify data and learn. He created the first program to enable computers to read text — the basis of modern scanning — as well as the first program to translate text into speech.

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