The Verge | Obama plans decade-long research effort to map the human brain and explore consciousness

February 18, 2013

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The Verge — February 18, 2013 | T.C. Sottek

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration plans to spearhead a scientific effort over the next decade that aims to build a comprehensive map of activity in the human brain. The effort will reportedly involve scientists from federal agencies and private foundations that will work together to advance our understanding of perception, actions, and consciousness.

The Times says that the project seeks to accomplish the same level of… read more

Slate | The race for immortality — Ray Kurzweil thinks we can stay one step ahead of death

November 27, 2013

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Slate — November 27, 2013 | Will Oremus

Most of us accept that our lives are limited. Not Ray Kurzweil. A renowned computer scientist and inventor, Kurzweil, 65, decided decades ago that mortality wasn’t for him. He didn’t have to die, and he wasn’t going to, if he could help it. Fortunately, he believes he can help it, and he’s been working feverishly at the task of staying alive ever since.

“How long do you think you… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Google’s Ray Kurzweil envisions new era of search

February 4, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 4, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

Within five to eight years, search engines will start to appear much more human-like, according to Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil.

They will respond to long and complex questions, understand the meaning of the documents that they are searching, and be on the look-out for information they think might be useful to people. [...]

PSFK | Peter Fingar, the cognitive computing era is upon us

May 20, 2015

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PSFK — May 20, 2015 | Peter Fingar

Geoffrey Everest Hinton is a computer scientist and psychologist, noted for his work on artificial neural networks.

Now working for Google, he joins artificial intelligence pioneer and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Andrew Ng, the Stanford University professor who set up Google’s neural network team in 2011.

Deep learning is now considered cutting edge AI that represents an evolution over primitive neural networks.

He is co-inventor of back… read more

The Boston Globe | How to Create a Mind, The Light of Amsterdam, Because I Said So!

December 8, 2012

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The Boston Globe — December 8, 2012 | Kate Tuttle

If you met a non-biological intelligent entity, one that demonstrated convincingly human-like emotional responses (it could laugh and cry, tell a joke, and argue), would you accept it as a conscious being, more or less equivalent to a person? Ray Kurzweil says he would, and much of his latest book focuses on trying to persuade readers to abandon long-held beliefs about the unique value of the human… read more

LiveScience | Intelligent robots will overtake humans by 2100, experts say

May 6, 2013

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LiveScience — May 6, 2013 | Tia Ghose

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Viking, 2005), futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.

Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid… read more

The Huffington Post | Mind uploading and digital immortality may be reality by 2045, futurists say

June 18, 2013

The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to Swamis and other spiritual leaders.

In the year 2045: Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence, an event known as the singularity.

Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential… read more

The Huffington Post + The World Post | Ray Kurzweil: in the 2030s nanobots in our brains will make us god like

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October 6, 2015

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Discovery Institute Evolution News | The brain remains an evolutionary mystery

October 17, 2012

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Discovery Institute Evolution News — October 17, 2012

Some evolutionists do not particularly care about the past as much as the evolutionary development of the human brain extending into the future.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, currently promoting his new book How to Create a Mind, believes that someday we will be able to reverse-engineer the brain, uncovering its secrets. Kurzweil acknowledges the evolutionary gap between humans and all other animals, but rather than trying… read more

Forbes | Does Google Glass mean the singularity is near?

July 1, 2013

Forbes — July 1, 2013 | Steven Rosenbaum

The concept of the singularity is the driving passion of one of this generation’s most remarkable inventors and innovators, Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil define’s the singularity as the coming together of man and machine — and the result is extraordinary knowledge and immortality.

But what will the connection between our bodies and the global brain that is the internet? Here are six major changes that a fully digital, fully connected world will bring. [...]

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