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

Gold Seek | Who rules, information technology

October 27, 2014

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Gold Seek — October 27, 2014 | George Smith

Kurzweil says exponential growth itself is growing exponentially and applies to a wide range of technologies, from electronic to biological.

He estimates a cubic inch of nanotube circuitry would be up to 100 million times more powerful than the human brain.

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Automobile | The arrival of autonomous cars examined

June 22, 2015

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Automobile — June 22, 2015 | Mike Floyd

Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor, futurist, and Google’s director of engineering, said in a speech at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress that self-driving cars are a given in the near future.

He says soon an inexpensive computer will be able to outperform a human at driving.

Google has enough brainiacs like Kurzweil to pull off its vision of a drone-like conveyance with no steering wheel,… 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


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

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. [...]

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

August 15, 2014

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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

Associated Press | Amazon’s delivery drones an idea that may not fly

December 3, 2013

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Associated Press — December 3, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz

Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.”

“Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional… read more

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