Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 17, 2014

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Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

TechCrunch | Yes Gmail users have some privacy, here’s what you can expect

August 14, 2013

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TechCrunch — August 14, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein

Google can share your data across services, such as maps and docs. Google’s new Director Of Engineering, futurist Ray Kurzweil, told me that he wants to build a search engine that knows what users want before they do.

In order to give you up-to-date traffic directions on your commute, shopping recommendations, and tailored search answers, it’s helpful to know where you live, where you… read more

News Corp Australia | Google’s latest company Calico plans to do anti-ageing research

November 27, 2013

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News Corp Australia — November 27, 2013 | Victoria Craw

Now Google bosses have turned their sights on a much more complex subject – the human body. The tech giant has recently embarked on a series of high profile hires for its new venture Calico, a company which wants to extend human life by up to 100 years.

It comes after the company hired Ray Kurzweil as engineering director, the 65-year-old credited with inventing speech recognition technology who… read more

Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

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Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

Or, at least, his estimations of how long it will take… read more

Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

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Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 21, 2014

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Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Tech Radar | Great tech innovators, Ray Kurzweil

May 31, 2015

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Tech Radar — May 31, 2015 | Darren Allan

Innovation is the life blood of technology, driving our lives onwards and upwards and steadily seeping into all aspects of our lives. And behind that innovation lays some truly great names — some familiar and some less so, as people bring their minds to bear on solving the biggest problems on the planet, or simply making things more fun.

Tech Radar has picked out the people we believe are… read more

Bionic.ly | Fifteen influencers shaping digital health

February 27, 2013

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Bionic.ly — February 27, 2013 | Stephen Davies

6. Ray Kurzweil | While not specifically focused on digital health, the author, futurist and proponent of the technological singularity, Kurzweil’s writings have impacted and inspired those working in digital health. “My perspective on digital health is not simply to use information technology to collect and organize information, but rather to understand and reprogram the information processes underlying biology,” told the HEALTH Critical blog. [...]

Forbes | If Ray Kurzweil lives forever, should Medicare pay for his healthcare?

April 15, 2013

Forbes — April 15, 2013 | Chris Conover

Ray Kurzweil plans to live forever. All power to him. Mr. Kurzweil’s contributions to mankind arguably have been so extraordinary that perhaps we owe it to him to provide him medical care in perpetuity.

Alternatively, perhaps he never plans to retire and/or has amassed a portfolio easily capable of supporting him in perpetuity unassisted by either Social Security or Medicare. In that case, no obvious public policy issues… read more

Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 4, 2013

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Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

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