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Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil for president (seriously?)

February 12, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — February 12, 2012 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself by forecasting important trends in consumer technology, global politics, and computer intelligence. Yet even Kurzweil couldn’t predict the latest disruptive event in his life: Ray’s running for U.S. President in 2012! Well…kind of.

The noted author, inventor, and futurist is a well known, and widely admired, figure in the Singularity community. He cofounded Singularity University, advocates the… read more

Time | Ray Kurzweil final rank #30 in the Time Readers’ Choice Poll for the most influential people of 2011

April 21, 2011

Source: Time — April 21, 2011

Time has announced its 2011 Readers’ Choice 100 Poll. It asks readers to “cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world.” The Top 100 results are included in the annual “Time 100” special edition. Ray Kurzweil’s final rank is #30, just below Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. You can see the complete final poll results here.

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Frost & Sullivan | Ray Kurzweil featured in recent Stratecast report

January 20, 2012

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Source: Frost & Sullivan — January 20, 2012 | Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Ray Kurzweil’s thesis about accelerating trends in technology and paradigm shifts was recently discussed in Frost & Sullivan’s January 20, 2012 Stratecast report, Paradigm Shift — The Rise of the Virtual World Order, by Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Visit Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan, here. For interest and inquiries into Stratecast’s reports and services please contact account executive: Perry Somers, psomers@frost.com, 360-416-4982.

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Slate | Ray Kurzweil discusses longevity, robot revolts at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: Slate — March 12, 2012 | Katherine Goldstein

On Monday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Ray Kurzweil, the prolific author, scientist, and futurist, presented a keynote conversation with Time magazine columnist Lev Grossman to discuss, in the broadest terms, his vision of the future, including augmented-reality glasses, 3D printing airplanes, and reforming our education system.

Here are three of his most interesting predictions.

1) Kurzweil, a long-time advocate of extreme human longevity, says… read more

PC Magazine | Ray Kurzweil debunks exponential returns doubters at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — March 12, 2012 | Dan Costa

As you would expect, this kind of optimism draws a lot of fire from more pessimistic, perhaps more realistic, critics. On Monday at SXSW, Kurzweil took on the skeptics with an array of historical charts, future forecasts, and the simple belief that “you can start world-changing revolution with just the power of your ideas and everyday tools.”

The cornerstone to many of Kurzweil’s predictions is the… read more

Flip the Media | Ray Kurzweil brings the Singularity to SXSW

March 13, 2012

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Source: Flip the Media — March 13, 2012 | Joe Pavey

On Monday afternoon author and inventor Ray Kurzweil took the stage at SXSW for an interview session with frequent Time magazine contributor Lev Grossman.

Kurzweil, somewhat of a controversial figure in the tech community, was there to discuss his radically optimistic views on technology, human consciousness, and evolution.

The session began with Kurzweil delivering a short slide presentation about his predictions on how technology will impact… read more

Spiegel | Ray Kurzweil begins with Google

December 17, 2012

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Source: 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. [...]

Vice | Ray Kurzweil — that Singularity guy

April 14, 2009

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Source: Vice — April 14, 2009 | Rocco Castoro

In the year 2050, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanoscopic robots will be zooming throughout our capillaries, transforming us into nonbiological humans.

We will be able to absorb and retain the entirety of the universe’s knowledge, eat as much as we want without gaining weight, shape-shift into just about any physical form imaginable, live free from disease, and die at the time of our choosing.

All of this will be thrust on us… read more

Higher Ground | Ra Ra Riot with Pacific Air at Higher Ground

March 8, 2013

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Source: Higher Ground — March 8, 2013

Ra Ra Riot’s third album Beta Love is set for release January 22, 2013 on Barsuk Records. The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group.

Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist… read more

Phoenix New Times | Ra Ra Riot on lineup changes, the singularity, and Blade Runner

May 9, 2013

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Source: Phoenix New Times — May 9, 2013 | Chris Parker

Up on the Sun: I understand the new album, Beta Love, is informed by thoughts on the nature and evolution of technology and humanity.

Wes Miles: Yeah, a lot of it comes from a book that Matt [Santos, bassist] started reading first when we were recording The Orchard, Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.

At that point, we started talking more about it and thinking about what… read more

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