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American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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Source: American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

InformationWeek | Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity future

July 3, 2010

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Source: InformationWeek — July 3, 2010 | Michael Greene

The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity Is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences.

Tech professionals have become somewhat inured to descriptions of the exponential rise in computing power in what is commonly described as Moore’s law. But when inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil strings together dozens of examples on logarithmic graphs to support his… read more

The Washington Post | Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce

November 15, 2012

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Source: The Washington Post — November 15, 2012 | Vivek Wadwha & Ray Kurzweil

Singularity University, on the grounds of the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, abounds in optimism, and, as Singularity’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, I have understandably caught the bug.

I have written about why I believe this will be the most innovative decade in human history, how we are headed for an era of abundant and affordable health care, and how robotics,… read more

Forbes | Ray Kurzweil on the future of innovation at Singularity University

October 12, 2011

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Source: Forbes — October 12, 2011 | Ted Greenwald

Ray Kurzweil, radical futurist and prophet of innovation, holds up a smartphone. “This device is a billion times more valuable per constant dollar than the computer I used as a student at MIT in the late ’60s,” he says. “In 25 years, it will be the size of a blood cell. And it will be a billion times more powerful.”

The famously far-thinking inventor and author — critics would… read more

SmartPlanet | Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, artificial intelligence and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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Source: SmartPlanet — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil tool to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his new book on human thought, How to Create a Mind, and the various themes that stem from it. Their talk was varied and at times… read more

Black Sun Journal | Ray Kurzweil on future energy

October 18, 2005

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Source: Black Sun Journal — October 18, 2005 | Sean Prophet

Ray Kurzweil’s new book, The Singularity is Near is a stunning compendium of future history. To those not familiar with Kurzweil’s method, the book reads like far-fetched science fiction. In fact, peak-oil doomers will be disgusted. That’s because like most of society, they believe in what Kurzweil calls the linear-intuitive model of growth and development (i.e. it will take about as long to develop things in the future as it… read more

We Blog the World | Ray Kurzweil on ethics & natural language processing

October 5, 2012

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Source: We Blog the World — October 5, 2012 | Renee Blodgett

There was an odd but interesting combination of fireside chats at DEMO Fall this year: Ray Kurzweil and Ev Williams both took the stage over the course of the 2.5 day event in Santa Clara, CA.

Says Ray in a response to the question of why natural language processing has taken so long to advance: You have to take a hierarchical approach just like human language —… 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

Fast Company | Ray Kurzweil now on the job at Google

December 17, 2012

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Source: Fast Company — December 17, 2012 | Neal Ungerleider

The search giant welcomes a Singularity evangelist. He will work on unspecified machine-learning and language-processing projects.

Ray Kurzweil is best known these days as the world’s foremost Singularity evangelist and as a prophet of a whizbang, techno-utopian future. However, Kurzweil first came to tech fame as a machine-learning guru whose groundbreaking work on voice recognition and optical character recognition changed computing and laid the groundwork for everything from Siri to… read more

ZDNet | Ray Kurzweil lifts lid on Google AI project

January 11, 2013

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Source: ZDNet — January 11, 2013 | Sam Shead

Google’s recently appointed director of engineering Ray Kurzweil has revealed details around an upcoming AI project for the company, focused on helping computers to better understand human language.

“The project I plan to do is focused on natural language understanding although it may have other applications,” said Kurzweil in a video interview with Singularity Hub, published on Thursday. “We want to give computers the ability to understand the… read more

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