Montecito Journal | Ray Kurzweil: the ultimate thinking machine

March 1, 2012

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Montecito Journal — March 1, 2012 | James Buckley

He is a visionary, an inventor (the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first music synthesizer that could recreate the keys of a grand piano), an entrepreneur, and has been described as a “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal. He is also a New York Times best-selling author.

Ray has been credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: The six epochs of technology evolution

October 12, 2011

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Big Think — October 12, 2011 | Daniel Honan

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil is an expert at predicting the future. Some of his career highlights include foreseeing the fall of the Soviet Union, the invention of the Internet and a computer beating a man at chess.

So what will the coming decades hold for us? In tracking our progress in the technological-evolutionary journey, Kurzweil has identifies six epochs, each of which is characterized by a major… read more

FutureBlogger | Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Not a Religion

November 6, 2008

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FutureBlogger — November 6, 2008 | Alvis Brigis

At Singularity Summit 2008, Future of Gadgets editor John Heylin asked Ray Kurzweil: Do you feel the Singularity has become its own religious movement inside the science community?

Kurzweil began his response by acknowledging that though there are some people who seek the rapture according to their own preferences, that “the idea of the Singularity did not start from religion.” Instead the concept sprang from “over 30 years… read more

h+ magazine | Ray Kurzweil: The h+ interview

December 30, 2009

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h+ magazine — December 30, 2009 | Surfdaddy Orca, R.U. Sirius

A 3-way conversation with the brilliant and controversial inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil needs little or no introduction to most h+ readers. Principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition, Ray… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil: Technology and the new, improved you

February 10, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 10, 2014

Ray Kurzweil says technology will make us smarter, healthier and more productive. Author, Google engineer and futurist Ray Kurzweil tells Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker that advancing technologies will be integrated into ourselves.

He speaks at the Journal’s CIO Network conference in San Diego. Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker spoke with Mr. Kurzweil about what the future holds.

Mr. Baker: Before we… read more

Forbes | Ray Kurzweil: Look to cybersecurity to fight human pandemics

February 23, 2011

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Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

Ray Kurzweil may be the world’s most prominent techno-optimist. The 63-year old futurist and artificial intelligence guru believes, famously, that by 2045 humans will build a computer capable of replicating and storing the human mind — what he calls the “singularity” — essentially allowing our mental selves to live on indefinitely.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Kurzweil takes an equally sunny view of cybersecurity,  in contradiction to the… read more

TechTV | Ray Kurzweil: Computers to live within the human body

February 14, 2000

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TechTV — February 14, 2000 | Leslie Katz

Will computers surpass the human brain? Ray Kurzweil thinks so. Judging by the accuracy of his past predictions, this one will come true, too. Kurzweil is responsible for inventing, among other things, the first voice-recognition software to turn simple words into text. But he is also known for presaging the rise of the Internet and the widespread use of synthesizers to create commercial music. His prediction that the world’s top… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: can you read 100 million web pages in a few seconds, your robot assistant will

May 12, 2015

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Big Think — May 11, 2015

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil has made some strong statements and bold predictions here at Big Think. Among them is the fusion between digital technology and the human body in an event called the singularity, allowing an essentially cloud based consciousness to arise — though hopefully a less aggressive one than the Borg’s.

In our most recent discussion with Kurzweil, he discusses the ability of natural language machines, such… read more

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: ‘By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments’

October 9, 2000

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Fortune — October 9, 2000 | David Kirkpatrick

“By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments.” Speech technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines. He was interviewed by David Kirkpatrick.

A very important aspect of the future is going to be virtual reality — our ability to relate with each other in new ways, much more intimate ways, facilitated by technology. We’ve had one form… read more

New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: Building bridges to immortality

December 27, 2010

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New Scientist — December 27, 2010 | Robert Adler

Make it to the year 2045 and you can live forever, the controversial futurist claims. So how’s his personal quest for immortality going?

For Ray Kurzweil, it’s all about patterns. The ultimate pattern that preoccupies him is the human brain. Kurzweil believes the exponential growth of artificial intelligence, biotechnology and nanotechnology means that before 2050 the full intricacy of his brain — and, he hopes, his… read more

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