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The Washington Post | The next big national intelligence debate

June 7, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — June 7, 2013 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google has a one-up on my iPhone. It reads my emails before I do and knows what I am thinking by analyzing what I search for on the Internet and which Web sites I visit. It “knows” what other people think about me.

If my friend and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil succeeds in his mission at Google, it will also understand my wants and needs. It… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Kurzweil, Warrior, 2 others join Silicon Valley’s tech hall of fame

June 5, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 5, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Four Silicon Valley luminaries are joining SVForum’s version of the region’s tech hall of fame: Google engineering chief and futurist Ray Kurzweil, Cisco Systems Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, XPrize founder Peter Diamandis and Lean Startups advocate Steve Blank.

The annual invitation-only SVForum Visionaries gala reception has honored a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk,Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

SVForum Executive Director Chris Gill and Chairperson Debra Magid of… read more

Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Source: Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Big Think | You can predict the future, and you must

June 4, 2013

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Source: Big Think — June 4, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

When I do mentoring and early stage investing, one obvious thing I look for is that people incorporate a model of the future into their business plans. All too often we get plans which have this common assumption that the future’s going to be just like today.

Yes, we’ve had a lot of change up until now, but then people’s imagination leaves them and they assume… read more

Singularity Hub | Steve Aoki music video Singularity imagines cybernetic future, features Ray Kurzweil

June 3, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — June 3, 2013 | David J. Hill

“Hi Steve. This is Ray Kurzweil. I want to tell you about our future.”

With an opening like that, you know that the latest music video ‘Singularity’ from electro house musician Steve Aoki is going to deliver a thrill ride. Kicking off with the ominous Kurzweil describing the coming rise of artificial intelligence, the video goes on to depict the forced cybernetic transformation of Aoki at… read more

New England Cable News | This man is not a cyborg yet

May 31, 2013

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Source: New England Cable News — May 31, 2013 | David Segal

As these videos suggest, scientists are taking tiny, incremental steps toward melding humans and machine all the time.

Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and now Google’s director of engineering, argued in The Singularity Is Near, a 2005 book, that technology is advancing exponentially and that “human life will be irreversibly transformed” to the point that there will be no difference between “human and machine or between physical… read more

Democrat and Chronicle | Ra Ra Riot is pushing its sound

May 31, 2013

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Source: Democrat and Chronicle — May 31, 2013 | Jeff Spevak

There is a temptation here to present Ra Ra Riot as some kind of intellectual pop hothouse of futuristic ideas, discussing the artificial intelligence predictions of Ray Kurzweil and the sci-fi futurist writings of William Gibson while riding from gig to gig in the tour bus. “It has happened,” says violinist Rebecca Zeller. “Probably more in the van than in the bus.”

To… read more

Dow Jones | Introducing WSJ Startup of the Year

May 29, 2013

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INTRODUCING ‘WSJ STARTUP OF THE YEAR’

NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—The Wall Street Journal will be launching ‘WSJ Startup of the Year,’ an episodic video documentary for WSJ Live, the Journal’s online video platform. Slated to premiere June 24, the documentary matches global business leaders and influencers with 25 innovative startups, capturing their stories from startup to success over the course of five months. Throughout the documentary, editors from… read more

NASDAQ | Google and NASA make quantum leap with new computer

May 23, 2013

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Source: NASDAQ — May 23, 2013 | Minyanville

But one man at Google definitely has a specific vision. As Greg Satell at Forbes wrote, “In many ways, the Google-NASA partnership represents a new Manhattan Project, but instead of the aim being a nuclear explosion, the goal is to simulate the human brain, a feat that Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, believes will be completed before the end of the next decade.”

Kurzweil is one of… read more

Inventor Spot | Will robots social-network when they eclipse man’s intelligence?

May 21, 2013

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Source: Inventor Spot — May 21, 2013 | Ron Callari

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an email to LiveScience.

Singularity, for those mere mortals who are unaware, is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed… read more

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