The Leonard Lopate Show | Revealing the secret of human thought

November 20, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show — November 20, 2012 | Leonard Lopate

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems.

In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we… read more

Business Wire | Transforming Big Data into fast data at Global Directions Conference

August 13, 2013

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Business Wire — August 13, 2013 | Kodak

Conference sessions will build on the “Fast Data for Fast Business” theme with case studies and best practices from CIOs, CMOs and prominent executives from high-profile brands, companies and government agencies including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LexisNexis, the Atlanta Falcons, the U.S. Department of the Interior and Equifax.

Their presentations will provide real-world examples to help attendees understand how to overcome the challenges of information management,… read more

GlobeNewswire | Wall Street Journal CIO Network assembles leading CIOs and CTOs to address most pressing global technology and innovation challenges

January 7, 2014

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GlobeNewswire — January 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal will again convene leading chief information and technology officers for the second annual meeting of its CIO Network. The meeting will take place February 3-4 in San Diego to decide action plans for addressing the most pressing technology and innovation challenges facing corporations today.

During the opening session, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google Inc. and chairman, founder, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies,… read more

New Scientist | Will robots doing TED talks spark an AI breakthrough?

March 21, 2014

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New Scientist — March 21, 2014 | Aviva Rutkin

New Scientist | Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Bono have all done it. Soon robots will have a chance to deliver their own TED talks. That’s the latest challenge to the field of artificial intelligence, announced yesterday by the non-profit X Prize Foundation.

“We will need to take some number of months to figure this out,” Diamandis adds. “We have some great experts like Ray Kurzweil and Sebastian… read more

Austin American Statesman | The singularity may be near as machines get faster and smarter

July 25, 2015

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Austin American Statesman — July 13, 2015 | Omar L. Gallaga

You may already be familiar with the concept of singularity. It’s a futuristic idea about a time when artificial intelligence would advance to the point where it can self design and improve and, in some readings of the term, leave humans in the dust in terms of intelligence and perhaps even sentience.

The term dates back to the late 1950s to mathematician John von Neumann and was popularized later… read more

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

The Economist | The new overlords: Man and technology are evolving together in radical new ways

March 10, 2011

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The Economist — March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? People were shocked in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat Garry Kasparov, a Russian grandmaster, at chess. But winning a board game is a trivial task compared with understanding the complexities and idiosyncrasies of human speech. The company has now developed Watson, a supercomputer it thinks is capable of understanding “natural language”.

To put this claim to the test, IBM arranged for… read more

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The future is so bright, it’s dematerializing

February 25, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — February 25, 2012 | Matt Ridley

Dematerialization is one of the reasons that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give for the future’s being “better than you think” in their new book, Abundance. Mr. Diamandis founded the X Prizes, which handsomely reward those who reach certain far-minded goals in technology, medicine, energy and ecology.

As well as the X Prizes, Mr. Diamandis is cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, where the futurist Ray… read more

Computerworld | Kurzweil: Brains will extend to the cloud

October 3, 2012

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Computerworld — October 3, 2012

Human brains will someday extend into the cloud, futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted at the DEMO conference here on Tuesday.

Moreover, he said, it will become possible to selectively erase pieces of our memories, while retaining some portions of them, to be able to learn new things no matter how old the person is.

“The brain doesn’t grow much from a very young age,” he… read more

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