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BoingBoing | Imaginary Foundation’s “All-Star Pattern Seeker” trading cards

August 10, 2009

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Source: BoingBoing — August 10, 2009 | David Pescovitz

“All-Star Pattern Seeker Trading Cards pay tribute to 23 giants of pattern recognition — pathfinders and ideanauts whose shadows loom large across three millennia of discovery.” — Imaginary Foundation

Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Source: Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more

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The Boston Globe | Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton

November 16, 2011

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Source: The Boston Globe — November 16, 2011

A couple dozen actors, writers, politicians and scientists call Newton their current or former home:

Ray Kurzweil — He’s one of MIT’s most vocal and high-profile technology visionaries.… read more

Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Source: Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

Mike Gatti, executive director… read more

SaulPaul’s official SXSW recap raps!

May 2, 2012

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In 2002, SaulPaul graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Convergent Media degree from the School of Communications. In 2003, SaulPaul quit his job working in television and soon after released his first album. And now, almost 9 years later, he continues to make a living making music.

From releasing albums, to touring, to writing and producing for other artists, SaulPaul has done it all.… read more

Wired | How Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain

April 25, 2013

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Source: Wired — April 25, 2013 | Steven Levy

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year. Nonetheless, the hiring raised some eyebrows, since Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proselytizer of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being.

Add to this Google’s revelation that it is… 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

SearchCIO | Kurzweil: The human brain on IT

January 8, 2014

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Source: SearchCIO — September 30, 2013 | Linda Tucci

“Change is the new constant” is a saying you hear a lot at technology conferences. “But change is not constant,” said inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil at a conference I attended last week.

The world is changing more and more rapidly, fueled by information technology. Unlike some of us given to mouthing such statements, the recipient of the National Medal of Technology had his argument teed up. [...]

Forbes | Why the future of technology is all too human

February 25, 2014

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2014 | Greg Satell

When Ray Kurzweil published The Age Of Spiritual Machines in 1999, he predicted a new era of thinking machines that will meet and then exceed human intelligence.

Today, it appears we are entering a new industrial revolution. In The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil illustrated the point in a cartoon with some posters on the wall showing what computers can’t do and others on the floor representing limits that… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Weekend Confidential: Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — May 30, 2014 | Alexandra Wolfe

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read. Next will be the singularity — a term he popularized for the point at which humans and computers will merge.

In 2045, he predicts, human intelligence will be enhanced a billion fold, thanks to high tech brain extensions. As a director of engineering at Google, Mr. Kurzweil is working on getting machines to understand “natural” language. Computers aren’t as good… read more

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