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Information Week | Voice Dream Reader affordable TTS for disabled users

May 15, 2013

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Source: Information Week — May 15, 2013 | David F. Carr

Text-to-voice technology has a long history. The famed technologist Ray Kurzweil created an early reading software product in 1976, which in 1996 led to the founding of Kurzweil Educational Systems, a leading maker of reading software for PCs and Macs.

However, the Kurzweil software costs as much as $1,500 a seat, while some of the other PC-based text-to-speech products cost $50 to $70, Chen said. “We charge… 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

CNET | Glassholes: At least you know who they are

March 16, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 16, 2014 | Stephen Shankland

It’s quite possible that ordinary looking glasses, or perhaps jewelry or clothing or Bluetooth earpieces, could have such technology built into it. Maybe it’ll even be in contact lenses or, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanobots in our brains and bloodstream will intercept our own sensory data, process and store it, then communicate directly with our own neurons.

That latter idea is pretty far out, but given how… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

The Standard | Reading, writing and robots

May 15, 2000

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Source: The Standard — May 15, 2000 | Steffan Heuer

The research community keeps coming up with tangible results to support [Ray Kurzweil's] outlandish claims, from respected labs at MIT and Yale to startups like Molecular Electronics in Chicago and the nano-adventures at Texas-based Zyvex.

News stories about DNA-based computing, next-generation chips grown in petri dishes and molecule-size nanorobots built from carbon atoms are in the headlines just as the race to decipher the human genome is drawing… read more

The New York Times | Merely human? That’s so yesterday

June 11, 2010

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Source: The New York Times — June 11, 2010 | Ashlee Vance

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen.

While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around… read more

Associated Press | Inventor sets his sights on immortality

February 12, 2005

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Source: Associated Press — February 12, 2005 | Jay Lindsay

Will nanotechnology spark breakthrough in 20 years? Ray Kurzweil doesn’t tailgate. A man who plans to live forever doesn’t take chances with his health on the highway, or anywhere else. As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea. He also periodically tracks 40 to 50 fitness indicators, down to his “tactile sensitivity.” Adjustments

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University of Advancing Technology | Futurist Ray Kurzweil named as 2009 inductee into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking

February 19, 2009

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Source: University of Advancing Technology — February 19, 2009 | Robert Marshall

The Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking has named Ray Kurzweil, renowned technology futurist, inventor and entrepreneur, as its 2009 inductee. Mr. Kurzweil will appear on campus at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to receive the honor at the Da Vinci Society’s annual luncheon and colloquium.

The Da Vinci Society was founded in 2005 by UAT President Dominic Pistillo to honor the world’s leading… read more

New Mexico Business Weekly | Best Buy Super Bowl ad praised for focus on innovators

February 6, 2012

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Source: New Mexico Business Weekly — February 6, 2012

Best Buy Co. Inc.’s decision to use its Super Bowl ad to spotlight innovators who helped change how cell phones are used (and snuck itself onto the list) was received pretty well, at least by media types.

Cnet called it the best tech-centered ad of the first half of the game. It featured people like Philippe Kahn, who built one of the first camera phones, and Kevin Systrom, who… read more

Greg Laden's Blog | Kurzweil: How to create a mind

November 20, 2012

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Source: Greg Laden's Blog — November 20, 2012 | Greg Laden

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed is Ray Kurzweil’s latest book. You may know of him as the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil is a “futurist” and has a reputation as being one of the greatest thinkers of our age, as well as being one of the greatest hucksters of the age, depending on whom you ask.… read more

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