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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

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Source: Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

The Financial Times | Overtaken by the future

March 8, 2013

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Source: The Financial Times — March 8, 2013 | Leo Robson

Futurology will always be a mug’s game – of course, I could be wrong – but for changing reasons. Imagination used to leave science behind, now it’s the other way around. The columnist and scriptwriter Charlie Brooker recently found to his irritation that a “digital afterlife” idea he had used in his TV series Black Mirror was not as “fanciful” as he had thought.

Having ignored to his… read more

PolicyMic | Ray Kurzweil: Artificial intelligence will save humans from ourselves

April 29, 2013

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Source: PolicyMic — April 29, 2013 | Michael McCutcheon

Ray Kurzweil is a best-selling author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

PolicyMic editor Michael McCutcheon recently spoke with Ray Kurzweil about how technology and artificial intelligence can and should be used to address climate change and save the planet.… 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

That's Really Possible | Transcendence movie features real future predictions

April 16, 2013

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Source: That's Really Possible — April 16, 2013 | Glyn Taylor

Transcendence, a 2014 movie produced by Christopher Nolan, features events which are predicted by many scientists and futurists as likely to occur in reality within the first half of this century. The predictions featured include those subscribed to by Ray Kurzweil, Hugo de Garis, and Jason Silva.

Ray Kurzweil’s predictions: The technological singularity, often called simply the singularity, is most notably predicted by famed futurist Ray… read more

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 27, 2013

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Source: Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

CNN | How TED got famous

March 21, 2014

Source: CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: Building bridges to immortality

December 27, 2010

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Source: 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

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

March 10, 2011

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Source: 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

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