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Cambridge Healthtech Institute | The last first base

May 13, 2013

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Source: Cambridge Healthtech Institute — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Davies, PhD

Rather than reflect on the ups and downs of the past 11 years, let me simply lay out some of my most vivid memories from my perch at Bio-IT World: 

Best Keynote: Lander in 2002? Ray Kurzweil? Stephen Wolfram? Venter, Collins, Berners-Lee? I can’t pick. But I would give special commendation to BioTeam cofounder Chris Dagdigian’s annual unofficial fourth keynote, “Trends from the Trenches.” [...]

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Bessemer names Ethan Kurzweil, Jeff Epstein partners

January 24, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — January 24, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Jeff Epstein, the former chief financial officer at Oracle, and Ethan Kurzweil, son of futurist and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, are among six new partners named at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil has been with Bessemer’s Menlo Park office for four years and focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives the firm’s roadmap on developer platforms. [...]

Mobiledia | Movers and shakers: Ray Kurzweil, a restless genius

August 26, 2013

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Source: Mobiledia — August 26, 2013 | Margaret Rock

By all accounts, Ray Kurzweil is a genius, a “restless genius,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Forbes called him the “ultimate thinking machine,” while PBS picked him as one of 16 “Revolutionaries Who Made America” — a list that included legends like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

You know those names every time you flick on a light or jump into a car, but despite… read more

Dish Magazine | Spike Jonze on getting to know Her

December 21, 2013

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Source: Dish Magazine — December 2013 | Fred Topel

Though Jonze did some research on some of the science of Her, he ultimately went with his heart. “Obviously, I love science fiction too,” he explained.

“I definitely was interested in things that Ray Kurzweil — American author, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google — writes about, and things like that.

“I made a lot of notes about artificial intelligence and watched a lot… read more

Gizmodo | Google found an artificial brain to power its robot army

January 28, 2014

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Source: Gizmodo — January 27, 2014 | Jamie Condliffe

According to Re/code, the acquisition was led by Larry Page, and it will add to a burgeoning AI team at Google — not least Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 to work on machine learning and language processing.

Business Standard | Letters: More than science fiction

March 17, 2014

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Source: Business Standard — March 16, 2014 | H. N. Ramakrishna

Raymond Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, and a director of engineering at Google calls the moment “singularity,” when artificial intelligence will overtake human thinking.

He believes that the Turing test will be passed in 2029. Robots, when accurately programmed, don’t make mistakes. They don’t complain about working conditions — don’t demand union representation, they don’t take sick leave or demand benefits. [...]

CNET News | Tech visionary gets inventor prize

April 25, 2001

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Source: CNET News — April 25, 2001 | Charles Cooper

The Lemelson-MIT prize, presented to Ray Kurzweil in Washington, D.C., recognizes his 35-year track record inventing technologies in areas as diverse as pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and speech reading.

World Future Review | An interview with Ray Kurzweil: inventor, bestselling author, WorldFuture 2010 speaker

May 5, 2010

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Source: World Future Review — May 5, 2010 | Aaron M. Cohen

Merging With the Machines: Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law of Exponential Growth: This interview was conducted by Aaron M. Cohen on behalf of World Future Review.

World Future Review: What does it mean to build “new and improved” human intelligence? And where are we in terms of bringing this to reality?

Kurzweil: There are two components must be achieved to create a human-level… read more

The Times | Get ready for a scary new world of life-enriching robot implants

February 16, 2008

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Source: The Times — February 16, 2008 | Mark Henderson

The advances are so rapid that one inventor says that humanity will be transformed by 2050. Our correspondent reports from the American Association conference in Boston. Artificial intelligence will match the human intellect within a couple of decades, according to an inventor who predicts a technological revolution in which intelligent “nano-robots” work inside the body to stave off ageing and enhance the capacity of our minds.

Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The New York Review of Books | On the road to immortality

November 10, 2011

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Source: The New York Review of Books — November 10, 2011 | John Gray

First published in 2009, and more recently in a paperback edition, Transcend presents “an easy-to-follow program” — “a comprehensive exercise program, sample menus and recipes, precise dosages for supplements, when and where to obtain blood tests, and many other helpful details.”

The program’s initial goal is “to slow down and in many cases to stop the processes that lead to disease and aging” so that we can “live… read more

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