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The Conversation | The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

August 23, 2013

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Source: The Conversation — August 20, 2013 | Kathleen Richardson

Ray Kurzweil is another case in point. In books such as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil is forever predicting that we will merge with machines and be able to upload our “complete” consciousness into machines. This idea is emerging as the next big challenge in robotics but it could equally be viewed as a basic feature of human cultural existence.

I’m “uploading”… read more

Mashable | Google acquires robotics-design company Boston Dynamics

December 14, 2013

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Source: Mashable — December 14, 2013 | Adario Strange

After robotics software and now hardware, the third piece of Google’s puzzle seems to be the artificial-intelligence work of Ray Kurzweil, a recent company hire.

Kurzweil is known for talking up the notion of a technological singularity, a point in human history during which artificial-intelligence systems will suddenly surpass human abilities.

According to Kurzweil, the singularity will take place around 2045. When Amazon unveiled its flying delivery drones earlier this month, Kurzweil’s response… read more

TED | TED Brain Trust

May 24, 2014

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TED | TED Brain Trust: The following members of the TED community serve as a valued source of advice on issues of importance to TED’s future.

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The Washington Post | It’s a beautiful time to be alive and educated

August 30, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — August 25, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

This progression is known as Moore’s law. For more than 100 years, the processing power of computers had doubled every 18 months.

Computers and the information technology that they enable are absorbing other fields. So we are seeing exponential advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, robotics, medicine, 3D printing, and so on.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says: “As any technology becomes an information technology, it starts advancing exponentially.” That… read more

Forbes | Two hundred and fifty pills to immortality

May 27, 2009

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Source: Forbes — May 27, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

So you want to live forever? Ray Kurzweil will tell you how. The life and work of the futurist and inventor was the subject of a film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man. When he was in his early 20s, Kurzweil watched his father lose a battle with heart disease. The experience spurred his deeply rooted desire to conquer death. He’s received White… read more

Singularity Hub | Official Powerpoint from Kurzweil/Diamandis TED Presentation

February 3, 2009

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Source: Singularity Hub — February 3, 2009 | Keith Kleiner

Singularity Hub | Today Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis officially unveiled Singularity University to the world during a presentation at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA.  Kurzweil began the talk with a roughly 6 minute introduction to the concept of the singularity, followed by a 3 minute explanation of Singularity University by Diamandis.  Below is the powerpoint presentation given by Kurzweil and Diamandis [...]

The Huffington Post | Ray Kurzweil on translation technology

June 13, 2011

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Source: The Huffington Post — June 13, 2011 | Nataly Kelly

Will advances in translation technology ever enable us to live in a society free of language barriers? I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with the well-known inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil to ask him this and other questions about his views on the future of translation.

According to Kurzweil, machines will reach human levels of translation quality by the year 2029. However, he… read more

Forbes | Paul Allen says that the Singularity is far, far away

October 14, 2011

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Source: Forbes — October 14, 2011 | Alex Knapp

Don’t get me wrong — I think that there’s a lot of absolutely fascinating scientific and technological work being done. I’ve no doubt that computers are going to become more tightly integrated in our lives, and I personally believe that as computers get more sophisticated, they’ll enable an incredible unleashing of human creativity. But I think we’re a long way off from from computers that can do… read more

Flip the Media | Ray Kurzweil brings the Singularity to SXSW

March 13, 2012

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Source: Flip the Media — March 13, 2012 | Joe Pavey

On Monday afternoon author and inventor Ray Kurzweil took the stage at SXSW for an interview session with frequent Time magazine contributor Lev Grossman.

Kurzweil, somewhat of a controversial figure in the tech community, was there to discuss his radically optimistic views on technology, human consciousness, and evolution.

The session began with Kurzweil delivering a short slide presentation about his predictions on how technology will impact… read more

Barnes & Noble | How to Create a Mind

November 9, 2012

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Source: Barnes & Noble — November 9, 2012

In his visionary bestseller The Singularity Is Near, scientist Ray Kurzweil devoted a single chapter to how reverse engineering the brain could bring us to a point where man and machine are melded into a new entity.

In the eight years since that bold futuristic leap, technologies to examine the brain have made to make that claim seem a hundred times more plausible.

In his… read more

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