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CNET | Why the Moto X is a Google moon shot

August 25, 2013

Source: CNET — August 2, 2013 | Dan Farber

Google has long focused its engineering resources on artificial intelligence. In December 2012, the company hired AI pioneer Ray Kurzweil to work on getting computers to converse more intelligently with humans, and the company is also using large-scale neural networks, which mimic how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, Google’s AI moon shot is for its brain to pass the Turing test, proof that a machine has… read more

The Blaze | Glenn: The government cannot stop the exponential growth of technology

December 15, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — January 18, 2013 | Glenn Beck

Technology is advancing at a rampant rate, which creates amazing possibilities but also incredible challenges for the average person. Only a few years ago your music player, phone, TV, and computer were all separate devices that would have cluttered your desk if you laid them all out. Today, all of that fits in the palm of your hand with your smartphone or tablet. And that’s just the beginning. New… read more

Style | It’s Her party: Spike Jonze rolls out his latest

January 16, 2014

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Source: Style — December 17, 2013 | Lauren Goodman

Her is the first film Jonze has written himself, and it’s stunning. Set in a future Los Angeles, there was much chatter about artificial intelligence afterward in the Q&A, which Larry Ellison moderated.

Jonze mentioned Ray Kurzweil, the futurist who works at Google and who Mike Mills also cited when I interviewed him last week for Nowness, about a film he made about the future for SFMOMA. [...]

Film | Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes Spike Jonze’s Her could be a reality by 2029

February 20, 2014

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Source: Film — February 19, 2014 | Angie Han

If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like AI could be available as early as 2029.

Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020. [...]

The Vancouver Sun | Album of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

May 28, 2014

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Source: The Vancouver Sun — May 27, 2014 | Francois Marchand

The track climaxes in club-worthy apotheosis and leads directly into the fantastic titular number “Do It Again,” a bombastic anthem where Robyn sings, “Don’t care what they say. It hurts so good.”

This is where the symbiosis between Royksopp and Robyn conjures the idea that Ray Kurzweil’s singularity is really upon us. [...]

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Source: Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

LiveScience | Solar power to rule in 20 years, futurists say

February 19, 2008

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Source: LiveScience — February 19, 2008 | Robin Lloyd

[...] Ray Kurzweil is part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth’s people in 20 years. There is 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as the field of solar energy is going to… read more

io9 | Can Ray Kurzweil’s rosy predictions stand up to fact-checking?

June 1, 2009

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Source: io9 — June 1, 2009 | Charlie Jane Anders

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible… One of Kurzweil’s arguments in his defense: he predicted the Internet would “take off” in the late 1980s, when few people believed that.

(Actually, a lot of college campuses and even some high schools were actively on the net in the late 1980s, and you already had networks of FTP sites and Gophers and so on.) On the… read more

Montecito Journal | Ray Kurzweil: the ultimate thinking machine

March 1, 2012

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Source: Montecito Journal — March 1, 2012 | James Buckley

He is a visionary, an inventor (the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first music synthesizer that could recreate the keys of a grand piano), an entrepreneur, and has been described as a “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal. He is also a New York Times best-selling author.

Ray has been credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet… read more

Computerworld | Kurzweil: Brains will extend to the cloud

October 3, 2012

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Source: Computerworld — October 3, 2012

Human brains will someday extend into the cloud, futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted at the DEMO conference here on Tuesday.

Moreover, he said, it will become possible to selectively erase pieces of our memories, while retaining some portions of them, to be able to learn new things no matter how old the person is.

“The brain doesn’t grow much from a very young age,” he… read more

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