Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 21, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

USA Today | A.I. expert Ray Kurzweil picks computer in “Jeopardy!” match

February 9, 2011

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USA Today — February 9, 2011 | Sam Meddis

When the IBM computer called “Watson” faces off against past “Jeopardy” champs on Monday (February 14,2011), no one will be watching more intently than inventor Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority on the future of artificial intelligence. Based on his calculations of the accelerating rate of growth of computing power, Kurzweil in the 1980s predicted that a computer would defeat a… read more

The Verge | Obama plans decade-long research effort to map the human brain and explore consciousness

February 18, 2013

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The Verge — February 18, 2013 | T.C. Sottek

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration plans to spearhead a scientific effort over the next decade that aims to build a comprehensive map of activity in the human brain. The effort will reportedly involve scientists from federal agencies and private foundations that will work together to advance our understanding of perception, actions, and consciousness.

The Times says that the project seeks to accomplish the same level of… read more

The Huffington Post | New film the final moments of Karl Brant explores the singularity

August 6, 2013

The Huffington Post — August 6, 2013 | Joan Sweeny

The story is set in the near future where experimental technology enables a neurologist and two detectives to digitally resurrect a murder victim in order to question him about his final moments.

In Wilson’s words: “I was influenced by the theories of Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and digital immortality and curious to see how the law will deal with the situations that arise from it.… read more

The New York Times | Trying to outrace scientific advances — Almost Human on Fox police show based in the future

November 15, 2013

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The New York Times — November 15, 2013 | Hugh Hart

Mr. Wyman added that his series’s premise draws on the “Singularity” theories of the futurist Ray Kurzweil, who forecasts the merging of flesh, blood and minuscule nanobot devices into self-healing man-machine hybrids.

“Kurzweil talks about how, if you had cancer, you could get a pill the size of a marble containing hundreds of tiny computers programmed to attack your cancer cells,” Mr. Wyman said. “By dinner time, you… read more

The Wall Street Journal | WSJ Magazine: the columnists for November 2014

October 30, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — October 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: the future. Columnist Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, futurist and author.

LiveScience | Intelligent robots will overtake humans by 2100, experts say

May 6, 2013

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LiveScience — May 6, 2013 | Tia Ghose

In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Viking, 2005), futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that computers will be as smart as humans by 2029, and that by 2045, “computers will be billions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence,” Kurzweil wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.

Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid… read more

The Huffington Post | Mind uploading and digital immortality may be reality by 2045, futurists say

June 18, 2013

The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to Swamis and other spiritual leaders.

In the year 2045: Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence, an event known as the singularity.

Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential… read more

The Boston Globe | How to Create a Mind, The Light of Amsterdam, Because I Said So!

December 8, 2012

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The Boston Globe — December 8, 2012 | Kate Tuttle

If you met a non-biological intelligent entity, one that demonstrated convincingly human-like emotional responses (it could laugh and cry, tell a joke, and argue), would you accept it as a conscious being, more or less equivalent to a person? Ray Kurzweil says he would, and much of his latest book focuses on trying to persuade readers to abandon long-held beliefs about the unique value of the human… read more

The Hindu Business Line | AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 22, 2015

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The Hindu Business Line — June 22, 2015 | Vinson Kurian

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.… read more

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