New Books in Brief | A summary of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

November 27, 2012

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New Books in Brief — November 27, 2012

When IBM’s Deep Blue defeated humanity’s greatest chess player Gary Kasparov in 1997 it marked a major turning point in the progress of artificial intelligence (AI). A still more impressive turning point in AI was achieved in 2011 when another creation of IBM named Watson defeated Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at their own game.

As time marches on and technology advances we can easily envision… read more

Memeburn | Google Glass’ real promise is among the elderly

May 2, 2013

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Memeburn — May 2, 2013 | Tom Foremski

Google’s rush to Google Glass makes perfect sense, if you consider that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are 40, and 39 years old, respectively. With every day they have more and more in common with 60 year-olds than with 20 year-olds. Google Glass is an exercise in future-comforting their old age.

And so is the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, it’s to ensure that Google’s founders get a front… read more

Gizmodo | Don’t worry about the chrimbo flab, Ray Kurzweil says we’ll soon be able to switch off our fat cells

December 31, 2013

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Gizmodo — December 31, 2013 | Gary Cutlack

Ray Kurzweil, a man who has a lucky habit of guessing things about the future that usually turn out to be on the money, believes we’re on the cusp of extending our lives even further, thanks to nanobots and the looming ability to deactivate our body’s ability to store fat.

Kurzweil’s fantastic timeline sees mankind develop the ability to deactivate human fat cells by the year 2020, shutting… read more

The Wall Street Journal | What the singularity will mean at the office

February 6, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 6, 2014 | Rachael King

According to Ray Kurzweil, within the next few decades the accelerating pace of technological development could create intelligent machines and alter our relationship with technology.

In science fiction the future is often depicted as a dystopian future where robots become self-aware and take over the world. Usually there’s a handful of people fighting for the survival of the human race. [...]

Knovel | The Singularity is nearer, Google appoints Ray Kurzweil as Director Of Engineering

December 18, 2012

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Knovel — December 18, 2012

Staff working at Google who think that the new Director of Engineering looks slightly familiar may not be too far off the mark, after the internet search giant announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil for the position.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the acclaimed futurist and author of The Singularity Is Near, has been brought in to the company to work on a number of engineering research… read more

Mobiledia | Mind versus machine: computers that think like us

August 21, 2013

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Mobiledia — August 21, 2013 | Kat Ascharya

IBM has long experimented with cognitive computing, having first created Watson and now neural-synaptic chips. But rivals like Google are getting into the game, as well, hiring inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil last year as a director of engineering.

Kurzweil, who invented the flatbed scanner and commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, is known as one of technology’s foremost proponents of artificial intelligence. He believes machines can, and will,… read more

International Business Times | Where to watch Google I/O 2014 live stream of tech giant’s big annual event

June 25, 2014

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International Business Times — June 25, 2014 | Thomas Halleck

While many Google I/O 2014 sessions are targeted at software developers, several of them may interest the general Google, science or technology fan.

Scientist Ray Kurzweil will host a talk on artificial intelligence at I/O 2014 called “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence,” which Google will live stream worldwide. [...]

The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

March 23, 2015

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The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

CNNMoney | The best advice I ever got: Ray Kurzweil

October 25, 2012

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CNNMoney — October 25, 2012

Futurist, inventor, author: In 1978, Xerox became interested in Kurzweil Computer Products and made an investment in my company. In 1979 they expressed interest in acquiring it. They were interested in the scanning and character-recognition technology. Xerox was in the printer business, and they had a lot of machines: copiers, printers that took computerized information and put it out onto paper.

We had a technology that could… read more

Forbes | How technology changes the skills we need to learn

September 28, 2013

Forbes — September 28, 2013 | Greg Satell

In How To Create A Mind, Ray Kurzweil estimates that the human brain can recognize 100,000 patterns. In its first year as a med student, Watson learned 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text and 1.5 million patient records. [...]

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