TechCrunch | Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, is building your cybernetic friend

January 6, 2013

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TechCrunch — January 6, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein

World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.

“I envision in some years that the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking,” he said at an intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus.… read more

The New York Times | Keep calm and carry on buying

March 9, 2013

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The New York Times — March 9, 2013 | Evgeny Morozov

A future of frictionless, continuous shopping fits with Google’s vision for a world where we no longer need to search for anything, since we ourselves are perpetually monitored, with the relevant product or information sent to us based on perceived need. “Autonomous search,” they call it.

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, even wants to give us a “cybernetic friend” that could satisfy our… read more

Forbes | Interview: How Ray Kurzweil plans to revolutionize search at Google

April 29, 2013

Forbes — April 29, 2013 | Robert Hof

When Google announced in January that Ray Kurzweil would be joining the company, a lot of people wondered why the phenomenally accomplished entrepreneur and futurist would want to work for a large company he didn’t start.

Kurzweil’s answer: No one but Google could provide the kind of computing and engineering resources he needed to fulfill his life’s work. Ever since age 14, the 65-year-old inventor of everything from music synthesizers to… read more

PBS Newshour | Why we’re teaching computers to help treat cancer

May 12, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 12, 2015

PBS Newshour | Every day, we depend on artificial intelligence to help us make sense of a steady deluge of information. AI helps the post office to sort its mail, Wall Street to make financial decisions and physicians to diagnose patients. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how tech firms are investing in the next generation of intelligent computer programs and in what ways the technology still lags behind humans.… read more

Media Post | Because of Uber, self-driving cars will be everywhere and soon

August 31, 2015

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Media Post — August 28, 2015 | Kaila Colbin

Bill Gates thinks Uber has the best shot at dominating the autonomous vehicle industry. I’ve become little obsessed with exponentially accelerating technology of late. I spent a week at Singularity University, fully indoctrinated into the cult of inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

As long as Uber is around, flush with cash and hugely ambitious, autonomous vehicles will continue their doubling trend, ultimately becoming better than driver vehicles and much… read more

National Inventors Hall of Fame | Kurzweil Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2002


National Inventors Hall of Fame — May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 16, 2002. He was recognized for the invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and other significant inventions.

Father of the Kurzweil Reading Machine Helped the Blind While Reshaping Information Technology for the World

Imagine enabling the blind to “read” ordinary printed materials, along the way pioneering information technologies that profoundly impact how the world processes information for decades to come.… read more

The Telepraph | An artificially intelligent future: Ray Kurzweil on engineering the brain

November 28, 2012

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The Telepraph — November 28, 2012 | Roger Highfield

Ray Kurzweil foresees a disease-free world where no one ages and artificial brains make machines human-like — and he is not one to get things wrong. He is a pioneer, exploring a hinterland that lies just beyond the horizon of current possibilities; a twilight zone between science fact and fiction, between predictions rooted in existing technology and the wildest lunatic speculation.

Ray Kurzweil is an American… read more

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

June 18, 2013

The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

By 2045, humans will achieve digital immortality by uploading their minds to computers, or at least that’s what some futurists believe. This notion formed the basis for the Global Futures 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference held here June 14-15.

The conference, which is the brainchild of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, fell somewhere between hardcore science and science fiction. It featured a diverse cast of speakers,… read more

Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 17, 2014

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Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

Discovery News | Futurist Ray Kurzweil joins Google: DNews nugget

December 17, 2012

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Discovery News — Decemeber 17, 2012 | DNews editors

Ray Kurzweil is more than an inventor. Sure, he gave us the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

But Kurzweil is more than that. He is keenly focused on… read more

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