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Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Source: Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

Wired | Kurzweil: Rooting for the machine

November 3, 2000

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Source: Wired — November 3, 2000 | Declan McCullagh

Raymond Kurzweil doesn’t merely predict that machine intelligence will surpass human brains by the end of the century. He’s eagerly anticipating it. In a Kurzweillian future, the world would become a very strange place, where converging advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology and computer science combine to propel humanity to its next stage of evolution.

“By the end of this century, I don’t think there will be a… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Source: Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

PBS Need to Know | Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change

February 16, 2011

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Source: PBS Need to Know — February 16, 2011 | Lauren Feeney

Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously and accurately predicted that a computer would beat a man at chess by 1998, that technologies that help spread information would accelerate the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that a worldwide communications network would emerge in the mid 1990s (i.e. the Internet).

Most of Kurzweil’s prognostications are derived from his law of accelerating returns — the idea that information technologies progress… read more

Vice | Ray Kurzweil — that Singularity guy

April 14, 2009

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Source: Vice — April 14, 2009 | Rocco Castoro

In the year 2050, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanoscopic robots will be zooming throughout our capillaries, transforming us into nonbiological humans.

We will be able to absorb and retain the entirety of the universe’s knowledge, eat as much as we want without gaining weight, shape-shift into just about any physical form imaginable, live free from disease, and die at the time of our choosing.

All of this will be thrust on us… read more

NRF Retail's Big Blog | Goosebumps, giggles and gadgets: Mike Gatti’s top 5 Super Bowl commercials

February 6, 2012

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Source: NRF Retail's Big Blog — February 6, 2012 | Kathy Grannis

The Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) found 25.8 percent of people planned to tune in strictly for the commercials.

To dish out his own thoughts on the winners of last night’s mega-expensive, ultra-territorial Super Bowl commercial showdown, RAMA’s Executive Director Mike Gatti, in his third annual “Top 5 Commercials” blog post, puts a few things into perspective.

Check out his top picks below:

Best Buy —  Best Buy’s “Innovators” brings… read more

Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Source: Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 10, 2014

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Source: Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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Source: The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

Igloo Animations | What is singularity in one minute with Ray Kurzweil

March 25, 2014

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Igloo Animations | This audio is taken from documentary film Transcendent Man. Igloo cut the audio to explain what the technological singularity is, in one minute.

Igloo Animations creates multimedia content. Established by director Trevor Courtney, Igloo is an award-winning animation studio and created Gimme the Short Version, which makes complex topics easy to digest, presents information clearly and simply and informs with bite-size visual chunks.

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