Time | 2045: The year man becomes immortal

February 10, 2011

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Time — February 10, 2011 | Lev Grossman

By that time Kurzweil was thinking about the Singularity too. He’d been busy since his appearance on I’ve Got a Secret. He’d made several fortunes as an engineer and inventor; he founded and then sold his first software company while he was still at MIT.

He went on to build the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind — Stevie Wonder was customer No. 1 — and… read more

American Public Media Marketplace | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the computers that will live in our brains

May 3, 2013

American Public Media Marketplace — May 3, 2013 | Kai Ryssdal

Shares of Google closed at $845.72 in New York today, up almost 2 percent. It’s been a pretty big week for the company. Google Now, a voice-activated search assistant, launched on iPhone this week. And the wearable computer Google Glass has been getting a lot of press.

Pretty much everything Google’s doing is changing the way we think about and get our information. What’s all that… read more

Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

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Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a… read more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 20, 2014

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Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… 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

Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 4, 2013

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Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

Forward | A rabbi and a futurist trade words of wisdom

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November 6, 2015

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Forward — November 4, 2015 | Josh Nathan Kazis

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, the Aleph Society, spoke on stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

They talked about evil and progress, then the audience went upstairs for cocktails. Steinsaltz is a writer on religious principles, Jewish theorist, and a popular university and radio commentator.

Kurzweil is a prolific inventor and writer, known for his predictions about technology, who brought his kids… read more

TechCrunch | Yes Gmail users have some privacy, here’s what you can expect

August 14, 2013

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TechCrunch — August 14, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein

Google can share your data across services, such as maps and docs. Google’s new Director Of Engineering, futurist Ray Kurzweil, told me that he wants to build a search engine that knows what users want before they do.

In order to give you up-to-date traffic directions on your commute, shopping recommendations, and tailored search answers, it’s helpful to know where you live, where you… 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

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