SmartPlanet | Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, artificial intelligence and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil tool to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his new book on human thought, How to Create a Mind, and the various themes that stem from it. Their talk was varied and at times… read more

CNET | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, AI, and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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CNET — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

The inventor and author speaks onstage at the Techonomy conference in Tucson about his new book on human thought and the themes that stem from it.

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil took to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his… read more

The Huffington Post | Kurzweil at Techonomy: artificial intelligence is empowering all of humanity

November 12, 2012

The Huffington Post — November 12, 2012 | Adrienne Burke

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards. He’s also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of humans and computers, which he describes in his book The Singularity Is Near. And in a forthcoming book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

Reason | Here comes artificial intelligence: Ray Kurzweil’s new book imagines man-made minds

November 13, 2012

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Reason — November 13, 2012 | Matthew Feeney

The ongoing acceleration in technology has prompted serious discussions of AI, including the possibility that the “Singularity” — the creation of a greater-than-human intelligence — might occur.

In his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, the futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that we can expect the Singularity by 2045 and that superintelligences will eventually colonize vast swathes of galaxies.

In his latest book, How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil argues… read more

The Washington Post | Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce

November 15, 2012

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The Washington Post — November 15, 2012 | Vivek Wadhwa

Singularity University, on the grounds of the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, abounds in optimism, and, as Singularity’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, I have understandably caught the bug.

I have written about why I believe this will be the most innovative decade in human history, how we are headed for an era of abundant and affordable health care, and how robotics, artificial intelligence and… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Head in the cloud

November 16, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — November 16, 2012 | Ronald Bailey

Our increasing knowledge of neuroscience may eventually allows us to replicate our brains online. Ronald Bailey reviews Jesse J. Prinz’s Beyond Human Nature and Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind.

Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature? Yes indeed, say the authors of Beyond Human Nature and How to Create a Mind. In the first book, Jesse… read more

Slate | This is your brain on neural implants

November 16, 2012

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Slate — November 16, 2012 | Ray Kurzweil

Are you still you if devices improve your memory, attention span, and other cognitive skills?

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today’s. While you are sleeping, some group scans your brain and picks up every salient detail. Perhaps they do this with blood cell sized scanning machines traveling in the capillaries of your brain or with some other suitable noninvasive technology, but… read more

Business Insider | Here’s what futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks life will be like in the next 20 years

November 18, 2012

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Business Insider — November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him ”the ultimate thinking machine.”

With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we’ll all be reconstituted… read more

SmartPlanet | When brain implants arrive, will we still be us?

November 19, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 19, 2012 | Reena Jana

What happens when non-biological implants in our bodies — along the lines of cochlear implants to improve hearing in the deaf — include brain-related devices that might enhance our memories? Will we still be “us”? Will we be more of a cyborg than we were if, say, we had another type of implant? And for those who believe we would not be, at what point do we… read more

Greg Laden's Blog | Kurzweil: How to create a mind

November 20, 2012

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Greg Laden's Blog — November 20, 2012 | Greg Laden

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed is Ray Kurzweil’s latest book. You may know of him as the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil is a “futurist” and has a reputation as being one of the greatest thinkers of our age, as well as being one of the greatest hucksters of the age, depending on whom you ask.… read more

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