Bloomberg | Google’s new AI can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life

June 25, 2015

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Bloomberg — June 25, 2015 | Jack Clark

The search giant Google has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant.

The research is part of a larger effort within Google to develop conversational AI tools.

Deep Mind, a Google research group in London, has created an AI capable of learning how to play video games without instructions. Geoff Hinton, a distinguished researcher at Google, is working on what’s known as thought vectors, which distill… read more

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 Wall Street Journal | Google’s Ray Kurzweil envisions new era of search

February 4, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 4, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

Within five to eight years, search engines will start to appear much more human-like, according to Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil.

They will respond to long and complex questions, understand the meaning of the documents that they are searching, and be on the look-out for information they think might be useful to people. [...]

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… 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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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

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Graduates face new worlds they aren’t ready for

May 12, 2013

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier — May 12, 2013 | Scott Cawelti

More positively, breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology that will create or clone humans who live virtually forever, if they can afford and endure it. Humans who are more machine than human, as Ray Kurzweil explores in his book The Singularity Is Near.

Machines that outthink, outlive, and outmaneuver us at every turn. Siri, anyone? And other events too bizarre to even imagine, but

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Tech Radar | Great tech innovators, Ray Kurzweil

May 31, 2015

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Tech Radar — May 31, 2015 | Darren Allan

Innovation is the life blood of technology, driving our lives onwards and upwards and steadily seeping into all aspects of our lives. And behind that innovation lays some truly great names — some familiar and some less so, as people bring their minds to bear on solving the biggest problems on the planet, or simply making things more fun.

Tech Radar has picked out the people we believe are… read more

TED | Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED 2014

March 20, 2014

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What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies and minds be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In session 8 of TED 2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow.

Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text, and audio technology. He is revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of… read more

The Coeur d' Alene Press | He sees the future and it’s amazing

January 28, 2014

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The Coeur d' Alene Press — January 28, 2014 | Sholeh Patrick

Move over, Nostradamus. Ray’s taking over as top prognosticator.

Kurzweil predicted when an internet would become central to daily life — back in the 1980s when few believed him. He predicted with startling accuracy when a computer could beat a world chess champion — eight years before it happened. But he also predicted the dismantling of the Soviet Union. What does Google’s genius clairvoyant say is coming? [...]… 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

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