Most Recently Added Most commentedBy Title | Z-A

Democrat and Chronicle | Ra Ra Riot is pushing its sound

May 31, 2013

Democrat and Chronicle logo

Source: Democrat and Chronicle — May 31, 2013 | Jeff Spevak

There is a temptation here to present Ra Ra Riot as some kind of intellectual pop hothouse of futuristic ideas, discussing the artificial intelligence predictions of Ray Kurzweil and the sci-fi futurist writings of William Gibson while riding from gig to gig in the tour bus. “It has happened,” says violinist Rebecca Zeller. “Probably more in the van than in the bus.”

To… read more

Pitchfork | Ra Ra Riot Beta Love

January 21, 2013

Pitchfork logo

Source: Pitchfork — January 21, 2013 | Harley Brown

Along with a lyrical focus inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which the band had been reading before they made the album, Ra Ra Riot incorporated more keyboards and synthesizers into many of the songs on Beta Love. This new technology-informed attitude represents a necessary change for a band known mostly for one thing.

The keyboards stabbing at Beta Love opener “Dance With Me” set the tone for… read more

South by Southwest | Ra Ra Riot

March 12, 2013

South by Southwest 2013 logo

Source: South by Southwest — March 12, 2013

The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup,… read more

The Press of Atlantic City | R&B star Janelle Monae brings new album and androids to Borgata

January 30, 2014

The Press of Atlantic City logo

Source: The Press of Atlantic City — January 30, 2014 | Robert DiGiacomo

Janelle Monae plans to make a memorable first impression for her Atlantic City debut.

The androids serve as a vehicle through which Monae, whose work is influenced by futurist Ray Kurzweil and director Spike Jonze (Her), can explore societal issues, such as the marginalization of people of color, the poor and other oppressed minorities. [...]

Next Big Future | Quantum machine learning singularity from Google, Kurzweil and D-Wave?

May 16, 2013

Next Big Future logo

Source: Next Big Future — May 16, 2013 | Brian Wang

Quantum Machine Learning Singularity from Google, Kurzweil and Dwave?

Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field of artificial intelligence, joined Google late last year. Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proponent of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being. Add to this Google’s revelation that it is using techniques of deep learning to produce an… read more

Push Square | Quantic Dream is already working on a game for PS4

March 21, 2013

Push Square logo

Source: Push Square — March 21, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream may have only fully raised the curtain on its PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls earlier this afternoon, but it’s already looking to the next generation.

In an interview with Eurogamer.net, the Parisian studio confirmed that it has started development on an “innovative” PlayStation 4 title, and we’re guessing that it stars that scary old man from last month’s PlayStation Meeting.

Fondaumière said that the developer’s… read more

Las Vegas Weekly | Q&A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Google, reverse engineering the brain and more

January 23, 2013

Las Vegas Weekly logo

Source: Las Vegas Weekly — January 23, 2013 | Mark Adams

I know you were recently snatched up by Google. What are you working on at the moment?

I’ll be working on enabling computers to understand natural language. When you write a news article or a blog post you’re not just creating a bag of words, you’re creating semantic meaning. It’s remarkable how search works, but it could be even more powerful if it understood the key… read more

Businessweek | Q&A with Kurzweil’s Ray Kurzweil

February 23, 1998

BusinessWeek logo

Source: Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge

Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more

Singularity Hub | Q&A with filmmaker Jason Silva as he preaches the philosophy of the Singularity

December 30, 2011

Singularity Hub new logo

Source: Singularity Hub — December 30, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that is storming through the Singularity community. He recently spoke at this year’s Singularity Summit in New York, and is popping up all over the media world with appearances in the Economist, Smartread more

EIN News | President Obama was never born at all (humor)

October 26, 2011

EIN News logo

Source: EIN News — October 26, 2011 | Joe Rothstein

The first piece of the puzzle is hidden within a book entitled The Singularity Is Near, by a card-carrying futurist named Ray Kurzweil. The subtitle, and this is extremely important: When Humans Transcend Biology.

The Singularity Is Near makes the case that laboratory-created artificial intelligence will merge with biological evolution in such a way that, to put it in lay terms, robots will take over the world. Biological evolution… read more

close and return to Home