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Information Week | Voice Dream Reader affordable TTS for disabled users

May 15, 2013

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Source: Information Week — May 15, 2013 | David F. Carr

Text-to-voice technology has a long history. The famed technologist Ray Kurzweil created an early reading software product in 1976, which in 1996 led to the founding of Kurzweil Educational Systems, a leading maker of reading software for PCs and Macs.

However, the Kurzweil software costs as much as $1,500 a seat, while some of the other PC-based text-to-speech products cost $50 to $70, Chen said. “We charge… read more

Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Ersatz brings “deep neural networks” to the masses

May 15, 2013

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Source: Virtual-Strategy Magazine — May 15, 2013

Ersatz is the perfect tool for those interested in making more accurate predictions on highly complex time-series datasets. This product is essential for just about any company where the accuracy of predictions makes a big difference to the bottom line.

As far as competitive landscape, Google is perhaps the most important player in this developing market. They already use deep learning techniques for voice recognition in… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s

May 14, 2013

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Source: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — May 14, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

We currently fight heart disease with drugs that reduce cholesterol buildup; but with new technologies predicted for the 2020s, we will simply grow new veins or hearts where necessary. In fact, nearly all of our organs, bones, muscles, hair, and skin can be replaced as these new procedures become available.

Ray Kurzweil, in his best-selling book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, confirmed that we… read more

The Independent | Review: Inferno Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

May 14, 2013

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Source: The Independent — May 14, 2013 | Boyd Tonkin

Inferno grafts the artificial-plague motif onto the biology and ideology of population control and the heretical science of the “Transhumanist” movement. This updated variant of eugenics believes that humanity must take control of its own evolution.

Many SF authors, along with outlier scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, have long pondered such a utopian, or dystopian, future. But thanks to Inferno, the neo-Malthusians, the “Population Apocalypse Equation”, and even… read more

Cambridge Healthtech Institute | The last first base

May 13, 2013

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Source: Cambridge Healthtech Institute — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Davies, PhD

Rather than reflect on the ups and downs of the past 11 years, let me simply lay out some of my most vivid memories from my perch at Bio-IT World: 

Best Keynote: Lander in 2002? Ray Kurzweil? Stephen Wolfram? Venter, Collins, Berners-Lee? I can’t pick. But I would give special commendation to BioTeam cofounder Chris Dagdigian’s annual unofficial fourth keynote, “Trends from the Trenches.” [...]

Mother Jones | Who will own our future robot overlords?

May 13, 2013

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Source: Mother Jones — May 13, 2013 | Kevin Drum

Robots! That’s the topic of my latest piece in the current issue of the magazine. I’ve blogged on this subject a fair amount, but this is the first time I’ve tried to put everything together and explain what I really think robotics is likely to mean over the next few decades.

Some of you are going to nod right along, some of you are going to think I’m… read more

PolicyMic | 10 ways Google Glass will change us — whether we’re ready or not

May 13, 2013

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Source: PolicyMic — May 13, 2013 | Geoffrey Hoffman

The singularity is (almost) here: Ray Kurzweil, Google’s current engineering director, has written extensively about the “singularity,” the point where mankind and computers merge. Although Google Glass is not the singularity, it really does bring us closer to that (fateful, terrifying, dreaded, utopian, pick an adjective) day.

I do not mean to be overly optimistic in thinking about the potential of Google Glass. It will have positive benefits… read more

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

May 12, 2013

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Source: 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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Digital Tonto | The Singularity: apocalypse or nerd rapture?

May 11, 2013

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Source: Digital Tonto — May 11, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in The Terminator it is the moment when computers take over, but rather than killing us off the machines enhance us.

Some have called the Singularity a nerd rapture. Its prophet is Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence and the new Director of… read more

Monolith | When Google hired Ray Kurzweil

May 10, 2013

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Source: Monolith — May 10, 2013 | Elliott King

Most recently, he has been appointed director of engineering at Google, a position that enables him to manage new projects involving machine learning and natural language integration and understanding. Directly applicable to the public face of Google, Kurzweil will become a pivotal factor in creating an even more rigorous search engine that was capable of analysing and interpreting semantic content used in digital language.

He could… read more

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