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Forbes | Interview: How Ray Kurzweil plans to revolutionize search at Google

April 29, 2013

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Source: Forbes — April 29, 2013 | Robert Hof

When Google announced in January that Ray Kurzweil would be joining the company, a lot of people wondered why the phenomenally accomplished entrepreneur and futurist would want to work for a large company he didn’t start.

Kurzweil’s answer: No one but Google could provide the kind of computing and engineering resources he needed to fulfill his life’s work. Ever since age 14, the 65-year-old inventor of everything from music synthesizers to… read more

PolicyMic | Ray Kurzweil: Artificial intelligence will save humans from ourselves

April 29, 2013

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Source: PolicyMic — April 29, 2013 | Michael McCutcheon

Ray Kurzweil is a best-selling author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

PolicyMic editor Michael McCutcheon recently spoke with Ray Kurzweil about how technology and artificial intelligence can and should be used to address climate change and save the planet.… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Source: Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… read more

Business Insider | Google is working on a search system that can understand your emotions

April 25, 2013

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Source: Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey

Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some ambitious plans for search at Google.

Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.

“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords,… read more

BetaBeat | Ray Kurzweil sees no reason why he should accept death

April 25, 2013

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Source: BetaBeat — April 25, 2013 | Kelly Faircloth

Ray Kurzweil’s official title at Google is director of engineering, but we’re starting to suspect Larry keeps him around as a kind of science-fictional mascot for the programmers. Case in point: This Wired Q&A, in which he reminds everyone of his belief that one day soon, death will hold no dominion over technologists.

After chatting about Steve Jobs (fun fact, it’s actually impossible to get into the Wired offices without passing a brief… read more

Wired | How Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain

April 25, 2013

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Source: Wired — April 25, 2013 | Steven Levy

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year. Nonetheless, the hiring raised some eyebrows, since Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proselytizer 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… read more

NBC News Cosmic Log | Space X’s Elon Musk and friends look to the far future: Engage warp drive!

April 23, 2013

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Source: NBC News Cosmic Log — April 23, 2013 | Alan Boyle

What will the far future look like? For actor Will Smith and his son Jaden, the next generation could mark a “tipping point” for the environment.

For futurist Ray Kurzweil, solar power is the solution to our energy ills. But for a look at the really far future, turn to Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

He’s already thinking about spreading out from Earth to… read more

MIT Technology Review | Deep learning

April 23, 2013

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Source: MIT Technology Review — April 23, 2013 | Robert D. Hof

With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn’t looking for a job. A respected inventor who’s become a machine-intelligence futurist, Kurzweil wanted to discuss his upcoming book How to Create a Mind.

He told Page, who had read an early draft,… read more

That's Really Possible | Transcendence movie features real future predictions

April 16, 2013

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Source: That's Really Possible — April 16, 2013 | Glyn Taylor

Transcendence, a 2014 movie produced by Christopher Nolan, features events which are predicted by many scientists and futurists as likely to occur in reality within the first half of this century. The predictions featured include those subscribed to by Ray Kurzweil, Hugo de Garis, and Jason Silva.

Ray Kurzweil’s predictions: The technological singularity, often called simply the singularity, is most notably predicted by famed futurist Ray… read more

The Orion | Google engineer talks tech

April 16, 2013

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Source: The Orion — April 16, 2013 | Christine Lee

Inventor, author and director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil lectured about how advancing technology impacts business, the economy and society.

Kurzweil presented a brief biography of himself, then dove right into his lecture, which highlighted the impacts of technology and how students can become successful inventing with technology today. Kurzweil first points out the significant changes in technology by pulling out his cell phone, which was strapped… read more

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