Big Think | The singularity of Ray Kurzweil

August 12, 2013

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Big Think — August 12, 2013 | Nicholas Clairmont

Ray Kurzweil is on a mission. He is famous for, among other things, predicting the technological singularity. The singularity will be achieved at the time when the exponential growth of the power of computers and technology hits such a speed that it fundamentally changes the world, and humans’ role in it.

It is not a prediction of doom, though. Kurzweil predicts that we will be neurologically… read more

PhysOrg | The world according to Itskov: futurists convene at GF2045

August 9, 2013

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PhysOrg — August 9, 2013 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on transhumanism, a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology.

Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality,  and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals… read more

Haaretz | Technology will never replace memory, says Israeli Guinness record holder

August 8, 2013

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Haaretz — August 8, 2013 | Ayelett Shani

Writer and lecturer Eran Katz holds the record for memory exercises. In his new book, he explains how simple techniques can make us all memory whizzes.

Doesn’t technological progress make all those techniques superfluous? Is there still any significance to memorization? Are you familiar with the argument of futurist Ray Kurzweil? He claims we no longer have any need for memory based on memorization. But in the… read more

The Huffington Post | New film the final moments of Karl Brant explores the singularity

August 6, 2013

The Huffington Post — August 6, 2013 | Joan Sweeny

The story is set in the near future where experimental technology enables a neurologist and two detectives to digitally resurrect a murder victim in order to question him about his final moments.

In Wilson’s words: “I was influenced by the theories of Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and digital immortality and curious to see how the law will deal with the situations that arise from it.… read more

Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension

August 6, 2013

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Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci

Some experts believe aging ultimately will be conquered by engineers and computer scientists rather than biomedical researchers.

Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | End of aging within reach, experts say

August 5, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 5, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Most forward-thinking scientists believe the goal to end aging is technologically achievable, and it could be reached in time to benefit many people alive today. “I am working on immortality,” says UC Irvine’s Michael Rose, who has achieved breakthrough results extending the lives of fruit flies.

“There are many components of aging and we are chipping away at all of them,” added Robert… read more

CNET | Why the Moto X is a Google moon shot

August 2, 2013

CNET — August 2, 2013 | Dan Farber

Google has long focused its engineering resources on artificial intelligence. In December 2012, the company hired AI pioneer Ray Kurzweil to work on getting computers to converse more intelligently with humans, and the company is also using large-scale neural networks, which mimic how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, Google’s AI moon shot is for its brain to pass the Turing test, proof that a machine has… read more

Details | The godfather Ray Kurzweil: 65

August 1, 2013

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Details — August 2013 | Alex French

View of the future: Within 20 years, we will have millions of nanobots inside our bodies that will augment our immune system, enabling a life virtually free of disease.

By 2045, we will make, or become, a machine more intelligent than humans, a theory known as the technological singularity. This will enable us to bring back deceased loved ones using their DNA and personal items. Kurzweil plans… read more

The Washington Post | Starbucks, Google and the future of work

August 1, 2013

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The Washington Post — August 1, 2013 | Dominic Basulto

A generation from now, the idea of going to the office may become very quaint. As with any shift in society, such as the rise of the mobile “officeless office,” you can choose to view the glass as half-full or half-empty. You can pine for the demise of the cubicle and corner office, seeing it as a further erosion of middle-class life in America.

Or, you… read more

Image and Data Manager | Ray Kurzweil keynotes Kodak Global Directions 2013

July 17, 2013

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Image and Data Manager — July 17, 2013

Kurzweil is uniquely qualified to discuss new approaches to information management. He was recently named Director of Engineering at Google and is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventors of our time. PBS honored Kurzweil as one of “16 Revolutionaries Who Made America.”

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer of our industry,” said Dolores Kruchten, President, Document Imaging and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Without his… read more

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