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The Easton Journal | Planning for human immortality

March 25, 2013

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Source: The Easton Journal — March 25, 2013 | David W. Wheeler

When futurist-inventor Ray Kurzweil says something, I pay attention. So I was pleasantly surprised when, in a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine, Kurzweil said he expects humans will live forever.

The Director of Engineering for Google and inventor of the Kurzweil speech recognition software used by thousands of schools, Ray Kurzweil is also known for making bold – and uncannily accurate – predictions… read more

MediaPost | Knowledge Graph, Satori, and Unicorn

March 21, 2013

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Source: MediaPost — March 21, 2013 | Laurie Sullivan

Tying together multiple profiles and networks to serve up information about a person, a place or a thing creates challenges for search engines. It’s like stringing or graphing together an underlying net below the surface of the Web to connect all things throughout the world. It is based on the relationship between entities or links.

Google created the Knowledge Graph, which will become the backbone for… read more

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

March 21, 2013

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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

io9 | Will we survive our technology?

March 21, 2013

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Source: io9 — March 21, 2013 | George Dvorsky

Our technologies are becoming more powerful with each passing year, and with an eerie regularity. This has led some to believe that we’re hurtling towards a sort of nexus point, the so-called Singularity. Looking to explore this possibility, director Doug Wolens recently put together a fascinating documentary on the subject. We spoke to him to learn more about his new film — and what the Singularity could… read more

The Huffington Post | The digital revolution is over or not

March 21, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — March 21, 2013 | Oren Frank

If we zoom out, one can argue that although information and knowledge are more accessible than ever before, it did not stop almost half of Americans from voting for a party that was founded in the 19th century and has made little progress since.

Robber barons use Bloomberg and Bombardiers instead of snail mail and horses, and for 50 years we fly Boeings below the speed… read more

The Verge | How Larry Page and the Knowledge Graph helped Ray Kurzweil decide to join Google

March 20, 2013

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Source: The Verge — March 20, 2013 | Nathan Ingraham

It’s been a few months since noted author, futurist and AI guru Ray Kurzweil joined Google, and Singularity Hub has interviewed him to catch up on how his machine learning projects are going thus far.

While Kurzweil said his projects haven’t progressed too far at this point, he did reveal some details on how he ended up at Google in the first place.

Following the release of How To Createread more

GigaOM | It’s not Skynet yet: in machine learning there’s still a role for humans

March 20, 2013

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Source: GigaOM — March 20, 2013 | Ki Mae Heussner

If you’ve ever seen any of The Terminator films, you’re familiar with Skynet, the self-aware computing system at odds with humanity. But, even though a perception persists that machines can increasingly solve complex problems and process large amounts of data on their own, machine learning experts say humans still play a very important role.

Human intervention is critical at multiple layers, from choosing the algorithms to apply to… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview: Ray Kurzweil discusses his first two months at Google

March 19, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — March 19, 2013 | David J. Hill

In another exclusive interview with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil provides an update about his first two months as Director of Engineering at Google. During the interview Kurzweil revealed that his team is collaborating with other groups at Google to enable computers to understand and speaking language just like humans.

Kurzweil also tells us how Larry Page personally recruited him to join Google to pursue the goal of creating… read more

Quartz | From Ray Kurzweil to Kanye West, everyone’s a futurist now

March 18, 2013

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Source: Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith

In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.

The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… read more

Globe Newswire | 22 leading scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders issue open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

March 12, 2013

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Source: Globe Newswire — March 12, 2013

Appeal is to support the forming of a New Evolutionary Strategy for Humanity at the Second International Global Future 2045 Congress in New York, June 15-16.

Participants of the Second International Global Future 2045 (GF2045) Congress have appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the forming of a new evolutionary strategy for humanity and the Avatar Project of the 2045 Initiative.

The Open Letter to the UN… read more

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