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The Daily Californian | Ryan Koehn’s picks of the week

April 8, 2013

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Source: The Daily Californian — April 8, 2013 | Ryan Koehn

Ray Kurzweil at Zellerbach Hall | Don’t know the name Ray Kurzweil? Give it a few years. The leader in technology innovation and praised prophet of the future will visit our campus to share his widely popular predictions for human advancement, robotics and when exactly Siri will become smarter than you. Not prime date-night material — for that, please refer back to “42.” [...]

American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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Source: American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

Silicon Valley Mercury News | Google engineer sees technology in human mind’s future

April 4, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Mercury News — April 4, 2013 | Lou Fancher

By the time you read these words, the changes inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says are coming, may already have halfway happened.

And by April 13, when the newly appointed director of engineering at online giant Google comes to Cal Performances’ Wheeler Auditorium for his “Strictly Speaking” lecture, he’s likely to be light speed ahead of himself.

The Wall Street Journal has called him “the restless genius” and… read more

Wired | Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think

April 1, 2013

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Source: Wired — April 2013

Wired UK’s April issue is out now. Readers can download the April edition at the Wired UK website, featuring the cover story “Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think.”

“It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singularity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according… read more

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

San Francisco Sentinel | Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil comes to Wheeler Auditorium

March 28, 2013

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Source: San Francisco Sentinel — March 28, 2013

“The restless genius” (Wall Street Journal) Ray Kurzweil comes to Cal Performances’ Wheeler Auditorium on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. He has been nicknamed the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison” by Forbes for making cutting-edge technological advances including the first flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano.

In addition to his… read more

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

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