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Las Vegas Sun | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts in-body computers and a potential war with machines

January 26, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 26, 2013 | Eli Segall

If you worry that the Internet, computers and other electronics play an outsized role in daily life, futurist Ray Kurzweil has one message for you: This is only the beginning.

Kurzweil, who will speak Sunday night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Audi Speaker Series, predicts a high-tech society that makes today’s lifestyle look straight out of the Stone Age.… read more

The New York Times | Ray Kurzweil says we’re going to live forever

January 25, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on… read more

Las Vegas Sun | Weekend best bets: Paula Poundstone, Ben Folds Five and Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck

Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lectureRay Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Bessemer names Ethan Kurzweil, Jeff Epstein partners

January 24, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — January 24, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Jeff Epstein, the former chief financial officer at Oracle, and Ethan Kurzweil, son of futurist and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, are among six new partners named at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil has been with Bessemer’s Menlo Park office for four years and focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives the firm’s roadmap on developer platforms. [...]

Las Vegas Weekly | Q&A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Google, reverse engineering the brain and more

January 23, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Weekly — January 23, 2013 | Mark Adams

I know you were recently snatched up by Google. What are you working on at the moment?

I’ll be working on enabling computers to understand natural language. When you write a news article or a blog post you’re not just creating a bag of words, you’re creating semantic meaning. It’s remarkable how search works, but it could be even more powerful if it understood the key… read more

Push Square | Could Singularity be Quantic Dream’s first PS4 game?

January 22, 2013

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Source: Push Square — January 22, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is currently applying the finishing touches to its upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls — but the studio may also be working on a PlayStation 4 title.

Seasoned online snoop Superannuation has uncovered a domain name for SingularityPS4.com, which was registered by the Parisian outfit in mid-November.

The name, as Superannuation notes, is curious, as David Cage recently cited … read more

Pitchfork | Ra Ra Riot Beta Love

January 21, 2013

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Source: Pitchfork — January 21, 2013 | Harley Brown

Along with a lyrical focus inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which the band had been reading before they made the album, Ra Ra Riot incorporated more keyboards and synthesizers into many of the songs on Beta Love. This new technology-informed attitude represents a necessary change for a band known mostly for one thing.

The keyboards stabbing at Beta Love opener “Dance With Me” set the tone for… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Doug Wolens, director of The Singularity

January 20, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 20, 2013 | Peter Murray

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, The Singularity, the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see.

It aptly prepares you for the 75 minutes that follow over which a truly impressive cast of scientists, futurists and philosophers discuss the uncertainty of what the future holds for humanity and, for some, argue why Ray… read more

The Seattle Times | How to Create a Mind: the astonishing organization of the human brain

January 20, 2013

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Source: The Seattle Times — January 20, 2013 | Drew DeSilver

Any book that promises on the cover to reveal “the secret of human thought” is setting the bar pretty high. But if anyone could be expected to pull it off, it’s inventor/futurist/Big Thinker Kurzweil, who’s been ruminating about the possibilities of human/computer convergence for more than 20 years now.

Kurzweil’s new book continues and expands on many of the themes he’s written about in earlier works… read more

MIT Technology Review | Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google and have it serve you

January 18, 2013

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Source: MIT Technology Review — January 18, 2013 | Will Knight

Famed AI researcher and incorrigable singularity forecaster Ray Kurzweil recently shed some more light on what his new job at Google will entail. It seems that he does, indeed, plan to build a prodigious artificial intelligence, which he hopes will understand the world to a much more sophisticated degree than anything built before, or at least that will act as if it does.

Kurzweil’s AI will be designed to analyze… read more

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