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Complex | Apple’s iWatch and the law of accelerating anticlimax

March 12, 2013

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Source: Complex — March 12, 2013 | Michael Thomsen

The advent of wearable computers was one of Ray Kurzweil’s early predictions about the ever nearing Singularity, the moment when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence and slowly slip out of our control.

At the time he said it, the prediction was as strange sounding as the idea we might all one day be wearing phone booths, and yet both have come to pass in… read more

South by Southwest | Ra Ra Riot

March 12, 2013

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Source: South by Southwest — March 12, 2013

The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup,… read more

The New York Times | Keep calm and carry on buying

March 9, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — March 9, 2013 | Evgeny Morozov

A future of frictionless, continuous shopping fits with Google’s vision for a world where we no longer need to search for anything, since we ourselves are perpetually monitored, with the relevant product or information sent to us based on perceived need. “Autonomous search,” they call it.

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, even wants to give us a “cybernetic friend” that could satisfy our… read more

Higher Ground | Ra Ra Riot with Pacific Air at Higher Ground

March 8, 2013

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Source: Higher Ground — March 8, 2013

Ra Ra Riot’s third album Beta Love is set for release January 22, 2013 on Barsuk Records. The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group.

Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist… read more

The Financial Times | Overtaken by the future

March 8, 2013

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Source: The Financial Times — March 8, 2013 | Leo Robson

Futurology will always be a mug’s game – of course, I could be wrong – but for changing reasons. Imagination used to leave science behind, now it’s the other way around. The columnist and scriptwriter Charlie Brooker recently found to his irritation that a “digital afterlife” idea he had used in his TV series Black Mirror was not as “fanciful” as he had thought.

Having ignored to his… read more

Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame | Will we all be like Superman soon?

March 7, 2013

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Source: Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame — March 7, 2013 | Zachary Todd

To elucidate the sorts of innovations we can expect within the next 20 years, I defer to renown futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil (who has arguably the most stunning track-record of technological predictions).

Kurzweil suggests that by 2030 many of our bodies will have nanobots, the size of red blood cells, which are billions of times more powerful than our computers today. These nanobots will be… read more

Motherboard | Scientists found a genetic switch to reverse aging in neurons

March 7, 2013

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Source: Motherboard — March 7, 2013 | Austin Considine

Another day, another step towards that elusive fountain of youth thanks, this time, to a new study that claims scientists have effectively reversed the effects of aging in neurons. Just last week, a study out of Italy revealed that neurons, specifically mouse neurons, could live much longer than usual when transplanted into a longer-living organism.

Or, as we put it here at Motherboard, that “Brain Cells May Live Longer When… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Seeing the tech future, from two different angles

March 6, 2013

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — March 6, 2013 | Amir Efrati

Ray Kurzweil and his son, Ethan, are both Silicon Valley futurists — though they have different ways of tackling what they perceive is coming next. Ray Kurzweil, 65 years old, joined Google Inc. in December after spending nearly five decades pioneering everything from machines that can read text aloud to the blind to a music synthesizer that sounds like a real piano.

Among his theories, which aren’t universally accepted… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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Source: AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

Business Wire | Rudy Giuliani and Ray Kurzweil to keynote JDA FOCUS 2013

February 28, 2013

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Source: Business Wire — February 28, 2013

Annual user’s conference to showcase proven solutions and leading practices in supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel commerce. JDA Software Group, Inc., The Supply Chain Company, today announced that Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City (1993 – 2001), and Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, will keynote JDA FOCUS 2013, May 5-8 at the Orlando World Center Marriott… read more

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