Boston Review | Cheating death: philosophers ponder the afterlife

February 1, 2012

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Boston Review — February 1, 2012 | Alex Byrne

For the futurist Ray Kurzweil, hope lies in the possibility that he will be uploaded to new and shiny hardware—as pictures are transferred to Facebook’s servers—leaving his outmoded biological container behind.

Isn’t all this a pipe dream? Why isn’t “uploading” merely a way of producing a perfect Kurzweil-impersonator, rather than the real thing? Cryogenic storage might help if I am still alive when frozen, but what… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s

May 14, 2013

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Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — May 14, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

We currently fight heart disease with drugs that reduce cholesterol buildup; but with new technologies predicted for the 2020s, we will simply grow new veins or hearts where necessary. In fact, nearly all of our organs, bones, muscles, hair, and skin can be replaced as these new procedures become available.

Ray Kurzweil, in his best-selling book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, confirmed that we… read more

MIT Technology Review | Q&A with futurist Martine Rothblatt

October 20, 2014

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MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, says it’s “wonderfully suggestive” of a time when computers really will think and feel.

Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more

The Daily Beast | How to hack your body to live past 120 – cheating death

April 4, 2015

The Daily Beast — April 4, 2015 | Christian Borys

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says scientists have the opportunity to work on the fundamental structure of the body in the same way that an engineer can develop software.

SENS Research Foundation shares Kurzweil’s optimism about longevity. Kurzweil says breakthroughs will accelerate, “because biotechnologies are doubling in capability each year. They are now a thousand times more powerful than when the genome project completed in 2003, and will be a thousand… read more

Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

Storify | SXSW: Ray Kurzweil expanding our intelligence without limit

March 13, 2012

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Storify — March 13, 2012 | Joel Adkins

I was late to this session and two ballrooms were filled. I had to follow Twitter but the conversations were amazing. Great presentation about going toward the singularity Kurzweil has been talking about for the past few years. Amazing presentation!

“This guy is rocking more rings than Saturn and the Steelers combined. #sxiqexpand #raykurzweil” [...]

TechCrunch | Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, is building your cybernetic friend

January 6, 2013

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TechCrunch — January 6, 2013 | Gregory Ferenstein

World-renowned artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, wants to build a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.

“I envision in some years that the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking,” he said at an intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus.… read more

The New York Times | Keep calm and carry on buying

March 9, 2013

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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

Forbes | Interview: How Ray Kurzweil plans to revolutionize search at Google

April 29, 2013

Forbes — April 29, 2013 | Robert Hof

When Google announced in January that Ray Kurzweil would be joining the company, a lot of people wondered why the phenomenally accomplished entrepreneur and futurist would want to work for a large company he didn’t start.

Kurzweil’s answer: No one but Google could provide the kind of computing and engineering resources he needed to fulfill his life’s work. Ever since age 14, the 65-year-old inventor of everything from music synthesizers to… read more

Monolith | When Google hired Ray Kurzweil

May 10, 2013

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Monolith — May 10, 2013 | Elliott King

Most recently, he has been appointed director of engineering at Google, a position that enables him to manage new projects involving machine learning and natural language integration and understanding. Directly applicable to the public face of Google, Kurzweil will become a pivotal factor in creating an even more rigorous search engine that was capable of analysing and interpreting semantic content used in digital language.

He could… read more

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