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Business Insider | The Silicon Valley 100: The coolest people in tech right now

March 12, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — March 7, 2014 | Megan Rose Dickey and Jillian D'Onfro

36. Ray Kurzweil is considered to be one of the leading minds in the artificial intelligence field. Since joining Google, Kurzweil has laid out some ambitious plans for search, in which Google would actually be conscious and know who you are.

Last year, Kurzweil also shared his plans for cheating death and how little robots, called nanobots, can help fight disease. [...]

The Verge | Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts say chatbot didn’t pass Turing test

June 12, 2014

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Source: The Verge — June 11, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes

In a blog post addressing the reports, Ray Kurzweil writes: the fact that there’s a test worth arguing about implies that artificial intelligence is beginning to near the point where it might actually pass a Turing Test, even if these early examples aren’t quite what we imagine the final product looking like.

There’s little doubt that chatbots will continue to trick humans in the future, but there seems… read more

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: ‘By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments’

October 9, 2000

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Source: Fortune — October 9, 2000 | David Kirkpatrick

“By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments.” Speech technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines. He was interviewed by David Kirkpatrick.

A very important aspect of the future is going to be virtual reality — our ability to relate with each other in new ways, much more intimate ways, facilitated by technology. We’ve had one form… read more

Global Retail Marketing Association | Kurzweil keynote: national brands gather to hear predictions in technology and its impact on managing innovation

March 27, 2010

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Source: Global Retail Marketing Association — March 27, 2010

Global Retail Marketing Association | The Global Retail Marketing Association announces Ray Kurzweil, bestselling author, to speak at the 4th annual GRMA Leadership Forum.

Senior marketers from leading national retail brands will gather in April to hear Kurzweil’s predictions on the future of technology and its impact on managing innovation. Inventor and recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, Kurzweil has been described by The Wall Street Journal as “the restless genius” and ”the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes.… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | Reaching for immortality

July 15, 2010

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — July 15, 2010 | Alan Boyle

The quest for immortality goes back to Adam and Eve, but now some smart people are getting serious about actually bringing it within their grasp. And they’re getting more attention as well. [...]  

Like de Grey and his colleagues, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil has been facing these challenges for years — not as an anti-aging researcher per se, but as a smart guy who has made his name by predicting… read more

EIN News | President Obama was never born at all (humor)

October 26, 2011

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Source: EIN News — October 26, 2011 | Joe Rothstein

The first piece of the puzzle is hidden within a book entitled The Singularity Is Near, by a card-carrying futurist named Ray Kurzweil. The subtitle, and this is extremely important: When Humans Transcend Biology.

The Singularity Is Near makes the case that laboratory-created artificial intelligence will merge with biological evolution in such a way that, to put it in lay terms, robots will take over the world. Biological evolution… read more

The Washington Post | Super Bowl ads: Mobile innovators download in Best Buy Web video series

February 6, 2012

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Source: The Washington Post — February 6, 2012 | Emi Kolawole

Super Bowl ads are a longtime tradition, but this one from Best Buy caught our eye. The ad features innovators who have been changing the mobile technology landscape — a major tool in conquering “Big Data.” The ad featured during the Super Bowl is a shorter version of a much longer Web video.

The entire ad campaign, created by Best Buy to tout their mobile phone and carrier plan selection… read more

Blastr | Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

March 14, 2012

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Source: Blastr — March 14, 2012 | Matthew Jackson

Last week, legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil gave us his take on the failings of science fiction cinema. Now Nick Sagan, son of iconic astronomer and Contact author Carl Sagan, has his own bone to pick with sci-fi filmmakers. Unlike Kurzweil, he’s got only one complaint, but it’s big enough to cover just about every alien invasion flick ever made.

Sagan’s not only the son of one of the… read more

Reason | Here comes artificial intelligence: Ray Kurzweil’s new book imagines man-made minds

November 13, 2012

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Source: Reason — November 13, 2012 | Matthew Feeney

The ongoing acceleration in technology has prompted serious discussions of AI, including the possibility that the “Singularity” — the creation of a greater-than-human intelligence — might occur.

In his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, the futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that we can expect the Singularity by 2045 and that superintelligences will eventually colonize vast swathes of galaxies.

In his latest book, How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil argues… read more

PC Magazine | Google lands futurist Ray Kurzweil

December 14, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — Decmeber 14, 2012 | Damon Poeter

Google, like many top tech companies is always taking on new employees—but in landing Ray Kurzweil this week, the search giant hasn’t added your run-of-the-mill new hire.

A brilliant technologist who also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned futurists, Kurzweil announced on his blog Friday that he’ll be joining Google on Dec. 17 as a director of engineering. The 64-year-old author and inventor said he… read more

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