Discovery Institute Evolution News | The brain remains an evolutionary mystery

October 17, 2012

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Discovery Institute Evolution News — October 17, 2012

Some evolutionists do not particularly care about the past as much as the evolutionary development of the human brain extending into the future.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, currently promoting his new book How to Create a Mind, believes that someday we will be able to reverse-engineer the brain, uncovering its secrets. Kurzweil acknowledges the evolutionary gap between humans and all other animals, but rather than trying… read more

The Hindu Business Line | AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 22, 2015

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The Hindu Business Line — June 22, 2015 | Vinson Kurian

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.… read more

TechRadar | Google, Ray Kurzweil developing ambitious intelligent AI search tech

January 15, 2013

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TechRadar — January 15, 2013 | Michael Rougeau

Computers that truly understand language. New Google hire and accomplished inventor Ray Kurzweil recently described his “ambitious” current project at the search giant in an interview with Singularity Hub.

Kurzweil is hoping to leverage Google’s massive pool of resources and data to develop technology that would create truly intelligent computers that can understand human language on a deep level. He said that technology will answer our questions… read more

Globe Newswire | 22 leading scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders issue open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

March 12, 2013

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Globe Newswire — March 12, 2013

Appeal is to support the forming of a New Evolutionary Strategy for Humanity at the Second International Global Future 2045 Congress in New York, June 15-16.

Participants of the Second International Global Future 2045 (GF2045) Congress have appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the forming of a new evolutionary strategy for humanity and the Avatar Project of the 2045 Initiative.

The Open Letter to the UN… read more

Rolling Stone | Can Her happen, the experts weigh in

February 6, 2014

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Rolling Stone — February 6, 2014 | Jonathan Ringen

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The Huffington Post | Expecting the unexpected

May 8, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 8, 2015 | Charles Cannon

Author Ray Kurzweil predicts, “A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.

“Neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts we rely on, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death.”

I noted Kurzweil’s comment. This epoch is already upon us. Isn’t it true for… read more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 20, 2014

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Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

Scientific American | On TV, Ray Kurzweil tells me how to build a brain

December 11, 2012

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Scientific American — December 11, 2012 | Ingrid Wickelgren

I recently interviewed author and inventor Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. The 58-minute segment aired on December 1, 2 and 3 on the C-SPAN2 program After Words. The book’s thesis is that it is essentially possible to reverse-engineer the human brain to create a computer mind that works like yours and mine. The advantages of such a creation, Kurzweil… read more

MIT Technology Review | Deep learning

April 23, 2013

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MIT Technology Review — April 23, 2013 | Robert D. Hof

With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart.

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn’t looking for a job. A respected inventor who’s become a machine-intelligence futurist, Kurzweil wanted to discuss his upcoming book How to Create a Mind.

He told Page, who had read an early draft,… read more

Forbes | Five reasons humans should never become machines

August 27, 2013

Forbes — August 27, 2013 | Bruce Dorminey

Even so, a prosthetic hippocampus brain implant could in effect offer a way out of Alzheimer’s; since, in theory, it would provide sufferers of such neurological disorders with new ways to encode and retrieve memory. But is such an artificial hippocampus the first step toward radical enhancement?

He says when technologists like Ray Kurzweil talk about our machine futures, Kurzweil imagines that the machines that we… read more

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