Spiegel | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: A simulated brain can learn like a child

December 19, 2012

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Spiegel — December 19, 2012 | Wolfgang Stieler

The futurist Ray Kurzweil is known for his unwavering belief in human progress. In the interview he talks about his latest book, on machines that learn as children, and the hope of eternal life.

Q: Mr. Kurzweil, one of your main theses is that technological progress accelerates continuously. If we are now, for example, but smartphones, then the operating system of these devices is based on Unix, a… read more

Digital Trends | Will the Willy Wonka of technology help Google usher in a new future?

December 20, 2012

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Digital Trends — December 20, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Google has hired famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Will he be a figurehead, or a driving force at the company?

Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site,… read more

The Huffington Post | Google, Kurzweil, and the information transformation age

December 20, 2012

The Huffington Post — December 20, 2012 | Nataly Kelly

Last week, Google announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, who will work to solve complex language processing problems, among other things. In an interview last year, Kurzweil pointed out that language processing issues are among the most difficult problems to solve. Kurzweil will join the same company that employs Franz Och, the mastermind behind Google Translate (both were interviewed for my new book, Found in Translation).… read more

The Huffington Post | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, wants to bring the dead back to life

December 28, 2012

The Huffington Post — December 28, 2012

Inventor Ray Kurzweil hopes to develop ways for humans to live forever, and while he’s at it, bring back his dead father. Behind him is the support of a tech giant. This month, Kurzweil, a futurist, stepped into the role of Director of Engineering at Google, focusing on machine learning and language processing.

“There is a lot of suffering in the world,” Kurzweil once said, according… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil’s top 5 reasons to be optimistic for 2013

January 1, 2013

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Big Think — January 1, 2013 | Daniel Honan

Will you be better off this year than your were in the past? To the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the answer is a resounding yes. “We are far more productive and healthy and better off in every way than we were in the past,” Kurzweil, the author of the new book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, told Big Think in a… read more

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

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil on future AI project at Google

January 10, 2013

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Singularity Hub — January 10, 2013 | David J. Hill

In an exclusive with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil gave one of his first interviews since the December announcement that he joined Google full time as Director of Engineering.

Speaking with Singularity Hub Founder Keith Kleiner, Ray discusses his new role, how his research interests connect with his latest book How To Create A Mind (which Keith recently interviewed Ray about here), and how technology will advance to… read more

ZDNet | Ray Kurzweil lifts lid on Google AI project

January 11, 2013

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ZDNet — January 11, 2013 | Sam Shead

Google’s recently appointed director of engineering Ray Kurzweil has revealed details around an upcoming AI project for the company, focused on helping computers to better understand human language.

“The project I plan to do is focused on natural language understanding although it may have other applications,” said Kurzweil in a video interview with Singularity Hub, published on Thursday. “We want to give computers the ability to understand the… read more

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

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

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