Source: 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
January 15, 2013
Source: Phys.org — January 15, 2013 | Nancy Owano
The setting: An intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus in Silicon Valley. This is the place founded by Dr. Peter Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, pursuing the idea of a new university that could “leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges.” Speaking in an interview is artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil.
Now you know this is worth… read more
January 16, 2013
Source: The Colorado Springs Independent — January 16, 2013 | Bill Forman
Futurist inventor Ray Kurzweil blurs the boundaries between man and machine. Futurist forecasting has long been the object of strange fascination. Specific doomsday predictions — whether derived from the Mayan calendar or calculated by Christian radio host Harold Camping — have earned widespread media coverage, prompting no small amount of ridicule and what almost seemed like disappointment the day after.
As the Amazing Criswell dramatically intoned at the beginning… read more
January 18, 2013
Source: MIT Technology Review — January 18, 2013 | Will Knight
Famed AI researcher and incorrigable singularity forecaster Ray Kurzweil recently shed some more light on what his new job at Google will entail. It seems that he does, indeed, plan to build a prodigious artificial intelligence, which he hopes will understand the world to a much more sophisticated degree than anything built before, or at least that will act as if it does.
Kurzweil’s AI will be designed to analyze… read more
January 20, 2013
Source: The Seattle Times — January 20, 2013 | Drew DeSilver
Any book that promises on the cover to reveal “the secret of human thought” is setting the bar pretty high. But if anyone could be expected to pull it off, it’s inventor/futurist/Big Thinker Kurzweil, who’s been ruminating about the possibilities of human/computer convergence for more than 20 years now.
Kurzweil’s new book continues and expands on many of the themes he’s written about in earlier works… read more
January 20, 2013
Source: Singularity Hub — January 20, 2013 | Peter Murray
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, The Singularity, the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see.
It aptly prepares you for the 75 minutes that follow over which a truly impressive cast of scientists, futurists and philosophers discuss the uncertainty of what the future holds for humanity and, for some, argue why Ray… read more
January 22, 2013
Source: Push Square — January 22, 2013 | Sammy Barker
The name, as Superannuation notes, is curious, as David Cage recently cited … read more
January 23, 2013
Source: Las Vegas Weekly — January 23, 2013 | Mark Adams
I’ll be working on enabling computers to understand natural language. When you write a news article or a blog post you’re not just creating a bag of words, you’re creating semantic meaning. It’s remarkable how search works, but it could be even more powerful if it understood the key… read more
January 24, 2013
Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck
Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lecture | Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.
When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more