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The New York Times | Judging the Super Bowl commercials, from charming to smarmy

February 5, 2012

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Source: The New York Times — February 5, 2012 | Stuart Elliott

Best Buy: A year after a silly Super Bowl spot with Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne, Best Buy celebrated real achievement with a commercial honoring technological innovators like Philippe Kahn, who declares, “I created the camera phone,” and Kevin Systrom, a founder of the photo-sharing app Instagram. [...]

Wired: Game Life | Kara is self-aware, Heavy Rain maker claims

March 8, 2012

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Source: Wired: Game Life — March 8, 2012 | Chris Baker

A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting that her sentience is a… read more

The New York Times | Keep calm and carry on buying

March 9, 2013

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Source: 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

The Christian Science Monitor | Kiss me, you human

June 28, 2001

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor — June 28, 2001 | Stephen Humphries

You needn’t have taken a philosophy course to see A.I., the new Steven Spielberg movie, but you may wish you’d enrolled in Philosophy 101 by the time you exit the cinema. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), is a futuristic story in which a robot resembling an 11-year-old boy embarks on a Pinocchio-like quest to become human. Mr. Spielberg’s movie posits the idea that machines can develop self-awareness, and even… read more

MediaPost | Knowledge Graph, Satori, and Unicorn

March 21, 2013

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Source: MediaPost — March 21, 2013 | Laurie Sullivan

Tying together multiple profiles and networks to serve up information about a person, a place or a thing creates challenges for search engines. It’s like stringing or graphing together an underlying net below the surface of the Web to connect all things throughout the world. It is based on the relationship between entities or links.

Google created the Knowledge Graph, which will become the backbone for… read more

The Huffington Post | Kurzweil at Techonomy: artificial intelligence is empowering all of humanity

November 12, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — November 12, 2012 | Adrienne Burke

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards. He’s also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of humans and computers, which he describes in his book The Singularity Is Near. And in a forthcoming book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

The Dartmouth | Kurzweil discusses future of tech

November 9, 2012

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Source: The Dartmouth — November 9, 2012 | Charles Rafkin

Kurzweil, inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, founder of Singularity University and the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” according to Forbes, compared medical advances to other technological advances, arguing that biology now is subject to the same law of accelerating returns.

Kurzweil predicted that scientists will soon be able to “reprogram” the information processes that form the foundations of biology. “The brain is… read more

National Inventors Hall of Fame | Kurzweil Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2002

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Source: National Inventors Hall of Fame — May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 16, 2002. He was recognized for the invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and other significant inventions.

Father of the Kurzweil Reading Machine Helped the Blind While Reshaping Information Technology for the World

Imagine enabling the blind to “read” ordinary printed materials, along the way pioneering information technologies that profoundly impact how the world processes information for decades to come.… read more

JavaOne Conference Proceedings | Kurzweil keynote transcript for Oracle’s 2010 JavaOne Conference

September 23, 2010

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Source: JavaOne Conference Proceedings — September 23, 2010

Also see the JavaOne wrap-up article: Extreme Technologies at an Extreme Event: The 2010 JavaOne Conference was rich in ideas, innovation, and entertainment.”

Transcript of Ray Kurzweil keynote for Oracle’s JavaOne Conference 2010: “The Age of Embedded Computing, Everywhere.”

I started using computers in 1960, that is 50 years ago. I was 12 years old. That’s not so amazing today, but it was… read more

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