PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 8, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our breakthroughs series.

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Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

Forbes | How technology changes the skills we need to learn

September 28, 2013

Forbes — September 28, 2013 | Greg Satell

In How To Create A Mind, Ray Kurzweil estimates that the human brain can recognize 100,000 patterns. In its first year as a med student, Watson learned 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text and 1.5 million patient records. [...]

CNN | How TED got famous

March 20, 2014

CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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The Seattle Times | How to Create a Mind: the astonishing organization of the human brain

January 20, 2013

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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

The Daily Beast | How to hack your body to live past 120 – cheating death

April 4, 2015

The Daily Beast — April 4, 2015 | Christian Borys

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says scientists have the opportunity to work on the fundamental structure of the body in the same way that an engineer can develop software.

SENS Research Foundation shares Kurzweil’s optimism about longevity. Kurzweil says breakthroughs will accelerate, “because biotechnologies are doubling in capability each year. They are now a thousand times more powerful than when the genome project completed in 2003, and will be a thousand… read more

The New Yorker | How to live forever

February 22, 2015

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The New Yorker — February 22, 2015 | Tim Wu

Ray Kurzweil declared we may be uploading our brains by the 2030s. Assume, along with Stephen Hawking, PhD and Kurzweil, that it is plausible for the information in our heads to be digitized and stored somewhere else.

Perhaps a better approach for future Ray Kurzweils is not copying our brains but, rather, trying to migrate the self to a new physical host. Like a hermit crab seeking a new… read more

The Futurist | How to make a mind

February 15, 2013

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The Futurist — February 15, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

Can nonbiological brains have real minds of their own? In this article, drawn from his latest book, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the future of intelligence — artificial and otherwise.

“The mammalian brain has a distinct aptitude not found in any other class of animal. We are capable of hierarchical thinking, of understanding a structure composed of diverse elements arranged in a pattern, representing that arrangement with a symbol,… read more

Qmed | How unbridled optimism can spur innovation

Ray Kurzweil keynote at UBM conference Medical Design + Manufacturing
February 22, 2016

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Qmed — February 17, 2016 | Brian Buntz

We are at a stage in history where technologies can be applied to solve many of humanity’s biggest problems. To drive enormous change, we need medical device innovators with an open source ethos, and a willingness to rethink what is possible.

“Technology’s at its best when used to heal, not hinder, and enhance human potential,” says Dave Zaboski, an animator and classically trained painter who gave a keynote February 9,… read more

Q Daily | Human score 1 vs. Alpha Go score 4 — lost to artificial intelligence

March 20, 2016

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Q Daily — March 15, 2016 | Maruo Fei Cuiqi Wen

After a week of the man vs. machine tournament of go, the reigning world go champion Lee Sedol faced off for the final match against the artificial intelligence system called Alpha Go. Lee Sedol only scored a total of 1:4 — losing to Google’s AI algorithm Alpha Go.

Another artificial intelligence called Deep Blue, built by IBM, was used 20 years ago to beat the world’s chess champion, spelling the… read more

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