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The Huffington Post | The digital revolution is over or not

March 21, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — March 21, 2013 | Oren Frank

If we zoom out, one can argue that although information and knowledge are more accessible than ever before, it did not stop almost half of Americans from voting for a party that was founded in the 19th century and has made little progress since.

Robber barons use Bloomberg and Bombardiers instead of snail mail and horses, and for 50 years we fly Boeings below the speed… read more

The Verge | How Larry Page and the Knowledge Graph helped Ray Kurzweil decide to join Google

March 20, 2013

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Source: The Verge — March 20, 2013 | Nathan Ingraham

It’s been a few months since noted author, futurist and AI guru Ray Kurzweil joined Google, and Singularity Hub has interviewed him to catch up on how his machine learning projects are going thus far.

While Kurzweil said his projects haven’t progressed too far at this point, he did reveal some details on how he ended up at Google in the first place.

Following the release of How To Createread more

GigaOM | It’s not Skynet yet: in machine learning there’s still a role for humans

March 20, 2013

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Source: GigaOM — March 20, 2013 | Ki Mae Heussner

If you’ve ever seen any of The Terminator films, you’re familiar with Skynet, the self-aware computing system at odds with humanity. But, even though a perception persists that machines can increasingly solve complex problems and process large amounts of data on their own, machine learning experts say humans still play a very important role.

Human intervention is critical at multiple layers, from choosing the algorithms to apply to… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview: Ray Kurzweil discusses his first two months at Google

March 19, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — March 19, 2013 | David J. Hill

In another exclusive interview with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil provides an update about his first two months as Director of Engineering at Google. During the interview Kurzweil revealed that his team is collaborating with other groups at Google to enable computers to understand and speaking language just like humans.

Kurzweil also tells us how Larry Page personally recruited him to join Google to pursue the goal of creating… read more

Quartz | From Ray Kurzweil to Kanye West, everyone’s a futurist now

March 18, 2013

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Source: Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith

In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.

The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… 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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Source: 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

Complex | Apple’s iWatch and the law of accelerating anticlimax

March 12, 2013

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Source: Complex — March 12, 2013 | Michael Thomsen

The advent of wearable computers was one of Ray Kurzweil’s early predictions about the ever nearing Singularity, the moment when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence and slowly slip out of our control.

At the time he said it, the prediction was as strange sounding as the idea we might all one day be wearing phone booths, and yet both have come to pass in… read more

South by Southwest | Ra Ra Riot

March 12, 2013

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Source: South by Southwest — March 12, 2013

The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup,… 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

Higher Ground | Ra Ra Riot with Pacific Air at Higher Ground

March 8, 2013

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Source: Higher Ground — March 8, 2013

Ra Ra Riot’s third album Beta Love is set for release January 22, 2013 on Barsuk Records. The album marks the band’s first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group.

Beta Love’s songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist… read more

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