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AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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Source: AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

Business Wire | Rudy Giuliani and Ray Kurzweil to keynote JDA FOCUS 2013

February 28, 2013

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Source: Business Wire — February 28, 2013

Annual user’s conference to showcase proven solutions and leading practices in supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel commerce. JDA Software Group, Inc., The Supply Chain Company, today announced that Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City (1993 – 2001), and Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, will keynote JDA FOCUS 2013, May 5-8 at the Orlando World Center Marriott… read more

Motherboard | Brain cells may live longer when not tied to their weakling, mortal flesh

February 27, 2013

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Source: Motherboard — February 27, 2013 | Austin Considine

In an interview last year with Motherboard’s Derek Mead, professor Kevin Warwick described an experiment in which he and a team of scientists created a very simple, two-dimensional, living brain of about 100,000 neurons and connected it to robots (a human brain, by contrast, approaches 100 billion).

It’s just a matter of time, he suggests, before scientists can build one in 3-D that’s much bigger. He also thinks… read more

Bionic.ly | Fifteen influencers shaping digital health

February 27, 2013

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Source: Bionic.ly — February 27, 2013 | Stephen Davies

6. Ray Kurzweil | While not specifically focused on digital health, the author, futurist and proponent of the technological singularity, Kurzweil’s writings have impacted and inspired those working in digital health. “My perspective on digital health is not simply to use information technology to collect and organize information, but rather to understand and reprogram the information processes underlying biology,” told the HEALTH Critical blog. [...]

Coast to Coast AM | Mind-machine

February 24, 2013

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Source: Coast to Coast AM — February 24, 2013

In the first half, George Knapp welcomed futurist Ray Kurzweil for a discussion on the merging of man and machine as well as his research into reverse engineering the human brain to understand precisely how it works. According to Kurzweil’s estimate, the brain consists of 300 million “pattern recognizers” which assign these trends into hierarchies.

This hierarchy ranges from simple patterns like shapes and sounds, at the low… read more

dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

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Source: dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and,… read more

The Verge | Obama plans decade-long research effort to map the human brain and explore consciousness

February 18, 2013

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Source: The Verge — February 18, 2013 | T.C. Sottek

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration plans to spearhead a scientific effort over the next decade that aims to build a comprehensive map of activity in the human brain. The effort will reportedly involve scientists from federal agencies and private foundations that will work together to advance our understanding of perception, actions, and consciousness.

The Times says that the project seeks to accomplish the same level of… read more

TechCrunch | Get ready to lose your job

February 16, 2013

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Source: TechCrunch — February 16, 2013 | Jon Evans

For 50 years now Moore’s Law has been (to oversimplify) doubling computing power every two years. People like Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge look at that astonishing history of nonstop exponential growth and predict a technological singularity within our lifetimes.

Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | 5 things you should know about the future

February 15, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Silicon Valley is known for inventing the future rather than predicting it. But this week, I did a deep dive into the business of futurism, speaking with several professional futurists about what they see on the horizon. Here are the top five takeaways from my conversations with experts in the art of navigating the unknown.

2) Rather than playing dress-up in history class, you’ll be able… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | The quotable Kurzweil

February 15, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Spent an hour chatting with futurist Ray Kurzweil about some of his predictions for the coming decades, and here are three of his biggest “pie in the sky” ideas, as he likes to call them.

Turn off Caveman genes: We will be able manage metabolism by turning off genes. “We’re not depending on the next big hunt for our daily nourishment anymore.”

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