Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 20, 2014

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Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

The Washington Post | MeriTalk tech conference brings public and private sectors together

March 1, 2010


The Washington Post — March 1, 2010 | Mike Musgrove

To make some sense of technology’s rapid advances, MeriTalk reached for a Big Thinker, the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil:

“Part of my mission here will be to broaden the perspective of these IT directors,” he said. “It’s not just routers and cloud computing. We really are transforming all the things we care about with information technology.”

As areas of study such as health intersect… read more

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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Forbes | Ray Kurzweil on the future of innovation at Singularity University

October 12, 2011

Forbes — October 12, 2011 | Ted Greenwald

Ray Kurzweil, radical futurist and prophet of innovation, holds up a smartphone. “This device is a billion times more valuable per constant dollar than the computer I used as a student at MIT in the late ’60s,” he says. “In 25 years, it will be the size of a blood cell. And it will be a billion times more powerful.”

The famously far-thinking inventor and author — critics would… read more

NPR Talk of the Nation | Al Gore’s 24 hours on climate change

September 14, 2011

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NPR Talk of the Nation — September 14, 2011 | Neal Conan

MIKE (telephone caller): Hi. Yeah. Vice President, I wonder, have you met Ray Kurzweil before?

AL GORE: Yes, I know Ray.


GORE: And I had a day-long session with him, and I had a very interesting extended dialogue with him about climate, by the way. I respect him.

MIKE: Well, how do you respond to his criticism of global warming? I,… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil talks about Singularity and theory’s critics

February 22, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — February 22, 2012 | Vauhini Vara

Ray Kurzweil believes computers will soon think like humans and ultimately merge with us, a notion he has dubbed “the singularity.”

That idea persuaded the former inventor in 2007 to form Singularity University, an institution housed at the NASA Research Park on Moffett Field in Mountain View, which teaches students about artificial intelligence and other topics straight out of science fiction.

While the institution isn’t… read more

CNET | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, AI, and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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CNET — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

The inventor and author speaks onstage at the Techonomy conference in Tucson about his new book on human thought and the themes that stem from it.

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil took to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his… read more

Fast Company | Spike Jonze imagines the future of artificial intelligence, mobile design, love, and pants in Her

December 17, 2013

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Fast Company — December 17, 2013 | Teressa Iezzi

Designing the future based on a feeling: To develop the film’s AI entity, Jonze says that he and his team strove less for “scientific” authenticity and focused instead on what worked for the film’s relationship and for what they would want to see in the technology.

The process did start with research. Jonze mentions reading some of the leading thinkers on the evolution of computer consciousness — Kurzweil… read more

Latin Post | Google buys artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for $400 million, is the search engine trying to take over the world?

January 27, 2014

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Latin Post — January 27, 2014 | Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

TechCrunch is also saying that this move is the latest by Google to build up its roster of artificial intelligence companies and experts in order to become dominant in the field.

“If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.… read more

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