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Forbes | Health and medicine at the inflection point — today’s perspective from Ray Kurzweil

February 5, 2013

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Source: Forbes — February 5, 2013 | John Nosta

There are few voices in the scientific community that have looked so deep and so far into our humanity. Ray Kurzweil is certainly one of these visionaries.  He recently took the time to provide his perspective on digital health and the evolution of medicine.

From nanobots to life eternal, Kurzweil keeps us thinking and imagining a future that is poised to change with amazing speed and relevance to our everyday… read more

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

Forbes | 70,000+ have played Eyewire game that trains computers to map the brain

August 25, 2013

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Source: Forbes — August 19, 2013 | Aaron Frank

Today our technology improves at the speed of Moore’s Law, and those who study that exponential growth, like Ray Kurzweil, contend that we will not only map the brain in our lifetime, but are only a decade away from doing so.

Such ambitious claims are certain to give a neuroscientist the same knee jerk reaction that life scientists had when similar early claims were made about sequencing… read more

Vulture | Transcendence teaser: Johnny Depp is singularity and loving it

December 20, 2013

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Source: Vulture — December 19, 2013 | Jesse David Fox

Is everyone pumped for the singularity? We’ll get to live forever and play in synth-pop bands with Ray Kurzweil. That’s where Transcendence comes in.

Directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, it tells the story of a brilliant artificial intelligence researcher, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), who goes mad with power trying to achieve singularity. [...]

The Guardian | Computer dating: coming soon to an operating system near you?

February 27, 2014

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Source: The Guardian — February 20, 2014 | Ben Child

Ray Kurzweil predicts that the AI dating depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Her might be possible by 2029.

Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and Google’s director of engineering makes the claim in a review of Spike Jonze’s much-praised sci-fi romance. In a post on his website, Kurzweil delivered a generally positive verdict on the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man called Theodore who falls in love with… read more

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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Source: 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

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Source: 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

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Big Think | Our favorite Super Bowl ad — smartphone nerds

February 6, 2012

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Source: Big Think — February 6, 2012 | Daniel Honan

Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called “Phone Innovators” featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil.

“I’m Ray Kurzweil,” the futurist and inventor says in the commercial. “I gave your words a voice,” his phone then says.

ReadWriteWeb | Live drawing at SXSW of Kurzweil’s keynote

March 13, 2012

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Source: ReadWriteWeb — March 13, 2012 | Robyn Tippins

In this keynote, “Expanding Our Intelligence without Limit,” Lev Grossman from Time magazine talks with visionary Ray Kurzweil to hear his thoughts on how the future of AI will affect our thinking and how we might expand our intelligence without limit. [...]

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