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Las Vegas Weekly | Q&A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Google, reverse engineering the brain and more

January 23, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Weekly — January 23, 2013 | Mark Adams

I know you were recently snatched up by Google. What are you working on at the moment?

I’ll be working on enabling computers to understand natural language. When you write a news article or a blog post you’re not just creating a bag of words, you’re creating semantic meaning. It’s remarkable how search works, but it could be even more powerful if it understood the key… read more

Push Square | Could Singularity be Quantic Dream’s first PS4 game?

January 22, 2013

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Source: Push Square — January 22, 2013 | Sammy Barker

Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is currently applying the finishing touches to its upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls — but the studio may also be working on a PlayStation 4 title.

Seasoned online snoop Superannuation has uncovered a domain name for SingularityPS4.com, which was registered by the Parisian outfit in mid-November.

The name, as Superannuation notes, is curious, as David Cage recently cited … read more

Pitchfork | Ra Ra Riot Beta Love

January 21, 2013

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Source: Pitchfork — January 21, 2013 | Harley Brown

Along with a lyrical focus inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which the band had been reading before they made the album, Ra Ra Riot incorporated more keyboards and synthesizers into many of the songs on Beta Love. This new technology-informed attitude represents a necessary change for a band known mostly for one thing.

The keyboards stabbing at Beta Love opener “Dance With Me” set the tone for… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Doug Wolens, director of The Singularity

January 20, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 20, 2013 | Peter Murray

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, The Singularity, the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see.

It aptly prepares you for the 75 minutes that follow over which a truly impressive cast of scientists, futurists and philosophers discuss the uncertainty of what the future holds for humanity and, for some, argue why Ray… read more

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

January 20, 2013

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Source: 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

MIT Technology Review | Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google and have it serve you

January 18, 2013

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Source: MIT Technology Review — January 18, 2013 | Will Knight

Famed AI researcher and incorrigable singularity forecaster Ray Kurzweil recently shed some more light on what his new job at Google will entail. It seems that he does, indeed, plan to build a prodigious artificial intelligence, which he hopes will understand the world to a much more sophisticated degree than anything built before, or at least that will act as if it does.

Kurzweil’s AI will be designed to analyze… read more

The Colorado Springs Independent | Transhuman express

January 16, 2013

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Source: The Colorado Springs Independent — January 16, 2013 | Bill Forman

Futurist inventor Ray Kurzweil blurs the boundaries between man and machine. Futurist forecasting has long been the object of strange fascination. Specific doomsday predictions — whether derived from the Mayan calendar or calculated by Christian radio host Harold Camping — have earned widespread media coverage, prompting no small amount of ridicule and what almost seemed like disappointment the day after.

As the Amazing Criswell dramatically intoned at the beginning… read more

Phys.org | Google’s Ray Kurzweil revs up search focus with AI vision

January 15, 2013

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Source: Phys.org — January 15, 2013 | Nancy Owano

The setting: An intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus in Silicon Valley. This is the place founded by Dr. Peter Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, pursuing the idea of a new university that could “leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges.” Speaking in an interview is artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil.

Now you know this is worth… read more

TechRadar | Google, Ray Kurzweil developing ambitious intelligent AI search tech

January 15, 2013

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Source: TechRadar — January 15, 2013 | Michael Rougeau

Computers that truly understand language. New Google hire and accomplished inventor Ray Kurzweil recently described his “ambitious” current project at the search giant in an interview with Singularity Hub.

Kurzweil is hoping to leverage Google’s massive pool of resources and data to develop technology that would create truly intelligent computers that can understand human language on a deep level. He said that technology will answer our questions… read more

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Source: Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

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