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The News and Observer | Google Now offers glimpse of where the search giant is headed

February 10, 2013

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Source: The News and Observer — February 10, 2013 | Paul Gilster

Google Translate has many languages to work with and plenty of computer horsepower behind it. Thinking about its methods reminds me that Ray Kurzweil has now gone to work for Google. Kurzweil is an Edisonian figure who came up with the first flatbed scanner and the first machine that could read text aloud. He has created music synthesizers and made huge strides in PC speech recognition, the… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: Your brain in the cloud

February 10, 2013

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Source: Big Think — February 10, 2013 | Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Transcript | Ray Kurzweil: Sometimes people think that emotion and art are sort of sideshows to human intelligence and the real essence of intelligence is thinking logically. If that were true, computers are already smarter than we are because they’re much better at logical thinking than we are. It’s actually things like being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment; maybe in a poem or in… read more

The Globe and Mail | How To Create a Mind: Can a marriage between man and machine solve the world’s problems?

February 8, 2013

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Source: The Globe and Mail — February 8, 2013 | Don Tapscott

How do you know when your new book is a success? When Google promptly offers you a plum job as soon as the book is on the stands.

That’s the pleasant turn of events that Ray Kurzweil, 64, is enjoying. His most recent book, his sixth, is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. His new job at Google is director of engineering.… read more

MTV Hive | Five ways William Gibson and Ray Kurzweil influenced Ra Ra Riot’s new album

February 7, 2013

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Source: MTV Hive — February 7, 2013 | Kory Grow

Halfway into the synth-poppy title track for Ra Ra Riot‘s new album, Beta Love, frontman Wes Miles sings, “In this city of robot hearts, ours were made to be.”

No mere fantastical hiccup, that line — and the song’s programming speak title — stem from Miles’ and his bandmates’ interest in science and science fiction, namely the works of science fiction author William Gibson and inventor-futurist… read more

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

Forbes | The world in 2033: Big thinkers and futurists share their thoughts

February 4, 2013

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Source: Forbes — February 4, 2013 | Todd Wilms

On technology: Ray Kurzweil,“20 years from now, biotechnology — reprogramming biology as an information process — will be in a mature phase. We will routinely turn off genes that promote disease and aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be able to add genes that protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

“Major killers… read more

Slashdot | Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil about the future of mankind and technology

January 28, 2013

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Source: Slashdot — January 28, 2013

The recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents, Ray Kurzweil’s accolades are almost too many to list. A prolific inventor, Kurzweil created the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments.

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Las Vegas Sun | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts in-body computers and a potential war with machines

January 26, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 26, 2013 | Eli Segall

If you worry that the Internet, computers and other electronics play an outsized role in daily life, futurist Ray Kurzweil has one message for you: This is only the beginning.

Kurzweil, who will speak Sunday night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Audi Speaker Series, predicts a high-tech society that makes today’s lifestyle look straight out of the Stone Age.… read more

The New York Times | Ray Kurzweil says we’re going to live forever

January 25, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on… read more

Las Vegas Sun | Weekend best bets: Paula Poundstone, Ben Folds Five and Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck

Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lectureRay Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more

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