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The Huffington Post | New film the final moments of Karl Brant explores the singularity

August 6, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — August 6, 2013 | Joan Sweeny

The story is set in the near future where experimental technology enables a neurologist and two detectives to digitally resurrect a murder victim in order to question him about his final moments.

In Wilson’s words: “I was influenced by the theories of Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and digital immortality and curious to see how the law will deal with the situations that arise from it.… read more

Jason Silva & Steven Mercado | New Six Epochs of Evolution infographic

March 11, 2012

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Source: Jason Silva & Steven Mercado — March 11, 2012

Directions for viewing | To expand this image to full viewing sizing, click the [+] expand button in the upper, right-hand corner of the thumbnail image to open a larger, overlay image. In the overlay click the upper, right-hand corner again to expand to maximum size.

The new Six Epochs of Evolution image was done in collaboration with artist Steven Mercado, who… read more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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Source: 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 well… read more

Variety | NewFronts: WSJ headlines bigger internet TV push

April 29, 2013

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Source: Variety — April 29, 2013 | Todd Spangler

Among nearly 30 biz execs skedded to participate in “Startup of the Year” as mentors include: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Peter Diamandis, chairman and founder, X Prize Foundation; Carly Fiorina, chairman Good360 and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard; and Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

Company also highlighted WSJ Custom Studios, which will work with advertisers to create specialized video segments with integrated… read more

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 27, 2013

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Source: Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

Library Journal | Nonfiction previews, October 2012, part 2: Applebaum, Kurzweil, & more

April 16, 2012

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Source: Library Journal — April 16, 2012 | Barbara Hoffert

Ray Kurzweil’s How To Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Viking. Oct. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780670025299. $27.95. SCIENCE

New York Times best-selling author (The Singularity Is Near), National Medal of Technology winner, and former Library Journal columnist (note that he was keynote speaker at LJ’s first virtual ebook summit), Kurzweil here explains reverse engineering the brain. It’s a project to understand how the… read more

The Boston Globe | Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton

November 16, 2011

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Source: The Boston Globe — November 16, 2011

A couple dozen actors, writers, politicians and scientists call Newton their current or former home:

Ray Kurzweil — He’s one of MIT’s most vocal and high-profile technology visionaries.… read more

Daily Mail | Now that’s smart technology: Computer teaches another to play Pac-Man and the student bot eventually beats the teacher

April 3, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — April 2, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths

Computers will soon be able to learn from experience, tell jokes and even flirt, according to Ray Kurzweil, the company’s artificial intelligence expert.

The 66-year-old entrepreneur and futureologist, who predicted the rise of the internet and that a world chess champion would one day be beaten by a computer, has said machines will outsmart their makers by 2029.

In an interview with The Observer, he said, “Myread 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

Singularity Hub | Official Powerpoint from Kurzweil/Diamandis TED Presentation

February 3, 2009

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Source: Singularity Hub — February 3, 2009 | Keith Kleiner

Singularity Hub | Today Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis officially unveiled Singularity University to the world during a presentation at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA.  Kurzweil began the talk with a roughly 6 minute introduction to the concept of the singularity, followed by a 3 minute explanation of Singularity University by Diamandis.  Below is the powerpoint presentation given by Kurzweil and Diamandis [...]

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