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Business Standard | Letters: More than science fiction

March 16, 2014

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Source: Business Standard — March 16, 2014 | H. N. Ramakrishna

Raymond Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, and a director of engineering at Google calls the moment “singularity,” when artificial intelligence will overtake human thinking.

He believes that the Turing test will be passed in 2029. Robots, when accurately programmed, don’t make mistakes. They don’t complain about working conditions — don’t demand union representation, they don’t take sick leave or demand benefits. [...]

PRWeb | Life extension for all — Global Future Congress announces ‘Avatar’

February 22, 2012

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Source: PRWeb — February 22, 2012

The first Global Future Congress 2045 (GF2045) was held on Feb.17-20 in Moscow, where 56 world leading physicists, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists and philosophers met to discuss breakthroughs in life extension technologies and draft a resolution to the United Nations setting the radical lengthening of human lifespan and the creation of avatars as a priority for the preservation of humankind.

About 500 people attended the three-day… read more

The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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Source: The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… read more

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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Wired | Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think

April 1, 2013

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Source: Wired — April 2013

Wired UK’s April issue is out now. Readers can download the April edition at the Wired UK website, featuring the cover story “Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think.”

“It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singularity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according… read more

The Washington Post | Love in the time of bots

April 9, 2015

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Source: The Washington Post — March 17, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Artificial intelligence thought leader Ray Kurzweil has suggested that a real life human & AI romance might be possible in as little as 15 years.

In his review of the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her, Kurzweil said he expected similar types of advances by the year 2029, “Samantha herself I would place at 2029, when the leap to human level AI would be reasonably believable.”

Kurzweil says your… read more

Music of the Spinning Wheel | Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution: Sudheendra Kulkarni interviews Ray Kurzweil

April 5, 2012

Source: Music of the Spinning Wheel — April 5, 2012 | Sudheendra Kulkarni

Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution:  An interview with Dr. Ray Kurzweil by Sudheendra Kulkarni

Ray Kurzweil was a speaker at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi on 17 March 2012. On the sidelines of the conclave, he was interviewed by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a prominent Indian journalist-activist and author of a forthcoming book Music of the Spinning Wheel: Mahatmaread more

CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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Source: CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

Santa Barbara Independent | Men must merge with machines: an interview with inventor and futurist Raymond Kurzweil

March 3, 2012

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Source: Santa Barbara Independent — March 3, 2012 | Lynda Weinman

Some have called inventor, author, and future-thinker Raymond Kurzweil the Thomas Edison of the 21st century, and rightly so. The National Inventor Hall of Fame inductee began his career making technology that helped blind people read — Stevie Wonder, in fact, is a good friend because of this — and then went on to pen books about computer science, nutrition, spirituality, and the merging of men with… read more

The New York Times | Merely human? That’s so yesterday

June 11, 2010

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Source: The New York Times — June 11, 2010 | Ashlee Vance

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen.

While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around… read more

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