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The Huffington Post | Mind uploading and digital immortality may be reality by 2045, futurists say

June 18, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to Swamis and other spiritual leaders.

In the year 2045: Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence, an event known as the singularity.

Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential… read more

Mobiledia | Mind versus machine: computers that think like us

August 26, 2013

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Source: Mobiledia — August 21, 2013 | Kat Ascharya

IBM has long experimented with cognitive computing, having first created Watson and now neural-synaptic chips. But rivals like Google are getting into the game, as well, hiring inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil last year as a director of engineering.

Kurzweil, who invented the flatbed scanner and commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, is known as one of technology’s foremost proponents of artificial intelligence. He believes machines can, and will,… read more

Coast to Coast AM | Mind-machine

February 24, 2013

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Source: Coast to Coast AM — February 24, 2013

In the first half, George Knapp welcomed futurist Ray Kurzweil for a discussion on the merging of man and machine as well as his research into reverse engineering the human brain to understand precisely how it works. According to Kurzweil’s estimate, the brain consists of 300 million “pattern recognizers” which assign these trends into hierarchies.

This hierarchy ranges from simple patterns like shapes and sounds, at the low… read more

Singularity Weblog | Mobile innovators: Best Buy features Ray Kurzweil on Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Source: Singularity Weblog — February 6, 2012 | Nikola Danaylov

“I’m Ray Kurzweil. I gave your words a voice.” This was Ray’s punchline during yesterday’s feature Best Buy Super Bowl ad also acknowledging a number of other mobile innovators.

The commercial focused the spotlight on ten technology innovators who have changed the way we use our phones:

  • Philippe Kahn: created the camera phone and MotionX
  • Neil Papworth: sent the first SMS message
  • Paul

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Mobiledia | Movers and shakers: Ray Kurzweil, a restless genius

August 26, 2013

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Source: Mobiledia — August 26, 2013 | Margaret Rock

By all accounts, Ray Kurzweil is a genius, a “restless genius,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Forbes called him the “ultimate thinking machine,” while PBS picked him as one of 16 “Revolutionaries Who Made America” — a list that included legends like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

You know those names every time you flick on a light or jump into a car, but despite… read more

Nerdworld.com | Nerd of the Week: Ray Kurzweil

November 6, 2000

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Source: Nerdworld.com — November 6, 2000 | Morgan Michaels

NW: How did your Nerd Life evolve?

RK: By the age of five I was convinced I would be a scientist/inventor. I always knew what I was going to be. I got involved in projects [that] grabbed my imagination and that usually winded up being a lot more complicated than originally anticipated. At the age of seven or eight, I built a puppet theater that had mechanical systems that changed the scenery. I got involved with computers at about the age of twelve. I built some computer like devices with electrical parts I would buy down on Canal Street in New York. You could buy these telephone relays that were primary electrical devices I could use to implement logical circuits.… read more

NPR "Talk of the Nation" | New defense technologies, operating system update

November 2, 2001

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Source: NPR "Talk of the Nation" — November 2, 2001

What new technologies will be developed to defeat terrorism? Ray Kurzweil, David Pogue and Nate Lewis discuss a new iniative designed to spur entrepreneurs into developing creative solutions.… read more

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… read more

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