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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.

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 [...]

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

Wired | On the exponential curve inside Singularity University

May 6, 2013

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Source: Wired — May 6, 2013 | David Rowan

It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singuarity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according to prolific inventor and author Ray Kurzweil) sometime around 2045. Still, the official welcome at Singularity University’s (SU) opening executive-programme class this fresh December afternoon in Nasa’s Ames research campus, at Moffett Federal Airfield, California, is delivered, appropriately, by a 60cm-tall NAO… read more

The New York Review of Books | On the road to immortality

November 10, 2011

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Source: The New York Review of Books — November 10, 2011 | John Gray

First published in 2009, and more recently in a paperback edition, Transcend presents “an easy-to-follow program” — “a comprehensive exercise program, sample menus and recipes, precise dosages for supplements, when and where to obtain blood tests, and many other helpful details.”

The program’s initial goal is “to slow down and in many cases to stop the processes that lead to disease and aging” so that we can “live… read more

Scientific American | On TV, Ray Kurzweil tells me how to build a brain

December 11, 2012

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Source: Scientific American — December 11, 2012 | Ingrid Wickelgren

I recently interviewed author and inventor Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. The 58-minute segment aired on December 1, 2 and 3 on the C-SPAN2 program After Words. The book’s thesis is that it is essentially possible to reverse-engineer the human brain to create a computer mind that works like yours and mine. The advantages of such a creation, Kurzweil… read more

Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 10, 2014

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Source: Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s

May 14, 2013

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Source: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — May 14, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

We currently fight heart disease with drugs that reduce cholesterol buildup; but with new technologies predicted for the 2020s, we will simply grow new veins or hearts where necessary. In fact, nearly all of our organs, bones, muscles, hair, and skin can be replaced as these new procedures become available.

Ray Kurzweil, in his best-selling book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, confirmed that we… read more

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