New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity – a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us liveread more

The Boston Globe | 150 fascinating, fun, important, interesting, lifesaving, life-altering, bizarre and bold ways that MIT has made a difference

May 15, 2011

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The Boston Globe — May 15, 2011 | Sam Allis, et al.

Some were invented at MIT. Others were simply inspired by time spent at MIT. But all of them (well, maybe not #150) have had a profound impact, in one way or another, on society, culture, politics, economics, transportation, health, science, and, oh yes, technology.

In the 150 years since the Commonwealth approved a charter by William Barton Rogers to incorporate the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Society of… read more

Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

The Atlantic Wire | The SXSWi power ranking Singularity is here

March 12, 2012

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The Atlantic Wire — March 12, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett

We’re into the Monday doldrums at SXSW. Three straight days of walking and talking and drinking, yet somehow people still feel compelled to go outside and keep talking and walking and drinking. On a weekday! The nerve of this town.

Meanwhile, Skype has paid this “town crier” to read Tweets out loud on the street, making the concept of shouting into the void all too literal. It’s almost… read more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 27, 2014

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TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

TED | TED 2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design

March 11, 2014

TED — March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Jacobs

With just one week left to go until TED 2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote about the science of goat arousal and which launched a defense… read more

TED | What might the future hold? Predictions at TED 1984 to 2014

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

TED | Predictions are a mug’s game. Nonetheless, many TED speakers have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like.

This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

BusinessWeek | The future according to Ray Kurzweil

June 29, 2000

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BusinessWeek — June 29, 2000 | Alex Salkever

The visionary and author tells PC Expo-goers to expect mind-shattering, exponential development in computing and other tech fields and includes advice for Alan Greenspan. Ray Kurzweil’s recent book The Age of Spiritual Machines looked far into the future, when electronic devices may think, act, and even feel emotions the way humans do. And true to form, the technologist and renowned visionary cut a wide swath across history in a Thursday… read more

The National Association of Broadcasters | Revolutionary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil will take the stage at 2010 NAB show

April 2, 2010

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The National Association of Broadcasters — April 2, 2010 | NAB staff

 The NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, has announced that Ray Kurzweil, one of the 21st century’s most revolutionary thinkers, will headline a session entitled “The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Media, Communications, and Society.” A discussion with Donald Marinelli, Executive Producer of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, will… read more

Rough Type | The avatar of my father

February 16, 2009

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Rough Type — February 16, 2009 | Nicholas Carr

HORATIO: O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.”  The Singularity — the prophesied moment when artificial intelligence leaps ahead of human intelligence, rendering man both obsolete and immortal — has been jokingly called “the rapture of the geeks.” But to Ray Kurzweil, the most famous of the Singularitarians, it’s no joke. In a profile in the current issue of Rolling Stone (not available online), Kurzweil describes how, in the… read more

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