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io9 | Will we survive our technology?

March 21, 2013

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Source: io9 — March 21, 2013 | George Dvorsky

Our technologies are becoming more powerful with each passing year, and with an eerie regularity. This has led some to believe that we’re hurtling towards a sort of nexus point, the so-called Singularity. Looking to explore this possibility, director Doug Wolens recently put together a fascinating documentary on the subject. We spoke to him to learn more about his new film — and what the Singularity could… read more

National Post | Why so many cast aside common sense and strive for the seemingly impossible eternal life

August 25, 2013

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Source: National Post — August 23, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld

This modern era is no different, of course, if anything, faith in technology has made the impossible seem possible. That faith is beginning to lend legitimacy to physical immortalists, a still-fringe but growing cast of characters who view death as a curable disease.

Anti-aging researchers at Harvard and other top medical institutions are making strides every day on new drugs and interventions from compounds such as… read more

Ion Cinema | Her review

January 16, 2014

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Source: Ion Cinema — December 18, 2013 | Jordan M. Smith

As with the larger whole of his work, Jonze challenges our notions of consciousness and embodiment through the naive notion of fantasy, but this time he takes pains to tie down Theodore’s romance with a technologically plausible narrative that sees Ray Kurzweil’s singularity coming steadily nearer.

Despite the ever-prevalence of tech and disconnection between people, Her is a powerful work of emotionally driven cinema. [...]

The Verge | Celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks Her will be a reality by 2029

February 20, 2014

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Source: The Verge — February 18, 2014 | Aaron Souppouris

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified to discuss the technology that permeates through the movie than the renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

In a blog post, the author, who joined Google in 2012, discusses the feasibility of Her‘s AI, concluding that companions with a similar capacity to Samantha could become reality within 15 years. [...]

 

Guardian Liberty Voice | Gennady Stolyarov on transhumanism, Google Glass, Kurzweil and singularity

May 28, 2014

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — May 22, 2014 | Rebecca Savastio

We also asked Stolyarov about Google Glass and chief engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil. Stolyarov gave tremendous insight into these issues and more. Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is a transhumanist. He is working toward the Singularity and the day when computers become smarter than people.

There has not been a single technology in recent history that has remained an exclusive preserve of the wealthy, even though many technologies started… read more

New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: Building bridges to immortality

December 27, 2010

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Source: New Scientist — December 27, 2010 | Robert Adler

Make it to the year 2045 and you can live forever, the controversial futurist claims. So how’s his personal quest for immortality going?

For Ray Kurzweil, it’s all about patterns. The ultimate pattern that preoccupies him is the human brain. Kurzweil believes the exponential growth of artificial intelligence, biotechnology and nanotechnology means that before 2050 the full intricacy of his brain — and, he hopes, his… read more

The Economist | The new overlords: Man and technology are evolving together in radical new ways

March 10, 2011

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Source: The Economist — March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? People were shocked in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue computer beat Garry Kasparov, a Russian grandmaster, at chess. But winning a board game is a trivial task compared with understanding the complexities and idiosyncrasies of human speech. The company has now developed Watson, a supercomputer it thinks is capable of understanding “natural language”.

To put this claim to the test, IBM arranged for… read more

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Source: Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The future is so bright, it’s dematerializing

February 25, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 25, 2012 | Matt Ridley

Dematerialization is one of the reasons that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give for the future’s being “better than you think” in their new book, Abundance. Mr. Diamandis founded the X Prizes, which handsomely reward those who reach certain far-minded goals in technology, medicine, energy and ecology.

As well as the X Prizes, Mr. Diamandis is cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, where the futurist Ray… read more

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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Source: The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… read more

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