January 24, 2013
Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck
Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lecture | Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.
When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more
Source: Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith
In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.
The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… read more
Source: The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements
Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension
August 25, 2013
Source: Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci
Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more
December 14, 2013
Source: The Blaze — December 10, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten
In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books, including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3D printing.
Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence… read more
January 16, 2014
Source: Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell
Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.
Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible… read more
The Independent | Spike Jonze’s film Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with his computer but could it be more than science fiction?
February 14, 2014
Source: The Independent — February 13, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden
However, technology is moving faster than we might imagine. But Her is different; it depicts mutual love between man and machine that, for some reason, feels multi-faceted, amorous and profound. Just like the real thing.
Voice synthesis and voice recognition will improve markedly; conversing with computers will feel normal. According to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, backing up our minds to disk or to the cloud will… read more
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
Source: The New York Times — December 27, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil
Thirty years ago, I realized that timing was the key to success as an inventor. Most inventions fail because the timing is wrong — the innovation needs to make sense for the world that will exist when the project is finished.
Consider how quickly the world changes; just a few years ago, most people didn’t use social networks, wikis or blogs. As an engineer, I gathered a lot of… read more