Grasshopper Group LLC | The future is now: infographic

January 26, 2011

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Grasshopper Group LLC — January 26, 2011 | Grasshopper Group LLC

Described by Forbes magazine as “the ultimate thinking machine”, American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil published volumes of insightful predictions about the technology-driven future that we are currently living in.

 Here, we explore which of his major forecasts came to fruition and what he sees in store for our destiny beyond.

The Independent | Revenge of the nerds: Should we listen to futurists or are they leading us towards ‘nerdocalypse’?

September 12, 2010

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The Independent — September 12, 2010 | Mike Hodgkinson

Over the following two days, in the conference hall at the Hyatt Regency hotel, these and other invited experts add their latest insights and thoughts to a concept first suggested in the 1950s by information theorist John von Neumann, expanded on during the 1980s and 1990s by computer scientist Vernor Vinge, and carried enthusiastically through to the 21st century by current singularitarian-in-chief, inventor Ray Kurzweil.

The singularity is… read more

William Hertling's Thoughtstream | Ray Kurzweil SXSW keynote: expanding our intelligence without limit

March 12, 2012

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream — March 12, 2012 | William Hertling

Notes on Ray Kurzweil’s SXSW keynote, from March 12, 2012 | “Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit”  [#sxsw #IQExpand]

  • Background
    • Written 4 bestselling books
    • 19 honorary doctorates
    • Honored by multiple U.S. Presidents
    • Tons of inventions
  • The hippie movement morphed into silicon valley movement. What we have today is the democratization of technology.
  • You

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Digital Trends | Will the Willy Wonka of technology help Google usher in a new future?

December 20, 2012

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Digital Trends — December 20, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Google has hired famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Will he be a figurehead, or a driving force at the company?

Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site,… read more

PolicyMic | 10 ways Google Glass will change us — whether we’re ready or not

May 13, 2013


PolicyMic — May 13, 2013 | Geoffrey Hoffman

The singularity is (almost) here: Ray Kurzweil, Google’s current engineering director, has written extensively about the “singularity,” the point where mankind and computers merge. Although Google Glass is not the singularity, it really does bring us closer to that (fateful, terrifying, dreaded, utopian, pick an adjective) day.

I do not mean to be overly optimistic in thinking about the potential of Google Glass. It will have positive benefits… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Visionary Awardees Kurzweil, Warrior, Blank, Diamandis: hear what they had to say about their achievements

June 28, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 28, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Ray Kurzweil, Padmasree Warrior, Peter Diamandis and Steve Blank joined the ranks of Silicon Valley Visionary Award winners Wednesday night at a gala event in Los Altos Hills. They join a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment that have been honored since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

Kurzweil, 65, has been a prolific inventor of such things… read more

Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 24, 2014


BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

The Georgia Straight | The future according to Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil

October 23, 2014

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The Georgia Straight — October 23, 2014 | Blaine Kyllo

Kurzweil used math modeling to predict that fossil fuels will be replaced within 20 years and we can engineer health lifespans.

Asked whether innovation will save us, Kurzweil is an optimist about our future.

Working for Google, Kurzweil’s got more data points on his graphs of exponential growth of information technologies. He says we’re only six doublings away from solar energy technologies being able to provide enough… read more

CNBC | Labor case won’t help Uber’s driver of the future

June 17, 2015

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CNBC — June 17, 2015 | Andrew Wood

Uber recently poached 40 of the scientific minds working at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. Uber and Carnegie Mellon already had a partnership to work on robotics formed in 2015 that would include the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.

How close is Silicon Valley to producing a self-driving car? Google has said that self-driving cars could be available to consumers as early as 2020. That… read more

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