The New York Times | The future is now? Pretty soon at least

June 3, 2008

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The New York Times — Jun 3, 2008 | John Tierney

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

GigaOM: Mobilize | Will Texas Instruments power your next watch?

May 4, 2011

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GigaOM: Mobilize — May 4, 2011 | Kevin C. Tofel

Consumers may not be quite ready for wearable computers, but watch-maker Fossil, along with Texas Instruments, thinks the time is near. The Fossil project, known as Meta Watch, brings a “wearable development system aimed at inspiring the next generation of connected-watch applications.” The Meta Watch will cost $200 when it arrives in July and is powered by TI’s MSP430 ultra-low-power microcontroller and Bluetooth chip.

Hopefully, the Bluetooth… read more

Flip the Media | Ray Kurzweil brings the Singularity to SXSW

March 13, 2012

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Flip the Media — March 13, 2012 | Joe Pavey

On Monday afternoon author and inventor Ray Kurzweil took the stage at SXSW for an interview session with frequent Time magazine contributor Lev Grossman.

Kurzweil, somewhat of a controversial figure in the tech community, was there to discuss his radically optimistic views on technology, human consciousness, and evolution.

The session began with Kurzweil delivering a short slide presentation about his predictions on how technology will impact… read more

New Scientist | Will we ever understand how our brains work?

November 9, 2012

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New Scientist — November 9, 2012 | Laura Spinney

Several projects are trying to reverse-engineer the brain. In How to Create a Mind, futurist Ray Kurzweil champions their cause.

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure its mind-blowing complexity. Others are starting to question that notion, and to subtly redefine the task. In How to Create aread more

Fast Company | Ray Kurzweil now on the job at Google

December 17, 2012

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Fast Company — December 17, 2012 | Neal Ungerleider

The search giant welcomes a Singularity evangelist. He will work on unspecified machine-learning and language-processing projects.

Ray Kurzweil is best known these days as the world’s foremost Singularity evangelist and as a prophet of a whizbang, techno-utopian future. However, Kurzweil first came to tech fame as a machine-learning guru whose groundbreaking work on voice recognition and optical character recognition changed computing and laid the groundwork for everything from Siri to… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | 5 things you should know about the future

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Silicon Valley is known for inventing the future rather than predicting it. But this week, I did a deep dive into the business of futurism, speaking with several professional futurists about what they see on the horizon. Here are the top five takeaways from my conversations with experts in the art of navigating the unknown.

2) Rather than playing dress-up in history class, you’ll be able… read more

Information Week | Voice Dream Reader affordable TTS for disabled users

May 15, 2013

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Information Week — May 15, 2013 | David F. Carr

Text-to-voice technology has a long history. The famed technologist Ray Kurzweil created an early reading software product in 1976, which in 1996 led to the founding of Kurzweil Educational Systems, a leading maker of reading software for PCs and Macs.

However, the Kurzweil software costs as much as $1,500 a seat, while some of the other PC-based text-to-speech products cost $50 to $70, Chen said. “We charge… read more

Viking & Penguin | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed now available in paperback

August 27, 2013

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Viking & Penguin — August 27, 2013

Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil unravels the mysteries of human thinking to provide a roadmap to superhuman intelligence in The New York Times best-selling book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

Penguin Books, paperback on-sale date August 27, 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-14-312404-7 | $17.00.

The paperback edition is now available at: Penguin Books,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

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