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The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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Source: The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

The Washington Post | MeriTalk tech conference brings public and private sectors together

March 1, 2010

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Source: The Washington Post — March 1, 2010 | Mike Musgrove

To make some sense of technology’s rapid advances, MeriTalk reached for a Big Thinker, the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil:

“Part of my mission here will be to broaden the perspective of these IT directors,” he said. “It’s not just routers and cloud computing. We really are transforming all the things we care about with information technology.”

As areas of study such as health intersect… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Big Think | Our favorite Super Bowl ad — smartphone nerds

February 6, 2012

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Source: Big Think — February 6, 2012 | Daniel Honan

Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called “Phone Innovators” featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil.

“I’m Ray Kurzweil,” the futurist and inventor says in the commercial. “I gave your words a voice,” his phone then says.

ReadWriteWeb | Live drawing at SXSW of Kurzweil’s keynote

March 13, 2012

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Source: ReadWriteWeb — March 13, 2012 | Robyn Tippins

In this keynote, “Expanding Our Intelligence without Limit,” Lev Grossman from Time magazine talks with visionary Ray Kurzweil to hear his thoughts on how the future of AI will affect our thinking and how we might expand our intelligence without limit. [...]

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CNET | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, AI, and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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Source: CNET — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

The inventor and author speaks onstage at the Techonomy conference in Tucson about his new book on human thought and the themes that stem from it.

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil took to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his… read more

Wired | Why Her will dominate UI design even more than Minority Report

January 13, 2014

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Source: Wired — January 13, 2014 | Kyle van Hemert

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze’s new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie… read more

Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Source: Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.… read more

The Economist | The Economist’s Innovation Award for Computing and Telecommunications given to pioneer Raymond Kurzweil

October 13, 2009

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Source: The Economist — October 13, 2009

[...] The Economist is delighted to recognise Raymond Kurzweil, founder of Kurzweil Computer Products and Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, as this year’s winner in the category Computing and Telecommunications.

Previous winners in this category include Matti Makkonen, former Executive Vice Pesident, Sonera, for his work on Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging, and Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion, for the development of the BlackBerry mobile… read more

Forbes | Ray Kurzweil: Look to cybersecurity to fight human pandemics

February 23, 2011

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

Ray Kurzweil may be the world’s most prominent techno-optimist. The 63-year old futurist and artificial intelligence guru believes, famously, that by 2045 humans will build a computer capable of replicating and storing the human mind — what he calls the “singularity” — essentially allowing our mental selves to live on indefinitely.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Kurzweil takes an equally sunny view of cybersecurity,  in contradiction to the… read more

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