November 16, 2006
Source: Alex Barnett Blog — November, 2006 | Alex Barnett
When I arrived on Saturday morning I browsed the sessions that other attendees had proposed and there were a number that I wanted to attend.
I popped out to get a coffee from Starbucks and on the… read more
February 17, 2011
Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 17, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil
Over the past three days,the TV show Jeopardy! featured a showdown between a clever IBM computer system called Watson and the two greatest Jeopardy! champions. Watson won handily. It won the preliminary practice round, tied Monday’s opening round, and won by large margins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The point has been made: Watson can compete at the championship level—and is making it more difficult for anyone to argue that there… read more
November 6, 2011
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald — November 6, 2011 | Nick Miller
Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil believes humans will soon be able to live forever with the help of computers. Barmy or brilliant?
It used to be that you would go into a dark tent where an old woman would gaze into a ball and tell you about the dark handsome stranger in your future.
In the 21st century, it seems, the tent is a rather eccentrically decorated office… read more
February 5, 2012
Source: CNET — February 5, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk
Instead of last year’s Justin Bieber and Ozzie Osbourne, here we had stellar individuals such as artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil; Philippe Kahn, the creator of the first cell phone camera; and the people who invented Instagram, Words With Friends, text messages, and other technological… read more
November 16, 2012
Source: The Wall Street Journal — November 16, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature? Yes indeed, say the authors of Beyond Human Nature and How to Create a Mind. In the first book, Jesse… read more
January 11, 2013
Source: ZDNet — January 11, 2013 | Sam Shead
“The project I plan to do is focused on natural language understanding although it may have other applications,” said Kurzweil in a video interview with Singularity Hub, published on Thursday. “We want to give computers the ability to understand the… read more
September 16, 2013
Source: Fortune — September 16, 2013 | John Hagel, John Seely Brown
Singularity University doesn’t have a big staff or a long history. It was founded in 2009 by two successful entrepreneurs, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, with the vision of using disruptive technologies to positively impact a billion people within a decade.
They are motivated to explore the potential of rapidly advancing technologies to take on humanity’s big challenges, such as water scarcity and energy consumption. [...]
February 16, 2008
Source: TED — February 16, 2008
TED | The National Academies’ “Grand Challenges for Engineering” list, released yesterday, runs down the 14 most pressing issues we must face in the 21st century.
Creating access to clean water, restoring our cities, engineering new medicines and new ways of providing care — the list is vast and inspiring. Look on the Next Steps area to find out where we can go from here.… read more
February 23, 1998
Source: Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge
Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more