Tendencias21 | Digital brains and minds just around the corner

September 25, 2013

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Tendencias21 — September 25, 2013 | José Luis Cordeiro

Ray Kurzweil is probably the most influential futurist in the world right now. But beyond being a futurist, Kurzweil is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, musician, educator and writer. All his books on technology have been bestsellers.

Each book has been shocking at the time and all have had significant predictions about major events and future possibilities.

Kurzweil begins his new book with a series of thought experiments… read more

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

Huffington Post | Self-driving cars are the future

January 20, 2017

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Huffington Post — January 3, 2017 | Rachel Wolfson

Entrepreneurs are moving quicker and quicker as time goes on. Google’s futurist Ray Kurzweil calls this acceleration of tech over time speeding up the law of accelerating returns.

Tech hubs that enable a more advanced society can progress at a faster rate than other societies.

19th century entrepreneurs knew more and had better tech than 15th century business owners, so society was far more advanced in the 19th… read more

Nerdworld.com | Nerd of the Week: Ray Kurzweil

November 6, 2000

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Nerdworld.com — November 6, 2000 | Morgan Michaels

NW: How did your Nerd Life evolve?

RK: By the age of five I was convinced I would be a scientist/inventor. I always knew what I was going to be. I got involved in projects [that] grabbed my imagination and that usually winded up being a lot more complicated than originally anticipated. At the age of seven or eight, I built a puppet theater that had mechanical systems that changed the scenery. I got involved with computers at about the age of twelve. I built some computer like devices with electrical parts I would buy down on Canal Street in New York. You could buy these telephone relays that were primary electrical devices I could use to implement logical circuits.… read more

New Scientist | A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity —  a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us live long enough to… read more

Andrew Breitbart Presents: Big Hollywood | The Hollywood Revolt, Part 5: The greatest Walt Disney, the millennial Mark Zuckerberg, and the collapse of the left

July 8, 2011

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Andrew Breitbart Presents: Big Hollywood — July 8, 2011 | David Swindle

Consider Transcendent Man, the recent documentary about inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. The film is based on his 2005 book The Singularity is Near and builds on his past 20 years of accurate predictions of technological growth. This is the reality we forget: technology is constantly getting twice as powerful, half as expensive, and much smaller.

And the speed of this doubling

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press clips | Ryerson Univ. + rDigital-Life | Ramona Pringle interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2012

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rdigitalife | What does it mean to be human in today’s wired world? Join host Ramona Pringle as she speaks with leading experts & creative thinkers to hear what they have to say about the evolving relationship between humanity and technology. This wired world is our digital life, and we want to hear what you think. So join the conversation, voice your questions and share your experiences.   http://rdigitalife.com/?s=Kurzweil Source: Ryerson University… read more

Phys.org | Google’s Ray Kurzweil revs up search focus with AI vision

January 15, 2013

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Phys.org — January 15, 2013 | Nancy Owano

The setting: An intimate gathering at Singularity University’s NASA campus in Silicon Valley. This is the place founded by Dr. Peter Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, pursuing the idea of a new university that could “leverage the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges.” Speaking in an interview is artificial intelligence expert and Google’s new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil.

Now you know this is worth… read more

Mashable | Watch Steve Aoki’s new music video featuring Ray Kurzweil

May 17, 2013

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Mashable — May 17, 2013 | Todd Olmstead

Electronic musician Steve Aoki is a self-professed “Apple geek” and otherwise a big fan of technology.

For his new music video for the track “Singularity,” which Mashable is presenting for the first time exclusively, he recruited futurist and technologist Ray Kurzweil to participate. Kurzweil, who became Google’s Director of Engineering earlier this year, is famous for his predictions about the future in which human minds will… read more

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