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

Wired | Kurzweil: Rooting for the machine

November 3, 2000

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Wired — November 3, 2000 | Declan McCullagh

Raymond Kurzweil doesn’t merely predict that machine intelligence will surpass human brains by the end of the century. He’s eagerly anticipating it. In a Kurzweillian future, the world would become a very strange place, where converging advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology and computer science combine to propel humanity to its next stage of evolution.

“By the end of this century, I don’t think there will be a… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more

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The Boston Globe | Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton

November 16, 2011

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The Boston Globe — November 16, 2011

A couple dozen actors, writers, politicians and scientists call Newton their current or former home:

Ray Kurzweil — He’s one of MIT’s most vocal and high-profile technology visionaries.… read more

Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

Mike Gatti, executive director… read more

Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 8, 2014

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Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

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