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Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

The Blaze | Ridiculously accurate futurist shares his bold prediction on the Glenn Beck program

November 20, 2012

Source: The Blaze — November 20, 2012 | Liz Klimas

The Mayans might have predicted that the end of the world is only a month away from now, but Ray Kurzweil would say the end of the world as we know it will come sometime in the middle of 2040.

At that time, Kurzweil believes technology and artificial intelligence (or accelerated intelligence as he would call it) will be so advanced that humans will augment their own minds and… read more

Quartz | The bitcoin of governance could be coming soon

August 31, 2013

Source: Quartz — August 30, 2013 | Gulay Ozkan

I left Istanbul in mid-June to join a 10-week program in Silicon Valley to solve global grand challenges through technology. On the first day, futurist and director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, and futurist and CEO of X Prize foundation, Peter Diamandis, laid out our mission at Singularity University: create a positive impact on a billion people in a decade and create disruptive innovation.

The… read more

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview: Ray Kurzweil discusses his first two months at Google

March 19, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — March 19, 2013 | David J. Hill

In another exclusive interview with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil provides an update about his first two months as Director of Engineering at Google. During the interview Kurzweil revealed that his team is collaborating with other groups at Google to enable computers to understand and speaking language just like humans.

Kurzweil also tells us how Larry Page personally recruited him to join Google to pursue the goal of creating… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil’s top 5 reasons to be optimistic for 2013

January 1, 2013

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Source: Big Think — January 1, 2013 | Daniel Honan

Will you be better off this year than your were in the past? To the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the answer is a resounding yes. “We are far more productive and healthy and better off in every way than we were in the past,” Kurzweil, the author of the new book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, told Big Think in a… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Google’s Kurzweil says the machines will think for themselves by 2040, and oh we’ll be immortal

February 11, 2014

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 10, 2014 | Jon Xavier

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil is one of the most accomplished men of our time. Google is trying to bring about technological singularity, creating a true AI smart enough to improve its own source code.

Machines can progress to far-future, science fiction levels of intelligence within our lifetimes. Kurzweil predicts this will happen by 2040.

That’s something Kurzweil’s group is already working on, and if you have… read more

The Independent | Review: Inferno Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

May 14, 2013

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Source: The Independent — May 14, 2013 | Boyd Tonkin

Inferno grafts the artificial-plague motif onto the biology and ideology of population control and the heretical science of the “Transhumanist” movement. This updated variant of eugenics believes that humanity must take control of its own evolution.

Many SF authors, along with outlier scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, have long pondered such a utopian, or dystopian, future. But thanks to Inferno, the neo-Malthusians, the “Population Apocalypse Equation”, and even… read more

Luke Ryan Blog | The Singularity — a layman’s view

November 10, 2011

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Source: Luke Ryan Blog — November 10, 2011 | Luke Ryan

Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius named Raymond Kurzweil (below).

Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his… read more

The Grid | Five things we learned at Ray Kurzweil’s immortality lecture

October 24, 2012

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Source: The Grid — October 24, 2012 | Jesse Ship

Smug, nerdy, and in full I-told-ya-so form, inventor Ray Kurzweil expounded to an audience of hipsters, futurists, and mad scientists at the Danforth Music Hall last Thursday night. Kurzweil talked about the future of artificial intelligence and a few topics from his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind. Some of the highlights included:

» What really separates the men from the monkeys: According… read more

NewsFactor Network | Storm rages after Google argues against Gmail privacy

August 25, 2013

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Source: NewsFactor Network — August 14, 2013 | Barry Levine

Google’s understanding of the non-privacy of e-mail applies not only to Gmail users who send e-mail, but also e-mail users on other services that send to Gmail.

Its approach to e-mail is, of course, only the tip of its non-privacy iceberg. The company has made it very clear that it intends to know what users want before they do, as its director of engineering Ray Kurzweil… read more

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