Business Insider | Apple wants to use your heart rate and facial expressions to figure out what mood you’re in

January 24, 2014

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Business Insider — January 24, 2014 | Aaron Taube

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil is working to improve its search function to the point where humans could type in a sentence, and the computer could understand the query on an emotional level.

And earlier this month, Yahoo acquired Aviate, a company that organizes and searches for phone apps based on what it thinks you’ll be looking for at a certain time. [...]

Entrepreneur | Steve Wozniak, the future of AI is scary and very bad for people

March 23, 2015

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Entrepreneur — March 23, 2015 | Laura Entis

Apple co-founder and programming whiz Steve Wozniak added his own predictions about artificial intelligence’s detrimental impact on the future of humanity.

“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” he told the outlet. Recent tech advancements have convinced Steve Wozniak that writer Raymond Kurzweil — who believes machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence within the next few decades — is onto something.

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Singularity University: Singularity Hub | Are you a thinking thing? Why debating machine consciousness matters

August 18, 2015

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Singularity University: Singularity Hub — August 16, 2015 | Alison E. Berman

In a recent talk, Ray Kurzweil showed the complexity of measuring machine consciousness.

“We can’t just ask an entity: Are you conscious?” he said. “Because we can ask entities in video games today, and they’ll say: Yes, I’m conscious and I’m angry at you.

“But we don’t believe them because they don’t have the subtle cues that we associate with really having that subjective state. My prediction is that… read more

The Times | Brains of the future will be hybrid of man and machine

June 5, 2015

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The Times — June 5, 2015 | James Dean

Human brains will be boosted with artificial intelligence at some point after the year 2030, one of the foremost thinkers on AI has said.

The brain will connect to online AI to become a “hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking,” Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, suggested.

Tiny  nanobots made from DNA strands would connect our brains to the internet, allowing us to augment our own intelligence… read more

Katalyst | Katalyst vs. Singularity: a radical exploration into a subject of our times

April 15, 2012

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Katalyst — April 15, 2012 | Carver Wilcox, Anthony Batt & Kashy Khaledi

Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Vernor Vinge describes [technological] “Singularity” as having the technological means to create a superhuman intelligence where the human era will be ended.

There’s an inherent fear in hearing “the human era will be ended.” How do you think people today can cope with this possible future?

I don’t describe it that way, at all, at least not with that… read more

TechCrunch | Get ready to lose your job

February 16, 2013

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TechCrunch — February 16, 2013 | Jon Evans

For 50 years now Moore’s Law has been (to oversimplify) doubling computing power every two years. People like Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge look at that astonishing history of nonstop exponential growth and predict a technological singularity within our lifetimes.

Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient… read more

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

August 28, 2014

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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

Autoevolution | Google’s Ray Kurzweil says autonomous cars will free us, are linked to immortality and VR

April 22, 2015

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Autoevolution — April 22, 2015 | Mihnea Radu

The words of this inventor and futurist have struck a cord, explaining how the iRobot Audi fits in our future.

Kurzweil believes that by 2022, a $1,000 computer will be able to “emulate all the computation of the brain.”

2022 is when most car companies developing autonomous or semi-autonomous cars will be ready to launch. Kurzweil believes they help reduce the number of people killed in accidents, and… read more

The Guardian | Rise of the robots, how long do we have until they take our jobs?

February 4, 2015

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The Guardian — February 4, 2015 | Hannah Devlin

Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, if they overcome current limitation.

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has estimated that robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, purportedly leaving us about 14 years to reign supreme.

The next step, elusive thus far, is developing a program that actually understands the meaning of words and phrases. Computer scientists generally… read more

Toronto Star | Ray Kurzweil’s new book predicts development of a super digital brain

October 16, 2012

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Toronto Star — October 16, 2012 | Michael Oliveira

Futurist Ray Kurzweil optimistically predicts much longer life expectancies, cures for cancer and heart disease, flying cars and robot butlers.

Humans will become capable of feats that now seem impossible — for many of us, in our lifetime — in large part due to expected advances in brain research, posits the inventor and author in his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

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