Slashdot | Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil about the future of mankind and technology

January 28, 2013

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Slashdot — January 28, 2013

The recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents, Ray Kurzweil’s accolades are almost too many to list. A prolific inventor, Kurzweil created the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments.

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Time | Question Everything — Will robots need rights? Robots will demand rights and we’ll grant them

September 22, 2015

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Time — September 11, 2015 | Ray Kurzweil

It’s a question of morality. There is no way to prove that one entity is conscious and another is not. Virtual characters can claim to be, but that does not convince us that they are.

Some scientists say therefore that consciousness is an illusion. I would argue against that, however, because our entire moral system is based on it.

If morality and rights are based… read more

Forbes | Do humans live too long?

July 16, 2014

Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen

Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most famous immortalist, insisting there is no reason to believe death can’t be stopped or reversed, a feat that would only contribute to overall human productivity.

“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more

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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The Huffington Post | The truth is out, robots are us

September 7, 2015

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The Huffington Post — August 24, 2015 | John M. Eger

Microsoft’s experiment in China with chatbot known as Xiaoice was a success. Folks chat with Xiaoice when they have been dumped in a relationship, are experiencing depression or been laid off.

As a virtual platform, people can chat for extended lengths of time with her. Users feel she has excellent listening skills, a great sense of humor and so called ability to love you unconditionally.

That machines may… read more

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

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