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Nerdworld.com | Nerd of the Week: Ray Kurzweil

November 6, 2000

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Source: 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.

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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Source: The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

CNET News | Tech visionary gets inventor prize

April 25, 2001

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Source: CNET News — April 25, 2001 | Charles Cooper

The Lemelson-MIT prize, presented to Ray Kurzweil in Washington, D.C., recognizes his 35-year track record inventing technologies in areas as diverse as pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and speech reading.

Wired | Kurzweil’s future coming fast

April 25, 2001

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Source: Wired — April 25, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

There are those who eagerly await things such as Apple’s OS X or the latest build of Linux or whatever twist Microsoft has in store for its windowed world. And then there are others whose interest in operating systems runs on a longer clock.

Take Raymond Kurzweil. His life and work revolves around a singularly significant launch he expects within the next 20 to 30 years:… read more

Wired | Aaron: Art from the machine

May 12, 2001

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Source: Wired — May 12, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil has sponsored the premiere of the first excursion into computational art in history.… read more

The Christian Science Monitor | Kiss me, you human

June 28, 2001

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor — June 28, 2001 | Stephen Humphries

You needn’t have taken a philosophy course to see A.I., the new Steven Spielberg movie, but you may wish you’d enrolled in Philosophy 101 by the time you exit the cinema. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), is a futuristic story in which a robot resembling an 11-year-old boy embarks on a Pinocchio-like quest to become human. Mr. Spielberg’s movie posits the idea that machines can develop self-awareness, and even… read more

NPR "Talk of the Nation" | New defense technologies, operating system update

November 2, 2001

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Source: NPR "Talk of the Nation" — November 2, 2001

What new technologies will be developed to defeat terrorism? Ray Kurzweil, David Pogue and Nate Lewis discuss a new iniative designed to spur entrepreneurs into developing creative solutions.… read more

Wired | Kurzweil’s law

November 6, 2001

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Source: Wired — April 2001 | Paul Boutin

Change is accelerating. And so is the acceleration. Say good-bye to the future as we know it.… read more

Ray Kurzweil Q&A with Darwin Magazine

December 3, 2001 by Ray Kurzweil

Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more

National Inventors Hall of Fame | Kurzweil Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2002

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Source: National Inventors Hall of Fame — May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 16, 2002. He was recognized for the invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and other significant inventions.

Father of the Kurzweil Reading Machine Helped the Blind While Reshaping Information Technology for the World

Imagine enabling the blind to “read” ordinary printed materials, along the way pioneering information technologies that profoundly impact how the world processes information for decades to come.… read more

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