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Silicon Valley Business Journal | 5 things you should know about the future

February 15, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Silicon Valley is known for inventing the future rather than predicting it. But this week, I did a deep dive into the business of futurism, speaking with several professional futurists about what they see on the horizon. Here are the top five takeaways from my conversations with experts in the art of navigating the unknown.

2) Rather than playing dress-up in history class, you’ll be able… read more

Forbes | 70,000+ have played Eyewire game that trains computers to map the brain

August 25, 2013

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Source: Forbes — August 19, 2013 | Aaron Frank

Today our technology improves at the speed of Moore’s Law, and those who study that exponential growth, like Ray Kurzweil, contend that we will not only map the brain in our lifetime, but are only a decade away from doing so.

Such ambitious claims are certain to give a neuroscientist the same knee jerk reaction that life scientists had when similar early claims were made about sequencing… read more

The Science Channel | Brink episode 20: Artificial Intelligence

July 13, 2009

Source: The Science Channel — Jul 13, 2009 | The Science Channel

Artificial Intelligence: Josh Zepps looks into robots that can learn. Meet your future digital assistant, “Laura.” She has “intelligent” sensing components, including facial recognition and speech recognition. Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talks about advances in Artificial Intelligence and the challenges and dangers of robot intelligence. Rhett & Link fall in love with a robot.

Popular Science | Her is the smartest movie about artificial intelligence in years

December 26, 2013

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Source: Popular Science — December 20, 2013 | Erik Sofge

This week saw the beginning of the marketing campaign for 2014’s Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as a seemingly megalomaniacal AI researcher. In the first teaser trailer, Depp narrates one of the more widely-held fears.

“Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology. In a short time, its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world.… read more

Ion Cinema | Her review

January 16, 2014

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Source: Ion Cinema — December 18, 2013 | Jordan M. Smith

As with the larger whole of his work, Jonze challenges our notions of consciousness and embodiment through the naive notion of fantasy, but this time he takes pains to tie down Theodore’s romance with a technologically plausible narrative that sees Ray Kurzweil’s singularity coming steadily nearer.

Despite the ever-prevalence of tech and disconnection between people, Her is a powerful work of emotionally driven cinema. [...]

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 21, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

The Boston Globe | How to Create a Mind, The Light of Amsterdam, Because I Said So!

December 8, 2012

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Source: The Boston Globe — December 8, 2012 | Kate Tuttle

If you met a non-biological intelligent entity, one that demonstrated convincingly human-like emotional responses (it could laugh and cry, tell a joke, and argue), would you accept it as a conscious being, more or less equivalent to a person? Ray Kurzweil says he would, and much of his latest book focuses on trying to persuade readers to abandon long-held beliefs about the unique value of the human… read more

Publishers Weekly | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

October 22, 2012

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Source: Publishers Weekly — October 22, 2012

Bringing together contemporary theories and research in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near) provides insight into how the human brain functions, while speculating on the possibilities and philosophical implications of creating a nonbiological mind.

Underlying this analysis is the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind, a process in the neocortex, the seat of higher brain functions such as perception, memory, and language —… read more

WBUR Radio Boston | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

November 29, 2012

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Source: WBUR Radio Boston — November 29, 2012 | Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks

Think how far and how fast technology has advanced. Just a century and a half ago, the fastest way we could communicate with each other was by Pony Express. Then came the telegraph, telephones and computers, all revolutionizing the way we live, work and play — in just a few decades.

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says soon we’ll be able to introduce tiny computers into our blood… read more

Viking & Penguin | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed now available in paperback

August 27, 2013

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Source: Viking & Penguin — August 27, 2013

Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil unravels the mysteries of human thinking to provide a roadmap to superhuman intelligence in The New York Times best-selling book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

Penguin Books, paperback on-sale date August 27, 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-14-312404-7 | $17.00.

The paperback edition is now available at: Penguin Books,read more

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