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New Scientist | Will robots doing TED talks spark an AI breakthrough?

March 21, 2014

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Source: New Scientist — March 21, 2014 | Aviva Rutkin

New Scientist | Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Bono have all done it. Soon robots will have a chance to deliver their own TED talks. That’s the latest challenge to the field of artificial intelligence, announced yesterday by the non-profit X Prize Foundation.

“We will need to take some number of months to figure this out,” Diamandis adds. “We have some great experts like Ray Kurzweil and Sebastian… read more

io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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Source: io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Will Google’s Ray Kurzweil live forever?

April 12, 2013

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — April 12, 2013 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

In 15 years, the famous inventor expects medical technology will add a year of life expectancy every year. Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

This is a trick question. Mr. Kurzweil famously hopes an obituary won’t be necessary. And in the event of his unexpected demise, he is widely reported to have signed… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Why you should bet big on bionic brains

November 23, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — November 23, 2012 | Matt Ridley

When an IBM computer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folk opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising. Mastering the subtleties of human language, including similes, puns and humor, would remain far beyond the reach of a computer.

Last year another IBM program, Watson, triumphed at just these challenges by winning… read more

CNET | Why the Moto X is a Google moon shot

August 25, 2013

Source: CNET — August 2, 2013 | Dan Farber

Google has long focused its engineering resources on artificial intelligence. In December 2012, the company hired AI pioneer Ray Kurzweil to work on getting computers to converse more intelligently with humans, and the company is also using large-scale neural networks, which mimic how the human brain functions.

Ultimately, Google’s AI moon shot is for its brain to pass the Turing test, proof that a machine has… read more

Forbes | Why the future of technology is all too human

February 25, 2014

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2014 | Greg Satell

When Ray Kurzweil published The Age Of Spiritual Machines in 1999, he predicted a new era of thinking machines that will meet and then exceed human intelligence.

Today, it appears we are entering a new industrial revolution. In The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil illustrated the point in a cartoon with some posters on the wall showing what computers can’t do and others on the floor representing limits that… read more

Network World | Why tablet market growth will drop off in three years

December 23, 2013

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Source: Network World — December 4, 2013 | Steven Max Patterson

Google has hired artificial intelligence and speech recognition guru Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering.

The accuracy of speech recognition is on a course of continuous improvement. Much attention is directed to go beyond speech recognition to understand the intent of the spoken word.

Speech recognition interfaces to backend services will improve the user experience to the point that voice will become the predominant computer-human interaction.… read more

National Post | Why so many cast aside common sense and strive for the seemingly impossible eternal life

August 25, 2013

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Source: National Post — August 23, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld

This modern era is no different, of course, if anything, faith in technology has made the impossible seem possible. That faith is beginning to lend legitimacy to physical immortalists, a still-fringe but growing cast of characters who view death as a curable disease.

Anti-aging researchers at Harvard and other top medical institutions are making strides every day on new drugs and interventions from compounds such as… read more

The Build Network | Why Moore’s Law is still exponentially relevant

April 1, 2012

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Source: The Build Network — April 2012 | Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

The effects of Moore’s Law add up faster than you think. (Seriously. Let us show you.) Which explains why computers and ‘big data’ are about to transform your competitive landscape.

“It comes from an ancient story about math made relevant to the present by the innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil. In one version of the story, the inventor of the game of chess shows his creation to… read more

Sam Snyder Blog | Why I voted for Ray Kurzweil for president

November 6, 2012

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Source: Sam Snyder Blog — November 6, 2012 | Sam Snyder

Kurzweil represents the best aspects of America: entrepreneurship, invention, scientific research, helping others, and sharing knowledge. Kurzweil makes predictions and then assesses the accuracy of those predictions.

He has an accuracy rate which far surpasses other predictors. He incorporates new scientific evidence to change his worldview, as he did between his books The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life and Transcend

One of Kurzweil’s messages is… read more

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