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The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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Source: The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

Vanity Fair | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence

November 26, 2014

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Source: Vanity Fair — November 26, 2014 | Kurt Andersen

I met with Ray Kurzweil, in the process of packing up for Silicon Valley, to begin his new job as Google’s director of engineering — leading a research team to create AI software that can converse in fully human fashion.

I asked if he took the job because Google will be the most powerful entity as we transition toward the singularity, Kurzweil said it “would be somewhat self… read more

Business Insider | Five books celebrity life coach Tony Robbins thinks everyone should read

November 20, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — November 20, 2014 | Richard Feloni

In his career as a life coach, Tony Robbins has worked with a wide range of powerful people, including President Bill Clinton, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones.

We spoke with him recently and asked him what books he recommends to anyone, regardless of where they are in their career.

The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

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Money Morning | How Google will dominate the future

November 10, 2014

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Source: Money Morning — November 10, 2014 | Michael A. Robinson

This industry leader has combined Warren Buffett’s business genius with the futurist brain of Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. And there’s nothing but profit ahead for investors.

Kurzweil has pushed the boundaries of innovation for more than five decades. Take a close look at Kurzweil’s work at Google, where he’s a director of engineering.

It’s not well known, but even before Kurzweil’s arrival, the internet search… read more

ZDNet | Computing experts call for repeal of copyrightable API decision

November 10, 2014

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Source: ZDNet — November 10, 2014 | Chris Duckett

Signed by Ken Thompson, Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Schneier, Guido van Rossum, Ray Kurzweil, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, and Andrew Tridgell, among others, the petition filed with the US Supreme Court said that the May ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Court that granted Oracle copyright protection over certain parts of Java is widely regarded as both insupportable and dangerous. [...]

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The Wall Street Journal | WSJ Magazine: the columnists for November 2014

October 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — October 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: the future. Columnist Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, futurist and author.

Gold Seek | Who rules, information technology

October 27, 2014

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Source: Gold Seek — October 27, 2014 | George Smith

Kurzweil says exponential growth itself is growing exponentially and applies to a wide range of technologies, from electronic to biological.

He estimates a cubic inch of nanotube circuitry would be up to 100 million times more powerful than the human brain.

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The Georgia Straight | The future according to Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil

October 23, 2014

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Source: The Georgia Straight — October 23, 2014 | Blaine Kyllo

Kurzweil used math modeling to predict that fossil fuels will be replaced within 20 years and we can engineer health lifespans.

Asked whether innovation will save us, Kurzweil is an optimist about our future.

Working for Google, Kurzweil’s got more data points on his graphs of exponential growth of information technologies. He says we’re only six doublings away from solar energy technologies being able to provide enough… read more

The Telegraph | The real cyborgs

October 20, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — October 20, 2014 | Arthur House

One of the most prominent transhumanists is the inventor and philosopher Ray Kurzweil, currently Director of Engineering at Google, and popularizer of the concept of the technological “singularity” — a point he puts at around 2045, when artificial intelligence will outstrip human intelligence for the first time.

The predicted consequences of such a scenario vary wildly from the enslavement of humanity to a utopian world without war —… read more

MIT Technology Review | Q&A with futurist Martine Rothblatt

October 20, 2014

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Source: MIT Technology Review — October 20, 2014 | Antonio Regalado

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, says it’s “wonderfully suggestive” of a time when computers really will think and feel.

Kurzweil makes the comment in the foreword to Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, a new book by Bina 48’s owner, Martine Rothblatt, who makes legal and ethical arguments for why intelligent software might eventually deserve all the rights of people. [...]… read more

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