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The Washington Post | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 22, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — September 19, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 5, 2014

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Source: The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… read more

The Telegraph | Welcome to the university of the future

September 1, 2014

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Source: The Telegraph — August 24, 2014 | Josie Ensor

Singularity University gets its name from the theory of singularity — written about by its co-founder Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist — the inevitable moment when machines will surpass human intelligence

Its faculty is unparalleled. One of the partners, Ray Kurzweil, is a computer scientist, futurist, chief engineer at Google and author of a book on artificial intelligence called The Singularity Is Near. [...]

The Washington Post | It’s a beautiful time to be alive and educated

August 30, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — August 25, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

This progression is known as Moore’s law. For more than 100 years, the processing power of computers had doubled every 18 months.

Computers and the information technology that they enable are absorbing other fields. So we are seeing exponential advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, robotics, medicine, 3D printing, and so on.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says: “As any technology becomes an information technology, it starts advancing exponentially.” That… read more

Billboard | Steve Aoki on Neon Future, working with Fall Out Boy and trying to live forever

August 30, 2014

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Source: Billboard — August 28, 2014 | Joe Lynch

Joe Lynch: Do you believe we’ll reach the point of living indefinitely in our lifetimes?

Steve Aoki: Luckily I got to interview Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil is the man pushing the concept of technological singularity. He believes we’ll reach it in our lifetime. He introduces the album. The first track is called “Transcendence.”

I interviewed Ray Kurzweil, took one of the voice bites from our interview, and I… read more

Wired | AI systems will prove useful long before they become self aware

August 29, 2014

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Source: Wired — August 15, 2014 | Tephen F. De Angelis

Ray Kurzweil, a leading proponent of the search for a sentient computer system notes, “IBM’s Watson is not quite at human levels in its ability to understand human language.

“If it were, we would be at the Turing test level now. Yet it was able to defeat the best humans in the game show Jeopardy! This is because of the inherent speed and reliability of memory that computers… read more

Newsweek | Part human part machine cyborgs are becoming a reality

August 29, 2014

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Source: Newsweek — July 31, 2014 | Michael Carroll

First articulated by British philosopher Max More in 1990, transhumanists generally advocate a post human condition where humanity is replaced by the next stage in evolution — a human machine hybrid.

Some, like futurist writer Ray Kurzweil, imagine uploading human consciousness into a machine so we can live forever within computer systems as networks of information. [...]

Fortune | Sure, you can hack a network: what about your fitness?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Fortune — August 3, 2014 | Richard Morgan

Read renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil’s 2009 book Transcend, a nine-step mnemonic for living well. For ultra-competitive, mostly male engineers in the technology industry, fitness is the next space for efficiency and one-upsmanship. [...]

Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

Wired | Siri’s inventors are building a radical new AI that does anything you ask

August 14, 2014

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Source: Wired — August 12, 2014 | Steven Levy

The field of artificial intelligence has become the scene of a frantic corporate arms race, with internet giants snapping up AI startups and talent.

Google recently paid a reported $500 million for the UK deep learning company DeepMind and has lured AI legends Ray Kurzweil and Geoffrey Hinton to its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Facebook has its own deep learning group, led by prize hire Yann LeCun… read more

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