PSFK | Peter Fingar, the cognitive computing era is upon us

May 20, 2015

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PSFK — May 20, 2015 | Peter Fingar

Geoffrey Everest Hinton is a computer scientist and psychologist, noted for his work on artificial neural networks.

Now working for Google, he joins artificial intelligence pioneer and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Andrew Ng, the Stanford University professor who set up Google’s neural network team in 2011.

Deep learning is now considered cutting edge AI that represents an evolution over primitive neural networks.

He is co-inventor of back… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

May 18, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

Seeking Alpha | The knowledge effect, excess returns of highly innovative companies

May 12, 2015

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Seeking Alpha — May 11, 2015 | Steven Vannelli and Eric Bush

Report by Gavekal Capital. Drug companies spend billions yearly testing new compounds, seeking the right molecular combinations.

Researchers rely on existing  human knowledge and on semiconductors to discover new knowledge. As the performance of semiconductors improves, the rate new discoveries can be uncovered accelerates.

Similarly, as the stock of human knowledge increases, the rate new discoveries can be found accelerates. When the inventory of human knowledge increases and… read more

The Huffington Post | Expecting the unexpected

May 12, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 8, 2015 | Charles Cannon

Author Ray Kurzweil predicts, “A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.

“Neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts we rely on, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death.”

I noted Kurzweil’s comment. This epoch is already upon us. Isn’t it true for… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: can you read 100 million web pages in a few seconds, your robot assistant will

May 12, 2015

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Big Think — May 11, 2015

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil has made some strong statements and bold predictions here at Big Think. Among them is the fusion between digital technology and the human body in an event called the singularity, allowing an essentially cloud based consciousness to arise — though hopefully a less aggressive one than the Borg’s.

In our most recent discussion with Kurzweil, he discusses the ability of natural language machines, such… read more

The Huffington Post | Seven top futurists make some pretty surprising predictions about what the next decade will bring

May 12, 2015

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The Huffington Post — May 12, 2015 | Jacqueline Howard

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology.

What amazing advances are we likely to see in the next 10 years? Seven top futurists gave us surprising predictions.

1. Michio Kaku, PhD
2. Ray Kurzweil
3. Anne Lise Kjaer
4. James Canton, PhD
5. Jason Silva
6. Amy… read more

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 12, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our breakthroughs series.

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Al Jazeera | Futurist, I will reap benefits of radical life extension

May 8, 2015

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Al Jazeera — May 7, 2015

George Dvorsky is a thinker looking beyond the normal bounds of human lifespan. He’s a futurist, contributing editor to the science fiction publication io9 and chair of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies — a think tank dedicated to the transformative power of technology.

To Dvorsky, aging is a problem that’s desperately in need of solving. “It’s a terrible problem, for those of us who are forty plus,… read more

Collider | Executive Producers Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk Person of Interest season three, end of the series, real life parallels, future storyline

May 7, 2015

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Collider — October 15, 2013 | Steve Frosty Weintraub

An interview with hit show Person of Interest executive producers Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman.

Steve Frosty Weintraub: Given that the machine does seem to have a plan will viewers find out what that plan is by the time season three is over?

Jonah Nolan: Yeah, you’re talking about a higher order intelligence. There’s some big questions. I don’t know. It depends on the plan. The plan has… read more

CNBC | Futurist Kurzweil, computers reach human level intelligence by 2029

May 5, 2015

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CNBC — June 11, 2014 | Bob Pisani

CNBC | Reporter Bob Pisani spoke to Ray Kurzweil, a Google Director of Engineering, about how disruptive technologies will change the way we live and work. Pisani interviewed Kurzweil on stage at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance event, presented by CNBC.

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