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BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 26, 2014

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Source: BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Source: Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

CNN | Google touts Android TV, smartwatches and cars

June 26, 2014

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Source: CNN — June 25, 2014 | James O'Toole

Google’s Android software is about to make the leap. The tech giant unveiled a new watch, as well as ways for Android to be used for television and cars at its annual I/O conference for software developers.

In addition to the product focused events, this year’s gathering includes a futuristic lecture from Ray Kurzweil, the sci-fi author and inventor who heads Google’s machine intelligence efforts. [...]

International Business Times | Where to watch Google I/O 2014 live stream of tech giant’s big annual event

June 25, 2014

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Source: International Business Times — June 25, 2014 | Thomas Halleck

While many Google I/O 2014 sessions are targeted at software developers, several of them may interest the general Google, science or technology fan.

Scientist Ray Kurzweil will host a talk on artificial intelligence at I/O 2014 called “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence,” which Google will live stream worldwide. [...]

Tech Times | What’s expected at Google I/O conference

June 23, 2014

Source: Tech Times — June 23, 2014 | Quinten Plummer

Google is still expected to deliver a refined vision of strategies for cloud computing. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has been slated to give a lecture entitle ”Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence.”

Kurzweil was said to be preparing to present his short and long term plans for bolstering user interaction with artificial intelligence, helping to improve areas including searches and machine responses. [...]

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CNET | Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 23, 2014

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Source: CNET — June 20, 2014 | Eric Mack

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and… read more

The Times | Search engines will be able to flirt with users by 2029

June 17, 2014

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Source: The Times — June 14, 2014 | Hannah Devlin

Speaking at the Exponential Finance conference this week, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said: “Computers will be at human levels, such that you can have an emotional relationship with them, 15 years from now.” Her was a realistic portrayal of how humans and computers might interact in the future, he said.

The comments suggest that Google, working on a natural language search engine that would allow users to type in questions conversationally and get meaningful responses,… read more

The Verge | Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts say chatbot didn’t pass Turing test

June 12, 2014

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Source: The Verge — June 11, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes

In a blog post addressing the reports, Ray Kurzweil writes: the fact that there’s a test worth arguing about implies that artificial intelligence is beginning to near the point where it might actually pass a Turing Test, even if these early examples aren’t quite what we imagine the final product looking like.

There’s little doubt that chatbots will continue to trick humans in the future, but there seems… read more

CNBC | Computers will be like humans by 2029: Google’s Ray Kurzweil

June 11, 2014

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Source: CNBC — June 12, 2014 | Cadie Thompson

Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil.

“My timeline is computers will be at human levels, such as you can have a human relationship with them, 15 years from now,” he said at the Exponential Finance conference in New York City, NY, on June 11, 2014.

“When… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Weekend Confidential: Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — May 30, 2014 | Alexandra Wolfe

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read. Next will be the singularity — a term he popularized for the point at which humans and computers will merge.

In 2045, he predicts, human intelligence will be enhanced a billion fold, thanks to high tech brain extensions. As a director of engineering at Google, Mr. Kurzweil is working on getting machines to understand “natural” language. Computers aren’t as good… read more

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