Esquire | The key to immortality may be uploading your brain

May 19, 2015

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Esquire — May 19, 2015 | Jill Krasny

Is immortality one click away? Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil’s conceit is that tech advances will enable it, if humans preserve their brains in software after their bodies have died.

Martine Rothblatt, PhD, founder of Sirius satellite radio and CEO of United Therapeutics, agrees with Kurzweil. “Offloading a mind to software is consistent with physics,” she told CNBC, and it may happen this century.

Rothblatt created a nonprofit where… 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 | Why we’re teaching computers to help treat cancer

May 12, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 12, 2015

PBS Newshour | Every day, we depend on artificial intelligence to help us make sense of a steady deluge of information. AI helps the post office to sort its mail, Wall Street to make financial decisions and physicians to diagnose patients. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how tech firms are investing in the next generation of intelligent computer programs and in what ways the technology still lags behind humans.… read more

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

May 11, 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

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

May 11, 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 | Expecting the unexpected

May 8, 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

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

May 8, 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 7, 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

CNBC | Live forever, maybe by uploading your brain

May 4, 2015

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CNBC — May 4, 2015 | Cadie Thompson

At the eMerge Americas conference, Martine Rothblatt, PhD, CEO of United Therapeutics said she shares the beliefs of computer scientist Ray Kurzweil that tech advancements will ultimately enable humans to live forever. A first stage could include preserving a person’s brain in software after the body has died.

Rothblatt’s company does work in transplanting organs, and she said her experience in the field has shaped her views.

“In… read more

Esquire | Liked Ex Machina? Check out the books and films that inspired the year’s best science fiction movie

April 25, 2015

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Esquire — April 25, 2015 | Matt Patches

Science fiction film Ex Machina director Alex Garland says he’s discovered a digital spirituality researching artificial intelligence.

Uploading consciousness into a computer is an incentive for financing this stuff. This is one of Google Director of Engineering and leading AI researcher Ray Kurzweil’s pervading points.

Kurzweil believes that by 2050, scientists could create new virtual bodies with nanobots allowing consciousnesses to escape death. Kurzweil said, “My plan is… read more

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