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Fast Company | Ray Kurzweil now on the job at Google

December 17, 2012

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Source: Fast Company — December 17, 2012 | Neal Ungerleider

The search giant welcomes a Singularity evangelist. He will work on unspecified machine-learning and language-processing projects.

Ray Kurzweil is best known these days as the world’s foremost Singularity evangelist and as a prophet of a whizbang, techno-utopian future. However, Kurzweil first came to tech fame as a machine-learning guru whose groundbreaking work on voice recognition and optical character recognition changed computing and laid the groundwork for everything from Siri to… read more

Spiegel | Ray Kurzweil begins with Google

December 17, 2012

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Source: Spiegel — December 17, 2012 | Felix Knoke

Kurzweil’s tasks from Google will be the development of natural language processing and machine learning at the Mountain View headquarters, said the author, entrepreneur and art-philosopher called one of the “leading inventors of our time.” A Google spokesman said that Kurzweil solutions will be “incredibly valuable” for Google projects. [...]

Discovery News | Futurist Ray Kurzweil joins Google: DNews nugget

December 17, 2012

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Source: Discovery News — Decemeber 17, 2012 | DNews editors

Ray Kurzweil is more than an inventor. Sure, he gave us the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

But Kurzweil is more than that. He is keenly focused on… read more

The Register | Ray Kurzweil to become Google’s chief engineer

December 16, 2012

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Source: The Register — December 16, 2012 | Simon Sharwood

Futurist, artificial intelligence expert and inventor Ray Kurzweil will join Google as its director of engineering. Kurzweil’s profile is such that it was he — and not his new employer — who announced the new gig, and on his own website to boot.

Kurzweil also says he feels Google is his kind of place to work, and not just for the free food. Just what Kurzweil’s arrival… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

PCWorld | Ray Kurzweil joins Google

December 15, 2012

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Source: PCWorld — Decemeber 15, 2012 | Martyn Williams

Well-known American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joining Google. The 64-year-old, whose work includes computer and machine intelligence, neuroscience and virtual reality, revealed the move on his blog on Friday.

Kurzweil said his work at Google would focus on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. The job begins on Monday, when Kurzweil will take the title Director of Engineering, he wrote.

“I’ve been interested… read more

CNET | Google’s Ray Kurzweil hire could yield some good returns

December 15, 2012

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Source: CNET — Decemeber 15, 2012 | Larry Dignan

Ray Kurzweil will have implications far beyond the fun projects at Google. His machine learning knowhow could impact networks, data centers and algorithms too.

Google has brought on futurist and artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil as director of engineering, and there could be some real returns on the company’s high-profile hire.In a statement, Kurzweil confirmed that he’d be joining Google. He noted that his interest in… read more

CNET | Ray Kurzweil joins Google as Director of Engineering

December 14, 2012

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Source: CNET — December 14, 2012 | Casey Newton

Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor and futurist, said today that he would join Google, starting Monday, to work on “some of the hardest problems in computer science.”

Kurzweil’s title will be director of engineering. In a long statement on his Web site, he said he would focus on machine learning and language processing:

“I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long… read more

PC Magazine | Google lands futurist Ray Kurzweil

December 14, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — Decmeber 14, 2012 | Damon Poeter

Google, like many top tech companies is always taking on new employees—but in landing Ray Kurzweil this week, the search giant hasn’t added your run-of-the-mill new hire.

A brilliant technologist who also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned futurists, Kurzweil announced on his blog Friday that he’ll be joining Google on Dec. 17 as a director of engineering. The 64-year-old author and inventor said he… read more

Scientific American | On TV, Ray Kurzweil tells me how to build a brain

December 11, 2012

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Source: Scientific American — December 11, 2012 | Ingrid Wickelgren

I recently interviewed author and inventor Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. The 58-minute segment aired on December 1, 2 and 3 on the C-SPAN2 program After Words. The book’s thesis is that it is essentially possible to reverse-engineer the human brain to create a computer mind that works like yours and mine. The advantages of such a creation, Kurzweil… read more

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