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The Huffington Post | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, wants to bring the dead back to life

December 28, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — December 28, 2012

Inventor Ray Kurzweil hopes to develop ways for humans to live forever, and while he’s at it, bring back his dead father. Behind him is the support of a tech giant. This month, Kurzweil, a futurist, stepped into the role of Director of Engineering at Google, focusing on machine learning and language processing.

“There is a lot of suffering in the world,” Kurzweil once said, according… read more

The Huffington Post | Google, Kurzweil, and the information transformation age

December 20, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — December 20, 2012 | Nataly Kelly

Last week, Google announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil, who will work to solve complex language processing problems, among other things. In an interview last year, Kurzweil pointed out that language processing issues are among the most difficult problems to solve. Kurzweil will join the same company that employs Franz Och, the mastermind behind Google Translate (both were interviewed for my new book, Found in Translation).… read more

Digital Trends | Will the Willy Wonka of technology help Google usher in a new future?

December 20, 2012

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Source: Digital Trends — December 20, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Google has hired famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Will he be a figurehead, or a driving force at the company?

Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site,… read more

Spiegel | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: A simulated brain can learn like a child

December 19, 2012

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Source: Spiegel — December 19, 2012 | Wolfgang Stieler

The futurist Ray Kurzweil is known for his unwavering belief in human progress. In the interview he talks about his latest book, on machines that learn as children, and the hope of eternal life.

Q: Mr. Kurzweil, one of your main theses is that technological progress accelerates continuously. If we are now, for example, but smartphones, then the operating system of these devices is based on Unix, a… read more

Knovel | The Singularity is nearer, Google appoints Ray Kurzweil as Director Of Engineering

December 18, 2012

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Source: Knovel — December 18, 2012

Staff working at Google who think that the new Director of Engineering looks slightly familiar may not be too far off the mark, after the internet search giant announced the hiring of Ray Kurzweil for the position.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the acclaimed futurist and author of The Singularity Is Near, has been brought in to the company to work on a number of engineering research… read more

Popular Science | Google hires Ray Kurzweil to head its engineering lab

December 17, 2012

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Source: Popular Science — December 17, 2012 | Clay Dillow

The futurist and inventor famous for his predictions on the technological singularity will be Google’s new chief of turning the theoretical future into consumer products.

At Google, Kurzweil will take the title of Director of Engineering, where he will be in charge of shaping the future by turning some of Google’s (and his own) most forward-leaning ideas into consumer products. That’s pretty exciting, given both Google’s… read more

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

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