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We Blog the World | Ray Kurzweil on ethics & natural language processing

October 5, 2012

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Source: We Blog the World — October 5, 2012 | Renee Blodgett

There was an odd but interesting combination of fireside chats at DEMO Fall this year: Ray Kurzweil and Ev Williams both took the stage over the course of the 2.5 day event in Santa Clara, CA.

Says Ray in a response to the question of why natural language processing has taken so long to advance: You have to take a hierarchical approach just like human language —… read more

Computerworld | Kurzweil: Brains will extend to the cloud

October 3, 2012

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Source: Computerworld — October 3, 2012

Human brains will someday extend into the cloud, futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted at the DEMO conference here on Tuesday.

Moreover, he said, it will become possible to selectively erase pieces of our memories, while retaining some portions of them, to be able to learn new things no matter how old the person is.

“The brain doesn’t grow much from a very young age,” he… read more

VentureBeat | Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

October 3, 2012

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Source: VentureBeat — October 3, 2012 | Meghan Kelly

“We’re making very discernible progress in AI. It’s quite visceral,” Ray Kurzweil told the audience at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

He also made a comment about Apple’s Siri voice assistant and how far it still has to go. Kurzweil was directly involved in creating Nuance, which is the speech-recognition technology behind Siri.

“I think actually the natural language understanding of Siri is fairly weak,”… read more

AME Info | Experts predict the future in Abu Dhabi

September 19, 2012

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Source: AME Info — September 19, 2012

Two highly distinguished U.S. scientists shared their vision of mankind’s future at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday in a talk titled “What does the future look like?”, as part of the Muntada Program 2012 series of special lectures.

Speaking to a packed hall, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near, and Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics

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Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Source: Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

We Blog the World | Singularity University, Women@TheFrontier and 10 Incredible Women Design the Future

July 31, 2012

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Source: We Blog the World — July 31, 2012

Singularity University held an event in conjunction with Women@TheFrontier at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley last week.

The program: “Designing the Future 2012″ brought together some of today’s female game-changers who are designing the future and disrupting the status quo.

Women@TheFrontier’s Susan Fonseka-Klein and KristinaMaria T-Gutierrez introduced inspirational women who had one heart warming story after another to share.

NASA’s Yvonne Cagle also paid a sentimental tribute to astronaut Sally Ride who passed away on July… read more

PBS Newshour | Ray Kurzweil on Bringing Back the Dead

July 12, 2012

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Source: PBS Newshour — July 12, 2012

We round out “Ray Kurzweil Online” with the third and final installment of our miniseries. Thursday’s outtake with Mr. Immortality:

Does Kurzweil believe that an avatar of his dead father — created with artificial intelligence and a lifetime’s worth of data and mementos — is, well, his actual father, the guy who died when Ray was 22? This is a step beyond Kurzweil’s stated objective — to stave off death adread more

PBS Newshour | PBS Newshour | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Melding of Man and Machine

July 10, 2012

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Source: PBS Newshour — July 10, 2012

Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been a key voice in our occasional series on the future of technology. The latest installment on the advent of immortality debuted here on Making Sen$e July 9.

As with economist Paul Krugman, our extended interview with Kurzweil included many fascinating bits that didn’t make the final cut. So we continue Tuesday with one of them — a closer look at what Kurzweil… read more

PBS Newshour | PBS Newshour | Disappearing Dead: Economic Optimism about Immortality

July 9, 2012

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Source: PBS Newshour — July 9, 2012

Will we one day be able to live forever? Interesting question, especially for a page where I usually take your financial, rather than science, questions. But what is the goal of economics if not the greatest good for the greatest number of people? Substitute “happy, healthy, never-ending life” for “greatest good” and you can see where we’re going with this.

According to inventor/author Ray Kurzweil, eternal life is now… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The Wall Street Journal | Man or machine? Ray Kurzweil on how long it will be before computers can do everything the brain can do

June 29, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — June 29, 2012

In a wide-ranging interview, Ray Kurzweil and The Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Murray discussed advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and what it means to be human.

They discussed pattern recognizers in our neocortex, machine intelligence (such as Watson), when machines will have human-level intelligence and consciousness (by 2029, the prospects and ethics of human-machine merger, and life extension.

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