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Library Journal | Nonfiction previews, October 2012, part 2: Applebaum, Kurzweil, & more

April 16, 2012

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Source: Library Journal — April 16, 2012 | Barbara Hoffert

Ray Kurzweil’s How To Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Viking. Oct. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780670025299. $27.95. SCIENCE

New York Times best-selling author (The Singularity Is Near), National Medal of Technology winner, and former Library Journal columnist (note that he was keynote speaker at LJ’s first virtual ebook summit), Kurzweil here explains reverse engineering the brain. It’s a project to understand how the… read more

Katalyst | Katalyst vs. Singularity: a radical exploration into a subject of our times

April 15, 2012

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Source: Katalyst — April 15, 2012 | Carver Wilcox, Anthony Batt & Kashy Khaledi

Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Vernor Vinge describes [technological] “Singularity” as having the technological means to create a superhuman intelligence where the human era will be ended.

There’s an inherent fear in hearing “the human era will be ended.” How do you think people today can cope with this possible future?

I don’t describe it that way, at all, at least not with that… read more

Music of the Spinning Wheel | Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution: Sudheendra Kulkarni interviews Ray Kurzweil

April 5, 2012

Source: Music of the Spinning Wheel — April 5, 2012 | Sudheendra Kulkarni

Mahatma Gandhi is a prophet for the age of the communication revolution:  An interview with Dr. Ray Kurzweil by Sudheendra Kulkarni

Ray Kurzweil was a speaker at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi on 17 March 2012. On the sidelines of the conclave, he was interviewed by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a prominent Indian journalist-activist and author of a forthcoming book Music of the Spinning Wheel: Mahatmaread more

Google Think Quarterly | Transgressive Man

April 4, 2012

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Source: Google Think Quarterly — April 4, 2012 | Cyrus Shahrad

Prophet, futurist, or catalyst of chaos? Ray Kurzweil believes that innovations in biogenetics and nanotechnology are creating a new future for humanity, but could they just as easily destroy us all?

There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then-17-year-old’s appearance on panel show I’ve Got a Secret. Suited and smiling, exuding the… read more

The Huffington Post | Are computers playing games with us?

April 2, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — April 2, 2012 | David H. Bailey

The future will be different. So where is all this heading? A recent Time article features an interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts an era, roughly in 2045, when machine intelligence will meet, then transcend human intelligence. Such future intelligent systems will then design even more powerful technology, resulting in a dizzying advance that we can only dimly foresee at the present time. Kurzweil outlines… read more

The Build Network | Why Moore’s Law is still exponentially relevant

April 1, 2012

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Source: The Build Network — April 2012 | Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

The effects of Moore’s Law add up faster than you think. (Seriously. Let us show you.) Which explains why computers and ‘big data’ are about to transform your competitive landscape.

“It comes from an ancient story about math made relevant to the present by the innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil. In one version of the story, the inventor of the game of chess shows his creation to… read more

Forbes | In defense of small data

March 30, 2012

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Source: Forbes — March 30, 2012 | Bruce Upbin

The very term Big Data implies that quantity is paramount, and some people speak as if they expect accelerating returns. If my database grows 100X bigger then I can mine insights that are 100X or even 300X bigger, right?  Wrong! In my experience, more of the same type of data provides only modest & incremental insights, not a quantum leap. [...]

Investment Watch Blog | Kurzweil’s ‘Singularity’ makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest

March 28, 2012

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Source: Investment Watch Blog — March 28, 2012

The famed futurist Ray Kurzweil’s “Singularity” makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest. Kurzweil postualtes that somewhere around the middle of this century, Artificial Intelligence will have progressed to the point that it exceeds human intelligence. Additionaly, the AI will be able to improve itself at exponential speeds. Thus, huge advances in technology will be (are, in fact) happening at exponentially increasing speeds.

The energy crisis will be… read more

Blastr | Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

March 14, 2012

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Source: Blastr — March 14, 2012 | Matthew Jackson

Last week, legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil gave us his take on the failings of science fiction cinema. Now Nick Sagan, son of iconic astronomer and Contact author Carl Sagan, has his own bone to pick with sci-fi filmmakers. Unlike Kurzweil, he’s got only one complaint, but it’s big enough to cover just about every alien invasion flick ever made.

Sagan’s not only the son of one of the… read more

Time Techland | Inside the Kurzweil SXSW keynote on infinite mind power, robotic overlords and immortality

March 14, 2012

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Source: Time Techland — March 14, 2012 | Steven James Snyder

He is one of the world’s most renowned futurists, and onstage at South By Southwest, Ray Kurzweil stirred debate with a speech that outlined the incredible role artificial intelligence will play in the future, as it reshapes humanity.

South By Southwest Interactive is a bubble of optimism; a haven of ingenuity that seems liberated from all the constraints, or cynicism, of daily life. There… read more

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