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CNNMoney | The best advice I ever got: Ray Kurzweil

October 25, 2012

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Source: CNNMoney — October 25, 2012

Futurist, inventor, author: In 1978, Xerox became interested in Kurzweil Computer Products and made an investment in my company. In 1979 they expressed interest in acquiring it. They were interested in the scanning and character-recognition technology. Xerox was in the printer business, and they had a lot of machines: copiers, printers that took computerized information and put it out onto paper.

We had a technology that could… read more

The Grid | Five things we learned at Ray Kurzweil’s immortality lecture

October 24, 2012

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Source: The Grid — October 24, 2012 | Jesse Ship

Smug, nerdy, and in full I-told-ya-so form, inventor Ray Kurzweil expounded to an audience of hipsters, futurists, and mad scientists at the Danforth Music Hall last Thursday night. Kurzweil talked about the future of artificial intelligence and a few topics from his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind. Some of the highlights included:

» What really separates the men from the monkeys: According… read more

Publishers Weekly | How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

October 22, 2012

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Source: Publishers Weekly — October 22, 2012

Bringing together contemporary theories and research in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near) provides insight into how the human brain functions, while speculating on the possibilities and philosophical implications of creating a nonbiological mind.

Underlying this analysis is the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind, a process in the neocortex, the seat of higher brain functions such as perception, memory, and language —… read more

Discovery Institute Evolution News | The brain remains an evolutionary mystery

October 17, 2012

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Source: Discovery Institute Evolution News — October 17, 2012

Some evolutionists do not particularly care about the past as much as the evolutionary development of the human brain extending into the future.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, currently promoting his new book How to Create a Mind, believes that someday we will be able to reverse-engineer the brain, uncovering its secrets. Kurzweil acknowledges the evolutionary gap between humans and all other animals, but rather than trying… read more

Toronto Star | Ray Kurzweil’s new book predicts development of a super digital brain

October 16, 2012

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Source: Toronto Star — October 16, 2012 | Michael Oliveira

Futurist Ray Kurzweil optimistically predicts much longer life expectancies, cures for cancer and heart disease, flying cars and robot butlers.

Humans will become capable of feats that now seem impossible — for many of us, in our lifetime — in large part due to expected advances in brain research, posits the inventor and author in his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

Singularity Hub | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: new book How to Create a Mind November 13

October 11, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — October 11, 2012 | Keith Kleiner

Kurzweil’s book on how to create a mind is sure to bring some new spin, as well as plenty of debate to a highly controversial topic. Many claim that the human brain is too complex and too mysterious to be understood or replicated within our lifetimes, if ever.

Others (many who regularly read this site!) on the other hand, recognize that technologies such as Siri and… read more

PC Magazine | Futurist Ray Kurzweil wants to move your brain into the cloud

October 11, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — October 11, 2012 | Michael J. Milller

Ray Kurzweil, author of The Age of Spiritual Machines and a pioneer of artificial intelligence software, has always been one of the most provocative thinkers on technology and its future.

When he spoke at the Demo conference last week, it was no surprise that he covered everything from why computers will continue to get better at an exponential pace to how we will be able to expand our… read more

Slashdot | Kuzweil: The cloud will expand human brain capacity

October 10, 2012

Source: Slashdot — October 10, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will eventually do more than store our e-mails or feed us streaming movies on demand: it’s going to help expand our brain capacity beyond its current limits.

In a question-and-answer session following a speech to the DEMO technology conference in Santa Clara, California last week, Kurzweil described the human brain as impressive but limited in its capacity to… read more

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

October 5, 2012

We Blog the World

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

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