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io9 | Will we survive our technology?

March 21, 2013

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Source: io9 — March 21, 2013 | George Dvorsky

Our technologies are becoming more powerful with each passing year, and with an eerie regularity. This has led some to believe that we’re hurtling towards a sort of nexus point, the so-called Singularity. Looking to explore this possibility, director Doug Wolens recently put together a fascinating documentary on the subject. We spoke to him to learn more about his new film — and what the Singularity could… read more

National Post | Why so many cast aside common sense and strive for the seemingly impossible eternal life

August 25, 2013

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Source: National Post — August 23, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld

This modern era is no different, of course, if anything, faith in technology has made the impossible seem possible. That faith is beginning to lend legitimacy to physical immortalists, a still-fringe but growing cast of characters who view death as a curable disease.

Anti-aging researchers at Harvard and other top medical institutions are making strides every day on new drugs and interventions from compounds such as… read more

Ion Cinema | Her review

January 16, 2014

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Source: Ion Cinema — December 18, 2013 | Jordan M. Smith

As with the larger whole of his work, Jonze challenges our notions of consciousness and embodiment through the naive notion of fantasy, but this time he takes pains to tie down Theodore’s romance with a technologically plausible narrative that sees Ray Kurzweil’s singularity coming steadily nearer.

Despite the ever-prevalence of tech and disconnection between people, Her is a powerful work of emotionally driven cinema. [...]

The Verge | Celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks Her will be a reality by 2029

February 20, 2014

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Source: The Verge — February 18, 2014 | Aaron Souppouris

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified to discuss the technology that permeates through the movie than the renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

In a blog post, the author, who joined Google in 2012, discusses the feasibility of Her‘s AI, concluding that companions with a similar capacity to Samantha could become reality within 15 years. [...]

 

Guardian Liberty Voice | Gennady Stolyarov on transhumanism, Google Glass, Kurzweil and singularity

May 28, 2014

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — May 22, 2014 | Rebecca Savastio

We also asked Stolyarov about Google Glass and chief engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil. Stolyarov gave tremendous insight into these issues and more. Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is a transhumanist. He is working toward the Singularity and the day when computers become smarter than people.

There has not been a single technology in recent history that has remained an exclusive preserve of the wealthy, even though many technologies started… read more

New York Times | The Coming Superbrain

May 23, 2009

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Source: New York Times — May 23, 2009 | John Markoff

Several years ago the artificial-intelligence pioneer Raymond Kurzweil took the idea one step further in his 2005 book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.” He sought to expand Moore’s Law to encompass more than just processing power and to simultaneously predict with great precision the arrival of post-human evolution, which he said would occur in 2045.… read more

The Science Channel | Brink episode 20: Artificial Intelligence

July 13, 2009

Source: The Science Channel — Jul 13, 2009 | The Science Channel

Artificial Intelligence: Josh Zepps looks into robots that can learn. Meet your future digital assistant, “Laura.” She has “intelligent” sensing components, including facial recognition and speech recognition. Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talks about advances in Artificial Intelligence and the challenges and dangers of robot intelligence. Rhett & Link fall in love with a robot.

The McKinsey Quarterly | IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil

January 1, 2011

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Source: The McKinsey Quarterly — January 1, 2011 | Lars Föyen

The inventor, businessman, and author explains how the exponential growth of technologies will transform industries and pose new opportunities  and hurdles for business and society.

Every executive recognizes the fast pace of technological development but grapples with the billion-dollar question: what happens next, and when? Ray Kurzweil has precise answers based on his thesis that information technology will continue to develop exponentially, leading to a not-so-distant future when… read more

Maximum PC | The Singularity: Five technologies that will change the world (and one that won’t)

June 21, 2011

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Source: Maximum PC — June 21, 2011 | David Gerrold

In math, a singularity is a point where a function demonstrates extreme behavior. The Singularity, as defined by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, will occur with the technological creation of superintelligence.

Such a world may be impossible to predict because us poor present-day humans are unable to comprehend what superintelligent entities will want or how they’ll behave to achieve their goals. [...]

Technology Review | Kurzweil responds: Don’t underestimate the Singularity

October 19, 2011

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Source: Technology Review — October 19, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Last week, Paul Allen and a colleague challenged the prediction that computers will soon exceed human intelligence. Now Ray Kurzweil, the leading proponent of the “Singularity,” offers a rebuttal.

Although Paul Allen paraphrases my 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, in the title of his essay (cowritten with his colleague Mark Greaves), it appears that he has not actually read the book. His only citation is to an… read more

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