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

October 19, 2011

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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

CNN | Futurist says we’ll someday accept computers as human

March 13, 2012

CNN — March 13, 2012 | Brandon Griggs

Any author or filmmaker seeking ideas for a sci-fi yarn about the implications of artificial intelligence — good or bad — would be smart to talk to Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil, the acclaimed inventor and futurist, believes that humans and technology are blurring — note the smartphone appendages in almost everyone’s hand — and will eventually merge.

“We are a human-machine civilization. Everybody has been enhanced… read more

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

October 11, 2012

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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

Wired | How Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain

April 25, 2013

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Wired — April 25, 2013 | Steven Levy

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year. Nonetheless, the hiring raised some eyebrows, since Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proselytizer of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being.

Add to this Google’s revelation that it is… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Kurzweil, Warrior, 2 others join Silicon Valley’s tech hall of fame

June 5, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 5, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Four Silicon Valley luminaries are joining SVForum’s version of the region’s tech hall of fame: Google engineering chief and futurist Ray Kurzweil, Cisco Systems Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, XPrize founder Peter Diamandis and Lean Startups advocate Steve Blank.

The annual invitation-only SVForum Visionaries gala reception has honored a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk,Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

SVForum Executive Director Chris Gill and Chairperson Debra Magid of… read more

SearchCIO | Kurzweil: The human brain on IT

September 30, 2013

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SearchCIO — September 30, 2013 | Linda Tucci

“Change is the new constant” is a saying you hear a lot at technology conferences. “But change is not constant,” said inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil at a conference I attended last week.

The world is changing more and more rapidly, fueled by information technology. Unlike some of us given to mouthing such statements, the recipient of the National Medal of Technology had his argument teed up. [...]

CNN | CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man episode “Futurism” featuring Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD

March 24, 2014

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CNN — March 24, 2014

CNN | CNN original series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, hosted and produced by the Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, launched its second season on CNN on April 13, 2014.

The second episode “Futurism” featured Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD.

The program, which was recently honored with an award for “best limited series” by the International Documentary Association, premiered in 2013 on CNN.

Each week, Spurlock… read more

Los Angeles Times | DJ Steve Aoki balances decadent party image with business dreams

August 8, 2014

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Los Angeles Times — August 8, 2014 | Chris Lee

A companion video series called “Neon Future Sessions” will likely upend expectations for the long haired head banger who sprays champagne on his audience as a matter of course.

In the videos, Aoki interviews such techno eminences as scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil — behind the singularity theory that envisions the melding of human brains with supercomputers, and Aubrey de Grey — whose books portend man’s ability to… read more

The Huffington Post | Dear Ray Kurzweil

July 27, 2015

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The Huffington Post — June 30, 2015 | Kevin F. Adler

Dear Ray Kurzweil,

You connected Singularity University to my work with one simple insight: stories were the first invention. Life is pretty short in prehistoric times if the story of the lion behind the rock is not effectively communicated.

My passion is not for technology for technology’s sake, but for people and for the power of technology to unlock our potential as a community.

When you speak of… read more

Wired | Aaron: Art from the machine

May 12, 2001

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Wired — May 12, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil has sponsored the premiere of the first excursion into computational art in history.… read more

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