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Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview: Ray Kurzweil discusses his first two months at Google

March 19, 2013

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Source: Singularity Hub — March 19, 2013 | David J. Hill

In another exclusive interview with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil provides an update about his first two months as Director of Engineering at Google. During the interview Kurzweil revealed that his team is collaborating with other groups at Google to enable computers to understand and speaking language just like humans.

Kurzweil also tells us how Larry Page personally recruited him to join Google to pursue the goal of creating… read more

Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 8, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil’s top 5 reasons to be optimistic for 2013

January 1, 2013

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Source: Big Think — January 1, 2013 | Daniel Honan

Will you be better off this year than your were in the past? To the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the answer is a resounding yes. “We are far more productive and healthy and better off in every way than we were in the past,” Kurzweil, the author of the new book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, told Big Think in a… read more

The Washington Post | Love in the time of bots

April 9, 2015

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Source: The Washington Post — March 17, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Artificial intelligence thought leader Ray Kurzweil has suggested that a real life human & AI romance might be possible in as little as 15 years.

In his review of the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her, Kurzweil said he expected similar types of advances by the year 2029, “Samantha herself I would place at 2029, when the leap to human level AI would be reasonably believable.”

Kurzweil says your… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Google’s Kurzweil says the machines will think for themselves by 2040, and oh we’ll be immortal

February 10, 2014

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 10, 2014 | Jon Xavier

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil is one of the most accomplished men of our time. Google is trying to bring about technological singularity, creating a true AI smart enough to improve its own source code.

Machines can progress to far-future, science fiction levels of intelligence within our lifetimes. Kurzweil predicts this will happen by 2040.

That’s something Kurzweil’s group is already working on, and if you have… read more

The Independent | Review: Inferno Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

May 14, 2013

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Source: The Independent — May 14, 2013 | Boyd Tonkin

Inferno grafts the artificial-plague motif onto the biology and ideology of population control and the heretical science of the “Transhumanist” movement. This updated variant of eugenics believes that humanity must take control of its own evolution.

Many SF authors, along with outlier scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, have long pondered such a utopian, or dystopian, future. But thanks to Inferno, the neo-Malthusians, the “Population Apocalypse Equation”, and even… read more

Newsweek | Should we be afraid of robots?

February 8, 2015

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Source: Newsweek — February 8, 2015 | Kevin Maney

Elon Musk wants us to start talking about what we do with artificial intelligence. To that end, he’s donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to study ways to make sure AI is beneficial to humanity.

Google has set up an ethics board to keep an eye on its AI work. Futurist Ray Kurzweil writes, “We have a moral imperative to realize AIs promise while controlling the… read more

The Globe and Mail | How To Create a Mind: Can a marriage between man and machine solve the world’s problems?

February 8, 2013

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Source: The Globe and Mail — February 8, 2013 | Don Tapscott

How do you know when your new book is a success? When Google promptly offers you a plum job as soon as the book is on the stands.

That’s the pleasant turn of events that Ray Kurzweil, 64, is enjoying. His most recent book, his sixth, is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. His new job at Google is director of engineering.… read more

The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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Source: The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

The Washington Post | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 19, 2014

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Source: The Washington Post — September 19, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

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