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The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 5, 2014

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Source: The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… 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 30, 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 22, 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

Luke Ryan Blog | The Singularity — a layman’s view

November 10, 2011

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Source: Luke Ryan Blog — November 10, 2011 | Luke Ryan

Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius named Raymond Kurzweil (below).

Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his… 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

NewsFactor Network | Storm rages after Google argues against Gmail privacy

August 25, 2013

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Source: NewsFactor Network — August 14, 2013 | Barry Levine

Google’s understanding of the non-privacy of e-mail applies not only to Gmail users who send e-mail, but also e-mail users on other services that send to Gmail.

Its approach to e-mail is, of course, only the tip of its non-privacy iceberg. The company has made it very clear that it intends to know what users want before they do, as its director of engineering Ray Kurzweil… read more

La Tercera | Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google: In 10 years we will talk to our computers

July 11, 2013

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Source: La Tercera — July 11, 2013 | Axel Christiansen Z.

The expert and inventor presented today at Entel Summit, and speaks with La Tercera about how technology will change the way the world works in the near future.

“I spent 50 years of my life thinking about how we think.” So the inventor, Ray Kurzweil, defined his career — now director of engineering at Google. Last year he achieved notoriety when he published his book How to Createread more

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

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

November 20, 2013

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Source: Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

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