USA Today | Artificial Intelligence igniting the spark of intelligence

February 6, 2002

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USA Today — February 6, 2002 | Eric Auchard

Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film Artificial Intelligence is set to renew a long-running, centuries old, debate about mechanical brains and whether they ever may become superior to the human mind. Robots are sure to be humanized the same way space aliens were made into huggable, home sick little people in his epic ET. “He is the first robotic child, programmed to love” runs the new film’s advertising promotion.

Life like robots are everywhere —… read more

USA Today | Kurzweil morphs into rockin Ramona

February 8, 2002

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USA Today — February 8, 2002 | Janet Kornblum

Ray Kurzweil has done many amazing things in his life. He invented the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, wrote acclaimed books such as The Age of Spiritual Machines, and is credited with being one of our leading visionaries of our time.

His next venture? Rock stardom, dude. Specifically, he’s morphing into his 25 year old alter ego Ramona, a virtual performer who sports hip huggers and sings Jefferson… read more

National Inventors Hall of Fame | Kurzweil Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2002


National Inventors Hall of Fame — May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 16, 2002. He was recognized for the invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and other significant inventions.

Father of the Kurzweil Reading Machine Helped the Blind While Reshaping Information Technology for the World

Imagine enabling the blind to “read” ordinary printed materials, along the way pioneering information technologies that profoundly impact how the world processes information for decades to come.… read more

Wired | Peer review: Ray Kurzweil’s read on latest AI insights

October 31, 2002

Wired — October 2002 | Ray Kurzweil

As one of the world’s leading roboticists, Rodney Brooks (Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Chairman of the successful iRobot Corporation) is also the consummate teacher.

He has a penchant for clear explanation and in his latest book, Flesh and Machines, How Robots Will Change Us, Brooks lucidly explores a wide range of themes related to his life with robots.

These range from… read more

Associated Press | Inventor sets his sights on immortality

February 12, 2005

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Associated Press — February 12, 2005 | Jay Lindsay

Will nanotechnology spark breakthrough in 20 years? Ray Kurzweil doesn’t tailgate. A man who plans to live forever doesn’t take chances with his health on the highway, or anywhere else. As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea. He also periodically tracks 40 to 50 fitness indicators, down to his “tactile sensitivity.” Adjustments

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EnlightenNext | Chasing immortality: The technology of eternal life

September 1, 2005

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EnlightenNext — September 2005 | Craig Hamilton

The allure of eternal life has been tugging at the human imagination since we first began to contemplate our finitude. From The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest known literary work on earth to the Taoist cult of immortality to Ponce de Leon’s quest for the elixir of unending youth, the desire to free ourselves from the Grim Reaper’s grasp has proven as persistent as the force it aspires to counter.… read more

IT Conversations & Tech Nation | Podcasts: Ray Kurzweil and Moira Gunn at Accelerating Change Conference 2005

September 17, 2005

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IT Conversations & Tech Nation — September 17, 2005 | Moira Gunn

IT Conversations | Kurzweil’s Talk: “When Humans Transcend Biology”: In this talk from the Accelerating Change Conference in 2005, Ray Kurzweil outlines his startling predictions for the next 25 years. Based on recent progress in the fields of neurobiology and nanotechnology, Kurzweil predicts significant strides in the fight against disease and aging, as well as the augmentation of the human mind.

In the future, the line between… read more

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Black Sun Journal | Ray Kurzweil on future energy

October 18, 2005

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Black Sun Journal — October 18, 2005 | Sean Prophet

Ray Kurzweil’s new book, The Singularity is Near is a stunning compendium of future history. To those not familiar with Kurzweil’s method, the book reads like far-fetched science fiction. In fact, peak-oil doomers will be disgusted. That’s because like most of society, they believe in what Kurzweil calls the linear-intuitive model of growth and development (i.e. it will take about as long to develop things in the future as it… read more

New York Times | Beyond human

October 23, 2005

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New York Times — October 23, 2005 | Christopher Caldwell

Many of the fans milling into this year’s postseason baseball games have been wearing authentic major league uniforms, with GUERRERO, say, or OSWALT, stitched on the back. True, society has traditionally encouraged kids to fantasize about what they’ll be as adults. But most of the people I’ve seen in $200 regulation shirts are adults. What they’re fantasizing about is an alternative adult identity for themselves.

Why do they… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil: The Age of Spiritual Machines

November 23, 2005

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NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 23, 2005 | Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm of National Public Radio talks with Ray Kurzweil about his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. The inventor and futurist talks about the day when humans will transcend their biological roots. Click below to hear the interview.

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