Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more
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
February 8, 2002
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
October 31, 2002
Wired — October 2002 | Ray Kurzweil
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
February 12, 2005
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
September 1, 2005
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
October 18, 2005
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
October 23, 2005
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