The Washington Post | The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

April 23, 2015

The Washington Post — April 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true.

He said by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain.

He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

April 22, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

Autoevolution | Google’s Ray Kurzweil says autonomous cars will free us, are linked to immortality and VR

April 22, 2015

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Autoevolution — April 22, 2015 | Mihnea Radu

The words of this inventor and futurist have struck a cord, explaining how the iRobot Audi fits in our future.

Kurzweil believes that by 2022, a $1,000 computer will be able to “emulate all the computation of the brain.”

2022 is when most car companies developing autonomous or semi-autonomous cars will be ready to launch. Kurzweil believes they help reduce the number of people killed in accidents, and… read more

Society of Automotive Engineers | Futurist Kurzweil discusses acceleration of intelligent technology

April 22, 2015

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Society of Automotive Engineers — April 22, 2015 | Kami Buchholz

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees a remarkable century with autonomous vehicles transporting smarter, healthier persons to various destinations.

“We’re already smarter by the fact that we can access all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more intelligent information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago,” said Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering since 2012.… read more

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 21, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

The Japan News | Insights into the world, hopes and fears for the future of science

April 20, 2015

The Japan News — April 20, 2015 | Masakazu Yamazaki

The central figure in popularizing futurology is Ray Kurzweil. Despite accepting the biological transformation of humans in the future, Kurzweil does have a strong belief in the basic concept of humans and the human centric philosophy.

As long as Kurzweil observes things about the world outside the human race, he shows no signs of ambiguity. He cites historical facts and data. He has his own views about “who I… read more

Playboy | Playboy interview — Bill Maher

April 14, 2015

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Playboy — April 14, 2015 | David Hochman

David Hochman: You’ve said you don’t believe in heaven or hell, but do you have any quick ideas for your tombstone?

Bill Maher: Yeah. “What was that all about?” I certainly don’t want to be buried. Burn me, cremate me. I don’t want to be worm food or get eaten by maggots. But more than that, I don’t want to die.

I want Ray Kurzweil to come up… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 12, 2015

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Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 11, 2015

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TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]

 

Financial Times | Breakfast with the Financial Times, Ray Kurzweil

April 10, 2015

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Financial Times — April 10, 2015 | Caroline Daniel

Ray Kurzweil’s work at Google aims at moving search beyond keywords towards more complex ideas.

He offers this example. “I met this girl at a party last night. We only spoke a few words but I felt an instant bond with her. Is that realistic? What does the psychology literature say about this?

“Ultimately, and this is the long term project, it would be like asking a person… read more

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