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The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil: Technology and the new, improved you

February 11, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 10, 2014

Ray Kurzweil says technology will make us smarter, healthier and more productive. Author, Google engineer and futurist Ray Kurzweil tells Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker that advancing technologies will be integrated into ourselves.

He speaks at the Journal’s CIO Network conference in San Diego. Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker spoke with Mr. Kurzweil about what the future holds.

Mr. Baker: Before we… read more

Rolling Stone | Can Her happen, the experts weigh in

February 6, 2014

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Source: Rolling Stone — February 6, 2014 | Jonathan Ringen

The Adobe .pdf version of the story is readable here.

Click on the [+] symbol located in the upper, right corner to expand each image to its full size.

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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Source: The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Google DeepMind deal hastens computers that think like people

January 31, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — January 31, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

The theme of this year’s WSJ CIO Network Conference in San Diego is the Dawn of the Digital Mind. CIO Journal will tackle the subject in a discussion with Google engineering director, author and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil.

The Spike Jonze movie Her, about a man who falls in love with an operating system, doesn’t appear to be straining the limits of credulity. [...]

Boing Boing | A beautiful, synapse-by-synapse tour of a brain

January 31, 2014

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Source: Boing Boing — January 31, 2014 | Maggie Koerth-Baker

The video is lovely, with some great shots of lab work and an animated tour of the mouse brain slices.

The animation looks like driving down a highway and watching buildings on the roadside appearing, becoming larger, and then shrinking in the rearview. It also underlines a bit why I’m pretty skeptical of Ray Kurzweil’s singularity.

Or, at least, his estimations of how long it will take… read more

PR Newswire | Stratecast predictions 2014 the year ahead and a look back

January 31, 2014

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Source: PR Newswire — January 13, 2014

With the acceleration of change, the uncertainty that once characterized the far future is coming to characterize the near future.

Some futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, are convinced that, by the year 2020, the rate of change will be so great that human minds will be incapable of encompassing or understanding it. It is true that this accelerating change dynamic continues to influence the telecommunications market in ways that… read more

Elle | The musical stylings of Janelle Monae

January 30, 2014

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Source: Elle — February 2013 | Kathryn Hudson

“I have a responsibility to my community,” she says at the next. “I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way,” she says again. The ArchAndroid certainly told a mesmerizing story.

Inspired by far-out theorists like Ray Kurzweil, Monae used sci-fi imagery as a metaphor for the African-American experience and created a trippy, captivating musical message of “coming together and creating something that… read more

The Press of Atlantic City | R&B star Janelle Monae brings new album and androids to Borgata

January 30, 2014

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Source: The Press of Atlantic City — January 30, 2014 | Robert DiGiacomo

Janelle Monae plans to make a memorable first impression for her Atlantic City debut.

The androids serve as a vehicle through which Monae, whose work is influenced by futurist Ray Kurzweil and director Spike Jonze (Her), can explore societal issues, such as the marginalization of people of color, the poor and other oppressed minorities. [...]

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 30, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 30, 2014

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Source: TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

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