Automobile | The arrival of autonomous cars examined

June 22, 2015

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Automobile — June 22, 2015 | Mike Floyd

Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor, futurist, and Google’s director of engineering, said in a speech at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress that self-driving cars are a given in the near future.

He says soon an inexpensive computer will be able to outperform a human at driving.

Google has enough brainiacs like Kurzweil to pull off its vision of a drone-like conveyance with no steering wheel,… read more

The Hindu Business Line | AI not replacing, but augmenting, empowering humans

June 22, 2015

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The Hindu Business Line — June 22, 2015 | Vinson Kurian

Brave new world. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years, he said. For good measure, he made a reference to a Columbia University study. It suggested that with a fleet of 9,000 autonomous cars, Uber could replace every tax cab in New York city. Passengers would wait an average of 36 seconds for a ride that costs about 50 cents per mile.… read more

Stereoboard | Fear Factory share new track “Soul Hacker”

June 18, 2015

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Stereoboard — June 18, 2015 | Laura Johnson

Fear Factory have shared their new track “Soul Hacker.” The song is features on the Los Angeles metallers’ album Genexus, August 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Discussing the title of the record, vocalist Burton C. Bell said:

“The word genexus is a hybrid of two words, genesis and nexus. This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being.… read more

Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

CNBC | Labor case won’t help Uber’s driver of the future

June 17, 2015

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CNBC — June 17, 2015 | Andrew Wood

Uber recently poached 40 of the scientific minds working at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. Uber and Carnegie Mellon already had a partnership to work on robotics formed in 2015 that would include the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.

How close is Silicon Valley to producing a self-driving car? Google has said that self-driving cars could be available to consumers as early as 2020. That… read more

Android Headlines | Google Chief Engineer explains tech exponential growth

June 9, 2015

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Android Headlines — June 9, 2015 | Justin Diaz

Google’s Chief Engineer Ray Kurzweil has had extensive impact on the technological world and is Google’s resident of  “out there” advancements and projects.

Kurzweil explains that technology grows exponentially.

He says by year 2029 the intelligence of humanity will be outpaced by the intelligence of computers, and this continued exponential growth will appear to explode into infinity.

He refers to this as the singularity, an era in which our… read more

Business Insider | Google’s genius futurist uses this zany Asian folktale to explain how technology will rule the future

June 9, 2015

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Business Insider — June 9, 2015 | Drake Bear

Humanity has a problem. It’s linear. Technology, on the other hand, is exponential. Take it from Ray Kurzweil, the bestselling author, futurist, and Google chief engineer.

The tale of the inventor of chess and his patron, the Emperor of China: In response to the emperor’s offer of a reward for his new beloved game, the inventor asked for a single grain of rice on the first square, two on… read more

Daily Mail | Rise of the robo-brain

June 8, 2015

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Daily Mail — June 8, 2015 | Sarah Griffiths

Scientists have engineered flexible electronics that can be injected into brain tissue through a needle to mesh with biological brain cells.

This mesh of electrodes can unfold once in position and has so far been used to monitor brain activity in mice.

This suggests it may be capable of similar feats in humans one day. Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google said in 2013 that it will… read more

Business Insider | A new, game changing technology can put electronics directly into the brain

June 8, 2015

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Business Insider — June 8, 2015 | Guia Del Prado

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on brain implants that could restore memories and treat brain damage. Having a brain implant to remember facts would greatly enhance our abilities to take tests and perform everyday work.

That might be possible in the future, when tiny brain implants can give us abilities that extend beyond our biological limits. Ray Kurzweil believes we’ll able to access the internet with… read more

Singularity University Singularity Hub | Exponential Finance, Ray Kurzweil stresses humanity’s moral imperative in developing artificial intelligence

June 5, 2015

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Singularity University Singularity Hub — June 5, 2015 | David J. Hill

Ray Kurzweil said at the Exponential Finance conference, “We have a moral imperative to continue the promise of artificial intelligence while controlling the peril. I’m optimistic, but we shouldn’t be lulled into a lack of concern.”

Kurzweil’s view contrasts Elon Musk’s, who caused a stir last year when he tweeted, “Worth reading Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom, PhD. We need to be careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”… read more

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