Forbes | The SAP Future Series

October 7, 2015

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Forbes — June 10, 2015 | Dan Wellers

Processor speed, data storage, bandwidth, connected devices and sensors are leaping ahead exponentially. That’s how it is with digital technologies.

Ray Kurzweil predicted progress in this century could be of equal magnitude to all progress over the last 200 centuries. The fundamental driver behind this is the relentless digitization of everything.

That’s because once something is digitized it can be copied infinitely, perfectly every time, and made immediately available to… read more

Medium | In robotics you have to look for hidden limitations

October 6, 2015

Medium — October 4, 2015 | Scott Friedman

In robotics, you have to look for the hidden limitations. They are there, but robotocists and press don’t talk about them, and civilians don’t even know to ask. I founded Seegrid with Hans Moravec, Phd and with generous support from futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, who was on our Seegrid board of directors. I’ve got a little expertise here.

For self-driving cars, there are at least 3 giant hidden limitations.read more

The Huffington Post + The World Post | Ray Kurzweil: in the 2030s nanobots in our brains will make us god like

October 6, 2015

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The Huffington Post + The World Post — October 1, 2015 | Kathleen Miles

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• article link | 1.  Peter Diamandis’ Bold a reminder of how entrepreneurs will control the world’s fate
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Forbes | The Kurzweilian logic of exponential growth in the interconnected era

October 1, 2015

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Forbes — September 30, 2015 | Dan Woods

A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into 4 broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing today in the interconnected era. What are the rules of this era? Are any patterns emerging? What skills will be needed? What infrastructure is required?

I suggest turning to futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil for guidance about how this plays out, who will win, and… read more

PC Magazine | These robots want out of the lab and into your house

September 30, 2015

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PC Magazine — September 29, 2015 | Sophia Stuart

Boston Consulting Group predicts that consumer robotics will become a $9 billion market by 2025. So it’s no surprise that 1,600 attendees from 29 countries converged on the Robo Business conference — an influential event on business transformation through robotics innovation.

Fittingly for a conference discussing the viability of robotics, the closing keynote was futurist, inventor Ray Kurzweil, author of book The Singularity Is Near, and now a director of engineering at Google, with a focus… read more

The New York Times | How I learned to stop worrying and love artificial intelligence

September 22, 2015

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The New York Times — September 21, 2015 | Robert A. Burton

The distinction between man and machine is under siege. The technology wizard Ray Kurzweil speaks with casual confidence of achieving electromagnetic immortality with our once human selves eternally etched onto universal servers.

For me, the possibility that machines will acquire the equivalent of human feelings and emotions is pure fantasy. And yet, as a neurologist, I cannot ignore advancing machine intelligence’s implications about the human mind.

Uncovering the… read more

The Washington Post | What Eric Schmidt gets right and wrong about the future of artificial intelligence

September 22, 2015

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The Washington Post — September 15, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, known better as Google executive chairman, describes ways artificial intelligence will drive forward some key consumer segments — music and travel. He doesn’t go far enough in developing some truly breakthrough ideas about where AI is headed.

The legendary Ray Kurzweil was recruited by Google to work on AI projects. Eric Schmidt alludes to Google’s gmail, but doesn’t mention Deep Mind, now teaching machines… read more

Time | Question Everything — Will robots need rights? Robots will demand rights and we’ll grant them

September 22, 2015

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Time — September 11, 2015 | Ray Kurzweil

It’s a question of morality. There is no way to prove that one entity is conscious and another is not. Virtual characters can claim to be, but that does not convince us that they are.

Some scientists say therefore that consciousness is an illusion. I would argue against that, however, because our entire moral system is based on it.

If morality and rights are based… read more

The Huffington Post | The truth is out, robots are us

September 7, 2015

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The Huffington Post — August 24, 2015 | John M. Eger

Microsoft’s experiment in China with chatbot known as Xiaoice was a success. Folks chat with Xiaoice when they have been dumped in a relationship, are experiencing depression or been laid off.

As a virtual platform, people can chat for extended lengths of time with her. Users feel she has excellent listening skills, a great sense of humor and so called ability to love you unconditionally.

That machines may… read more

Media Post | Because of Uber, self-driving cars will be everywhere and soon

August 31, 2015

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Media Post — August 28, 2015 | Kaila Colbin

Bill Gates thinks Uber has the best shot at dominating the autonomous vehicle industry. I’ve become little obsessed with exponentially accelerating technology of late. I spent a week at Singularity University, fully indoctrinated into the cult of inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

As long as Uber is around, flush with cash and hugely ambitious, autonomous vehicles will continue their doubling trend, ultimately becoming better than driver vehicles and much… read more

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