August 29, 2014
Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan
Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.
The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more
Source: Wired — August 12, 2014 | Steven Levy
Google recently paid a reported $500 million for the UK deep learning company DeepMind and has lured AI legends Ray Kurzweil and Geoffrey Hinton to its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Facebook has its own deep learning group, led by prize hire Yann LeCun… read more
August 10, 2014
Source: Los Angeles Times — August 8, 2014 | Chris Lee
In the videos, Aoki interviews such techno eminences as scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil — behind the singularity theory that envisions the melding of human brains with supercomputers, and Aubrey de Grey — whose books portend man’s ability to… read more
Radio Open Source | ‘The end of work’ with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon [UPDATE: podcast available]
July 31, 2014
Source: Radio Open Source — July 27, 2014 | Christopher Lydon
The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?
Economists predict that 50% of US jobs could be automated in a decade or two. Big fun show with… read more
Source: Long Now Foundation — July 29, 2014 | Austin Brown
Ray Kurzweil, who popularized the Turing test in his books, countered that reverse-engineering of the human brain will allow computer programs that can think like a human, and that research is accelerating.
The… read more
July 18, 2014
Source: Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen
“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more
July 12, 2014
Source: The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down
Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.
Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to
Source: TED — March 24, 2014
Source: TED — March 24, 2014
This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.