Silicon Valley Business Journal | The quotable Kurzweil

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Spent an hour chatting with futurist Ray Kurzweil about some of his predictions for the coming decades, and here are three of his biggest “pie in the sky” ideas, as he likes to call them.

Turn off Caveman genes: We will be able manage metabolism by turning off genes. “We’re not depending on the next big hunt for our daily nourishment anymore.”

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Silicon Valley Business Journal | Do you need a futurist? Ray Kurzweil says yes

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Ray KurzweilGoogle Inc.’s director of engineering, took the stage at NASA’s research park at Moffett Field and the crowd fell silent. They’d been waiting all week at Singularity University’s FutureMed conference in Mountain View to hear the storied futurist-inventor-author speak. Finally, the slight, bespectacled Kurzweil launched in, telling the history of Silicon Valley’s role in the exponential advance of innovation in his heavy New York… read more

The Futurist | How to make a mind

February 15, 2013

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The Futurist — February 15, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

Can nonbiological brains have real minds of their own? In this article, drawn from his latest book, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the future of intelligence — artificial and otherwise.

“The mammalian brain has a distinct aptitude not found in any other class of animal. We are capable of hierarchical thinking, of understanding a structure composed of diverse elements arranged in a pattern, representing that arrangement with a symbol,… read more

The News and Observer | Google Now offers glimpse of where the search giant is headed

February 10, 2013

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The News and Observer — February 10, 2013 | Paul Gilster

Google Translate has many languages to work with and plenty of computer horsepower behind it. Thinking about its methods reminds me that Ray Kurzweil has now gone to work for Google. Kurzweil is an Edisonian figure who came up with the first flatbed scanner and the first machine that could read text aloud. He has created music synthesizers and made huge strides in PC speech recognition, the… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: Your brain in the cloud

February 10, 2013

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Big Think — February 10, 2013 | Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Transcript | Ray Kurzweil: Sometimes people think that emotion and art are sort of sideshows to human intelligence and the real essence of intelligence is thinking logically. If that were true, computers are already smarter than we are because they’re much better at logical thinking than we are. It’s actually things like being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment; maybe in a poem or in… read more

The Globe and Mail | How To Create a Mind: Can a marriage between man and machine solve the world’s problems?

February 8, 2013

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The Globe and Mail — February 8, 2013 | Don Tapscott

How do you know when your new book is a success? When Google promptly offers you a plum job as soon as the book is on the stands.

That’s the pleasant turn of events that Ray Kurzweil, 64, is enjoying. His most recent book, his sixth, is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. His new job at Google is director of engineering.… read more

MTV Hive | Five ways William Gibson and Ray Kurzweil influenced Ra Ra Riot’s new album

February 7, 2013

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MTV Hive — February 7, 2013 | Kory Grow

Halfway into the synth-poppy title track for Ra Ra Riot‘s new album, Beta Love, frontman Wes Miles sings, “In this city of robot hearts, ours were made to be.”

No mere fantastical hiccup, that line — and the song’s programming speak title — stem from Miles’ and his bandmates’ interest in science and science fiction, namely the works of science fiction author William Gibson and inventor-futurist… read more

Forbes | Health and medicine at the inflection point — today’s perspective from Ray Kurzweil

February 5, 2013

Forbes — February 5, 2013 | John Nosta

There are few voices in the scientific community that have looked so deep and so far into our humanity. Ray Kurzweil is certainly one of these visionaries.  He recently took the time to provide his perspective on digital health and the evolution of medicine.

From nanobots to life eternal, Kurzweil keeps us thinking and imagining a future that is poised to change with amazing speed and relevance to our everyday… read more

Forbes | The world in 2033: Big thinkers and futurists share their thoughts

February 4, 2013

Forbes — February 4, 2013 | Todd Wilms

On technology: Ray Kurzweil,“20 years from now, biotechnology — reprogramming biology as an information process — will be in a mature phase. We will routinely turn off genes that promote disease and aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be able to add genes that protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

“Major killers… read more

Elle | The musical stylings of Janelle Monae

February 1, 2013

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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

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