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Slate | Ray Kurzweil discusses longevity, robot revolts at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: Slate — March 12, 2012 | Katherine Goldstein

On Monday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Ray Kurzweil, the prolific author, scientist, and futurist, presented a keynote conversation with Time magazine columnist Lev Grossman to discuss, in the broadest terms, his vision of the future, including augmented-reality glasses, 3D printing airplanes, and reforming our education system.

Here are three of his most interesting predictions.

1) Kurzweil, a long-time advocate of extreme human longevity, says… read more

PC Magazine | Ray Kurzweil debunks exponential returns doubters at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — March 12, 2012 | Dan Costa

As you would expect, this kind of optimism draws a lot of fire from more pessimistic, perhaps more realistic, critics. On Monday at SXSW, Kurzweil took on the skeptics with an array of historical charts, future forecasts, and the simple belief that “you can start world-changing revolution with just the power of your ideas and everyday tools.”

The cornerstone to many of Kurzweil’s predictions is the… read more

The Atlantic Wire | The SXSWi power ranking Singularity is here

March 12, 2012

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Source: The Atlantic Wire — March 12, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett

We’re into the Monday doldrums at SXSW. Three straight days of walking and talking and drinking, yet somehow people still feel compelled to go outside and keep talking and walking and drinking. On a weekday! The nerve of this town.

Meanwhile, Skype has paid this “town crier” to read Tweets out loud on the street, making the concept of shouting into the void all too literal. It’s almost… read more

Jason Silva & Steven Mercado | New Six Epochs of Evolution infographic

March 11, 2012

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Source: Jason Silva & Steven Mercado — March 11, 2012

Directions for viewing | To expand this image to full viewing sizing, click the [+] expand button in the upper, right-hand corner of the thumbnail image to open a larger, overlay image. In the overlay click the upper, right-hand corner again to expand to maximum size.

The new Six Epochs of Evolution image was done in collaboration with artist Steven Mercado, who… read more

The Hollywood Reporter | Damon Lindelof & Ray Kurzweil

March 8, 2012

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter — March 8, 2012 | Damon Lindelof

Ray Kurzweil, the 64-Year-Old Futurist, will appear at SXSW Interactive for the first time March 12 to take part in a keynote conversation. An MIT graduate and subject of the 2009 doc Transcendent Man, he has developed groundbreaking speech-recognition programs, advanced music synthesizers and artificial-intelligence investment software through his Wellesley, Mass.-based Kurzweil Technologies.

His fans range from Stevie Wonder, who challenged him to create Kurzweil Music Systems, to Roland Emmerich, who sought… read more

Wired: Game Life | Kara is self-aware, Heavy Rain maker claims

March 8, 2012

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Source: Wired: Game Life — March 8, 2012 | Chris Baker

A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting that her sentience is a… read more

Santa Barbara Independent | Men must merge with machines: an interview with inventor and futurist Raymond Kurzweil

March 3, 2012

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Source: Santa Barbara Independent — March 3, 2012 | Lynda Weinman

Some have called inventor, author, and future-thinker Raymond Kurzweil the Thomas Edison of the 21st century, and rightly so. The National Inventor Hall of Fame inductee began his career making technology that helped blind people read — Stevie Wonder, in fact, is a good friend because of this — and then went on to pen books about computer science, nutrition, spirituality, and the merging of men with… read more

Montecito Journal | Ray Kurzweil: the ultimate thinking machine

March 1, 2012

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Source: Montecito Journal — March 1, 2012 | James Buckley

He is a visionary, an inventor (the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first music synthesizer that could recreate the keys of a grand piano), an entrepreneur, and has been described as a “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal. He is also a New York Times best-selling author.

Ray has been credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet… read more

The Wall Street Journal | The future is so bright, it’s dematerializing

February 25, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 25, 2012 | Matt Ridley

Dematerialization is one of the reasons that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give for the future’s being “better than you think” in their new book, Abundance. Mr. Diamandis founded the X Prizes, which handsomely reward those who reach certain far-minded goals in technology, medicine, energy and ecology.

As well as the X Prizes, Mr. Diamandis is cofounder and chairman of Singularity University, where the futurist Ray… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Ray Kurzweil talks about Singularity and theory’s critics

February 22, 2012

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 22, 2012 | Vauhini Vara

Ray Kurzweil believes computers will soon think like humans and ultimately merge with us, a notion he has dubbed “the singularity.”

That idea persuaded the former inventor in 2007 to form Singularity University, an institution housed at the NASA Research Park on Moffett Field in Mountain View, which teaches students about artificial intelligence and other topics straight out of science fiction.

While the institution isn’t… read more

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