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The Six Epochs of Life — a mural by Nick Mayer inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near

February 21, 2012

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The Six Epochs of Life mural was commissioned by Martine and Bina Rothblatt in the summer of 2008 to be painted on a bare concrete wall at Estate Marbina Abenaki’s Terasem Center of Critical Consciousness.

The primary wish that the Rothblatts had for the mural was that it illustrate the Six Epochs of Life described in chapter one of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.

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Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil for president (seriously?)

February 12, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — February 12, 2012 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil has made a name for himself by forecasting important trends in consumer technology, global politics, and computer intelligence. Yet even Kurzweil couldn’t predict the latest disruptive event in his life: Ray’s running for U.S. President in 2012! Well…kind of.

The noted author, inventor, and futurist is a well known, and widely admired, figure in the Singularity community. He cofounded Singularity University, advocates the… read more

NRF Retail's Big Blog | Goosebumps, giggles and gadgets: Mike Gatti’s top 5 Super Bowl commercials

February 6, 2012

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Source: NRF Retail's Big Blog — February 6, 2012 | Kathy Grannis

The Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) found 25.8 percent of people planned to tune in strictly for the commercials.

To dish out his own thoughts on the winners of last night’s mega-expensive, ultra-territorial Super Bowl commercial showdown, RAMA’s Executive Director Mike Gatti, in his third annual “Top 5 Commercials” blog post, puts a few things into perspective.

Check out his top picks below:

Best Buy —  Best Buy’s “Innovators” brings… read more

Pioneer Press | Critics like Best Buy’s ‘innovative’ Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Source: Pioneer Press — February 6, 2012 | Tom Webb

Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad, featuring inventors who created innovations for cellphones, is drawing praise from advertising pros, although the wider public greeted it with a shrug.

The 30-second spot veered from the Super Bowl ad practice of using celebrities and showcased real people who invented features like the camera phone, text messaging and the ability to translate voice into text.

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New Mexico Business Weekly | Best Buy Super Bowl ad praised for focus on innovators

February 6, 2012

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Source: New Mexico Business Weekly — February 6, 2012

Best Buy Co. Inc.’s decision to use its Super Bowl ad to spotlight innovators who helped change how cell phones are used (and snuck itself onto the list) was received pretty well, at least by media types.

Cnet called it the best tech-centered ad of the first half of the game. It featured people like Philippe Kahn, who built one of the first camera phones, and Kevin Systrom, who… read more

Singularity Weblog | Mobile innovators: Best Buy features Ray Kurzweil on Super Bowl ad

February 6, 2012

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Source: Singularity Weblog — February 6, 2012 | Nikola Danaylov

“I’m Ray Kurzweil. I gave your words a voice.” This was Ray’s punchline during yesterday’s feature Best Buy Super Bowl ad also acknowledging a number of other mobile innovators.

The commercial focused the spotlight on ten technology innovators who have changed the way we use our phones:

  • Philippe Kahn: created the camera phone and MotionX
  • Neil Papworth: sent the first SMS message
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The Huffington Post | Best Buy Super Bowl commercial — ad stars tech inventors

February 6, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — February 6, 2012

Best Buy went above any beyond with its Super Bowl commercial, including a wide range of inventors who created so many of the technological devices that are part of our daily lives. They had camera phone inventor Philippe Kahn, text-to-voice creator Ray Kurzwell, all the way to the pioneers to created Words With Friends… and they even spoofed Alec Baldwin’s airplane incident. [...]

The Washington Post | Super Bowl ads: Mobile innovators download in Best Buy Web video series

February 6, 2012

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Source: The Washington Post — February 6, 2012 | Emi Kolawole

Super Bowl ads are a longtime tradition, but this one from Best Buy caught our eye. The ad features innovators who have been changing the mobile technology landscape — a major tool in conquering “Big Data.” The ad featured during the Super Bowl is a shorter version of a much longer Web video.

The entire ad campaign, created by Best Buy to tout their mobile phone and carrier plan selection… read more

Big Think | Our favorite Super Bowl ad — smartphone nerds

February 6, 2012

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Source: Big Think — February 6, 2012 | Daniel Honan

Move over, David Beckham, Matthew Broderick, Jerry Seinfeld and Donald Trump. The Super Bowl commercial that caught our attention was a Best Buy spot called “Phone Innovators” featuring none other than Big Think favorite Ray Kurzweil.

“I’m Ray Kurzweil,” the futurist and inventor says in the commercial. “I gave your words a voice,” his phone then says.

The New York Times | Judging the Super Bowl commercials, from charming to smarmy

February 5, 2012

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Source: The New York Times — February 5, 2012 | Stuart Elliott

Best Buy: A year after a silly Super Bowl spot with Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne, Best Buy celebrated real achievement with a commercial honoring technological innovators like Philippe Kahn, who declares, “I created the camera phone,” and Kevin Systrom, a founder of the photo-sharing app Instagram. [...]

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