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The Washington Post | The case for old entrepreneurs

December 2, 2011

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Source: The Washington Post — December 2, 2011 | Vivek Wadhwa

Do people stop being creative as they reach middle age? Henry Ford introduced the Model T when he was 45. Sam Walton built Walmart in his mid-40s.

Some of the most creative people of the century were also not young. Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in his 50s; Alfred Hitchcock directed Vertigo when he was 59; Frank Lloyd Wright built his architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, when he was 68.… read more

PhysOrg | The future cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011

December 1, 2011

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Source: PhysOrg — December 1, 2011 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

In his post-presentation press conference, Kurzweil was asked about the role of our evolutionarily-determined biological drives — and thereby motivation and emotion — as minds merge with machines and AI equals or surpasses human levels. Kurzweil noted that we have a remarkable ability to sublimate our drives, and we do so largely into innovation.

Since he sees the purpose of technology as the transcendence of our biological limitations, one… read more

Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Source: Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

Time: Techland | The Singularity storms SXSW: Ray Kurzweil, Lev Grossman to present keynote at interactive festival

November 21, 2011

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Source: Time: Techland — November 21, 2011 | Allie Townsend

Exclusive: Futurist and singularity expert Ray Kurzweil will join best-selling author and Time senior writer Lev Grossman for a special keynote conversation to be held at this spring’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

What happens when the wits of machines surpass the intelligence of the human race? Some say we’ll upload our imaginations into computers, emerging as immortals of the digital space. Others warn that it will trumpet… read more

The Boston Globe | Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton

November 16, 2011

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Source: The Boston Globe — November 16, 2011

A couple dozen actors, writers, politicians and scientists call Newton their current or former home:

Ray Kurzweil — He’s one of MIT’s most vocal and high-profile technology visionaries.… read more

Luke Ryan Blog | The Singularity — a layman’s view

November 10, 2011

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Source: Luke Ryan Blog — November 10, 2011 | Luke Ryan

Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius named Raymond Kurzweil (below).

Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his… read more

Variety | Sony suspends ‘Singularity’ for revisions — Ray Kurzweil, singularity expert, will help with script

November 10, 2011

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Source: Variety — November 10, 2011 | Jeff Sneider, Justin Kroll

Sony has suspended pre-production on Roland Emmerich’s $175 million sci-fi epic “Singularity,” canceling several scheduled screen tests to give Emmerich time to develop the screenplay with co-writer Harald Kloser.… read more

The Wrap News | Sony suspends production on Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singularity’

November 10, 2011

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Source: The Wrap News — November 10, 2011 | Joshua L. Weinstein

Sony has put production of Singularity, Roland Emmerich’s big-budget sci-fi film, on hold while the filmmakers revise the script, The Wrap has confirmed.… read more

The New York Review of Books | On the road to immortality

November 10, 2011

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Source: The New York Review of Books — November 10, 2011 | John Gray

First published in 2009, and more recently in a paperback edition, Transcend presents “an easy-to-follow program” — “a comprehensive exercise program, sample menus and recipes, precise dosages for supplements, when and where to obtain blood tests, and many other helpful details.”

The program’s initial goal is “to slow down and in many cases to stop the processes that lead to disease and aging” so that we can “live… read more

io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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Source: io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.… read more

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