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Fever Picture | Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil’s talk

December 28, 2011

Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil's talk

Ray Kurzweil recently keynoted Australia’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference. Artist Gavin Blake (director of Fever Picture “graphic facilitation agency”) documented the event  with these clever illustrations. You can see more examples of their work on here. Click on the [+] expand button in the upper right-hand corner of the two images below to expand them to full size for best readability.… read more

Video Source: Fever Picture | Gavin Blake

The New York Times | Life goes on and on

December 17, 2011

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Source: The New York Times — December 17, 2011 | James Atlas

As an actuarial phenomenon, the reason isn’t hard to grasp. My friends are in their 60s now, some creeping up on 70; their mothers are in their 80s or 90s. Ray Kurzweil, the author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,believes that we’re close to unlocking the key to immortality.

Perhaps within this century, he prophesies, “software-based humans” will be able to survive indefinitely on the Web,… read more

PSFK | How can philosophy play a larger role in media experiences?

December 14, 2011

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Source: PSFK — December 14, 2011 | Jason Silva

When I came across Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, I began to understand the unlimited creative potential of the human species, to not just transcend our biological limitations by upgrading our biological software, but also to impregnate the universe with intelligence. The exponential growth curves of information technology spilling over into the domestication of biotechnology and nanotechnology coupled with the possibilities of artificial intelligence were dazzlingly seductive.

I couldn’t… read more

The Smart Set | Immortal combat: The Rosicrucian fantasy in 2011

December 14, 2011

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Source: The Smart Set — December 14, 2011 | Stefany Anne Goldberg

This much is true. We do not want to die. And some say everything we do comes down to this. We look to fame, to children, to heaven, hoping all the while to grasp just a bit of immortality. We look to religion and we look to the occult, invisible solutions built on clouds and trust. We look to more tangible solutions as well. If we had a

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The Daily Gleaner | Futurist Kurzweil says he hopes his message excites and inspires young people

December 9, 2011

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Source: The Daily Gleaner — December 9, 2011 | Tara Chislett

When it comes to the future, we need to change the way we think about innovation, says internationally renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people at the Fredericton Convention Centre — including more than 200 students from District 18 high schools and the University of New Brunswick — Kurzweil delivered the keynote address at the city’s first goFred X conference Thursday afternoon.… read more

Scientific American | Will you live forever – or until your next software release – by uploading your brain into a computer?

December 5, 2011

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Source: Scientific American — December 5, 2011 | Gary Stix

Ray Kurzweil and other so-called transhumanists have promised that in coming decades we will be able to transfer a digital copy of the trillions of connections among nerve cells in our brains into a computer. We would essentially reincarnate ourselves as non-biological beings that persist for eternity inside a laptop, on the endless links of the Internet or as avatars inside a television set. After achieving the ultimate copy and… read more

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

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