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Las Vegas Sun | Weekend best bets: Paula Poundstone, Ben Folds Five and Ray Kurzweil

January 24, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas Sun — January 24, 2013 | Allison Duck

Sunday: Ray Kurzweil lectureRay Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil hits the Smith Center stage as a part of the Audi Speaker Series, discussing his latest book, How to Create a Mind. Tickets are $24-$59 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27,… read more

Quartz | From Ray Kurzweil to Kanye West, everyone’s a futurist now

March 18, 2013

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Source: Quartz — March 18, 2013 | Scott Smith

In 1963, in the depths of the Cold War, all of the futurists in the world could probably assemble in a largish conference room and still have space for an overhead projector. Half a century later, it would take a small stadium to hold all of the people who use the title in some form.

The world of futures is a broad church today populated by… read more

The Huffington Post | Celebrities reveal what’s on their nightstands

June 20, 2013

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Source: The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements

When celebrities reveal what they keep at their bedside, the items may be surprising.

Olivia Munn, for example, recently told Marie Claire that on hers you’ll find The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil, lip balm, a 980,000-volt stun gun for protection, Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. [...]

Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension

August 25, 2013

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Source: Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci

Some experts believe aging ultimately will be conquered by engineers and computer scientists rather than biomedical researchers.

Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more

The Blaze | Inventor Kurzweil: No more disease, aging, printable replacement organs

December 14, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — December 10, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books, including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3D printing.

Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence… read more

Reel Change | The radical, reassuring message of Her

January 16, 2014

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Source: Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell

Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.

Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible… read more

The Independent | Spike Jonze’s film Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with his computer but could it be more than science fiction?

February 14, 2014

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Source: The Independent — February 13, 2014 | Rhodri Marsden

However, technology is moving faster than we might imagine. But Her is different; it depicts mutual love between man and machine that, for some reason, feels multi-faceted, amorous and profound. Just like the real thing.

Voice synthesis and voice recognition will improve markedly; conversing with computers will feel normal. According to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, backing up our minds to disk or to the cloud will… read more

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 28, 2014

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Source: Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

Voice of America | Inventing the Future

June 24, 2009

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Source: Voice of America — Jun 24, 2009 | Erin Brummett

Welcome to T2A Chat as we meet one of the world’s leading inventors, Ray Kurzweil. He was principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray joins us from Boston, Massachusetts.… read more

h+ magazine | Ray Kurzweil: The h+ interview

December 30, 2009

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Source: h+ magazine — December 30, 2009 | Surfdaddy Orca, R.U. Sirius

A 3-way conversation with the brilliant and controversial inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil needs little or no introduction to most h+ readers. Principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition, Ray… read more

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