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

February 5, 2012

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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. [...]

Library Journal | Nonfiction previews, October 2012, part 2: Applebaum, Kurzweil, & more

April 16, 2012

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Library Journal — April 16, 2012 | Barbara Hoffert

Ray Kurzweil’s How To Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. Viking. Oct. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780670025299. $27.95. SCIENCE

New York Times best-selling author (The Singularity Is Near), National Medal of Technology winner, and former Library Journal columnist (note that he was keynote speaker at LJ’s first virtual ebook summit), Kurzweil here explains reverse engineering the brain. It’s a project to understand how the… read more

Wired | How Ray Kurzweil will help Google make the ultimate AI brain

April 25, 2013

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Wired — April 25, 2013 | Steven Levy

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year. Nonetheless, the hiring raised some eyebrows, since Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proselytizer of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being.

Add to this Google’s revelation that it is… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Kurzweil, Warrior, 2 others join Silicon Valley’s tech hall of fame

June 5, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 5, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Four Silicon Valley luminaries are joining SVForum’s version of the region’s tech hall of fame: Google engineering chief and futurist Ray Kurzweil, Cisco Systems Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, XPrize founder Peter Diamandis and Lean Startups advocate Steve Blank.

The annual invitation-only SVForum Visionaries gala reception has honored a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk,Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

SVForum Executive Director Chris Gill and Chairperson Debra Magid of… read more

SearchCIO | Kurzweil: The human brain on IT

September 30, 2013

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SearchCIO — September 30, 2013 | Linda Tucci

“Change is the new constant” is a saying you hear a lot at technology conferences. “But change is not constant,” said inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil at a conference I attended last week.

The world is changing more and more rapidly, fueled by information technology. Unlike some of us given to mouthing such statements, the recipient of the National Medal of Technology had his argument teed up. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | Weekend Confidential: Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — May 30, 2014 | Alexandra Wolfe

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read. Next will be the singularity — a term he popularized for the point at which humans and computers will merge.

In 2045, he predicts, human intelligence will be enhanced a billion fold, thanks to high tech brain extensions. As a director of engineering at Google, Mr. Kurzweil is working on getting machines to understand “natural” language. Computers aren’t as good… read more

The Mercury News | Quoted tech billionaires and human immortality

March 6, 2015

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The Mercury News — March 6, 2015 | Levi Sumagaysay

Google spinoff Calico’s stated mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan.

Google’s Larry Page has also backed Singularity University. Its co-founders Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis are big fans of immortality — or at least living till 700. [...]

Business Insider • Tech Insider  | How a pianist became the world’s most famous futurist

March 30, 2016

Business Insider • Tech Insider  — March 19, 2016 | Sean Kane

Today computer science pioneer Ray Kurzweil is known for promoting the technological singularity, a point in time when artificial intelligence becomes powerful enough to program better versions of itself.

If it happens such an explosion of digital intelligence will quickly surpass human comprehension and either lead to a Terminator-esque apocalypse or fuse with the human brain, bringing our species to new intellectual heights.

Kurzweil has led a peculiar… read more

The Observer | 20 predictions for the next 25 years

January 2, 2011

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The Observer — January 2, 2011 | Richard Jones

[...] Some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, predict that nanotechnology will lead to a revolution, allowing us to make any kind of product for virtually nothing; to have computers so powerful that they will surpass human intelligence; and to lead to a new kind of medicine on a sub-cellular level that will allow us to abolish ageing and death.

I don’t think that Kurzweil’s “technological singularity” — a dream… read more

LiveScience | Solar power to rule in 20 years, futurists say

February 19, 2008

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LiveScience — February 19, 2008 | Robin Lloyd

[...] Ray Kurzweil is part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth’s people in 20 years. There is 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as the field of solar energy is going to… read more

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