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Complex | Apple’s iWatch and the law of accelerating anticlimax

March 12, 2013

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Source: Complex — March 12, 2013 | Michael Thomsen

The advent of wearable computers was one of Ray Kurzweil’s early predictions about the ever nearing Singularity, the moment when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence and slowly slip out of our control.

At the time he said it, the prediction was as strange sounding as the idea we might all one day be wearing phone booths, and yet both have come to pass in… read more

TED | The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED 2014

March 21, 2014

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Source: TED — March 20, 2014 | Thu-Huong Ha

Computers, says Kurzweil, are beginning to master human language with techniques similar to neocortex. In five to 10 years, he says, “search engines will be based on combinations of words and links but will actually read the billions of pages on the web for understanding.”

Kurzweil predicts that in 20 years nanobots will enter the brain through capillaries to connect us to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud. The… read more

Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

CNBC | Tech can make immortality a reality: head Google engineer

June 17, 2013

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Source: CNBC — June 17, 2013 | Cadie Thompson

Immortality may not be a reality yet, but rapidly evolving technology is making it more realistic, Google’s engineering director told the Global Future 2045 World Congress.

“The life expectancy was 20 1,000 years ago. We doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more… read more

CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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Source: CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

Pacific Standard | Silicon Valley thinks it should live forever

August 22, 2013

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Source: Pacific Standard — August 21, 2013 | Ryan O'Hanlon

The average lifespan of an American human being is currently 79 years. But there is a group of men who think that number is too low because that number is not “infinity.” In the latest display of human ignorance toward the planet we inhabit, a bunch of Silicon Valley techno-dudes want to live forever.

Under Brin’s aegis, Google has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Source: Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 30, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal, an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100. [...]

American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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Source: American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

VentureBeat | Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

October 3, 2012

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Source: VentureBeat — October 3, 2012 | Meghan Kelly

“We’re making very discernible progress in AI. It’s quite visceral,” Ray Kurzweil told the audience at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

He also made a comment about Apple’s Siri voice assistant and how far it still has to go. Kurzweil was directly involved in creating Nuance, which is the speech-recognition technology behind Siri.

“I think actually the natural language understanding of Siri is fairly weak,”… read more

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