Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview: Ray Kurzweil discusses his first two months at Google

March 19, 2013

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Singularity Hub — March 19, 2013 | David J. Hill

In another exclusive interview with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil provides an update about his first two months as Director of Engineering at Google. During the interview Kurzweil revealed that his team is collaborating with other groups at Google to enable computers to understand and speaking language just like humans.

Kurzweil also tells us how Larry Page personally recruited him to join Google to pursue the goal of creating… read more

Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 8, 2014

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Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… read more

Newsweek | Should we be afraid of robots?

February 8, 2015

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Newsweek — February 8, 2015 | Kevin Maney

Elon Musk wants us to start talking about what we do with artificial intelligence. To that end, he’s donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to study ways to make sure AI is beneficial to humanity.

Google has set up an ethics board to keep an eye on its AI work. Futurist Ray Kurzweil writes, “We have a moral imperative to realize AIs promise while controlling the… read more

The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 3, 2014

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The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil’s top 5 reasons to be optimistic for 2013

January 1, 2013

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Big Think — January 1, 2013 | Daniel Honan

Will you be better off this year than your were in the past? To the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the answer is a resounding yes. “We are far more productive and healthy and better off in every way than we were in the past,” Kurzweil, the author of the new book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, told Big Think in a… read more

CBC | Artificial intelligence, human brain to merge in 2030s, says futurist Kurzweil

November 2, 2015

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CBC — June 9, 2015 | Solomon Israel

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, says we’re close to linking our brains with AI. Science fiction has a long tradition of pitting artificial intelligence (AI) against humanity in a struggle for dominance.

Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist and inventor, envisions a more cooperative future. He says the human brain will soon merge with computer networks to form a hybrid artificial intelligence. “In the 2030s we’re going to connect directly from the… read more

The Washington Post | Love in the time of bots

March 17, 2015

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The Washington Post — March 17, 2015 | Dominic Basulto

Artificial intelligence thought leader Ray Kurzweil has suggested that a real life human & AI romance might be possible in as little as 15 years.

In his review of the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her, Kurzweil said he expected similar types of advances by the year 2029, “Samantha herself I would place at 2029, when the leap to human level AI would be reasonably believable.”

Kurzweil says your… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Google’s Kurzweil says the machines will think for themselves by 2040, and oh we’ll be immortal

February 10, 2014

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 10, 2014 | Jon Xavier

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil is one of the most accomplished men of our time. Google is trying to bring about technological singularity, creating a true AI smart enough to improve its own source code.

Machines can progress to far-future, science fiction levels of intelligence within our lifetimes. Kurzweil predicts this will happen by 2040.

That’s something Kurzweil’s group is already working on, and if you have… read more

The Independent | Review: Inferno Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

May 14, 2013

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The Independent — May 14, 2013 | Boyd Tonkin

Inferno grafts the artificial-plague motif onto the biology and ideology of population control and the heretical science of the “Transhumanist” movement. This updated variant of eugenics believes that humanity must take control of its own evolution.

Many SF authors, along with outlier scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, have long pondered such a utopian, or dystopian, future. But thanks to Inferno, the neo-Malthusians, the “Population Apocalypse Equation”, and even… read more

Genius | Ray Kurzweil: How the world will change

August 27, 2015

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Genius — August 1, 2015

about | What is Genius online? Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. Your interactive guide to human culture.

Genius layers answers to questions over the text itself, enabling you to answer them as you read.

Whenever you’re interested in a passage, you can click it to read an annotation that explains in plain language what you’re reading and why it’s important.

How… read more

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