CNN | Ray Kurzweil, humans will be hybrids by 2030

June 3, 2015

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CNN — June 3, 2015 | Jillian Eugenios

In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent. That’s the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google. He predicts humans will be hybrids in the 2030s.

Kurzweil says our brains will connect directly to the cloud, with thousands of computers, augmenting our existing intelligence.

He said the brain will connect via nanobots, tiny robots made from DNA strands. The bigger and more complex the… read more

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: Here’s why solar will dominate energy within 12 years

April 27, 2016

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Fortune — April 16, 2016 | David Z. Morris

Growth is exponential just like processing power. Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could become the dominant force in energy production in a little over a decade.

That may be tough to swallow, given that solar currently only supplies around 2% of global energy. But Kurzweil’s predictions have been overwhelmingly correct… read more

Business Insider | Here’s what futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks life will be like in the next 20 years

November 18, 2012

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Business Insider — November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him ”the ultimate thinking machine.”

With technology advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we’ll all be reconstituted… read more

Quartz | The bitcoin of governance could be coming soon

August 30, 2013

Quartz — August 30, 2013 | Gulay Ozkan

I left Istanbul in mid-June to join a 10-week program in Silicon Valley to solve global grand challenges through technology. On the first day, futurist and director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, and futurist and CEO of X Prize foundation, Peter Diamandis, laid out our mission at Singularity University: create a positive impact on a billion people in a decade and create disruptive innovation.

The… read more

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

Forbes | 3 reasons to believe the singularity is near

June 3, 2016

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Forbes — June 3, 2016 | Greg Satell

When Ray Kurzweil published his book The Singularity Is Near in 2006, many scoffed at his predictions. A year before Apple launched its iPhone, Kurzweil imagined  humans and computers fusing, unlocking capabilities seen in science fiction movies.

His argument is simple — as tech accelerates at an exponential rate, progress could eventually become  instantaneous, a singularity. He predicts as computers advance, they could merge with other tech like genomics, nanotechnology and robotics.

Today… 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

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