BBC News | Where tech and philosophy collide

August 12, 2009

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BBC News — August 12, 2009 | Iain Mackenzie

Critics of transhumanism say it will lead to a world where the wealthy have access to life extending and enhancing innovations, while the poor languish with unmodified, “Mark 1″ human bodies….Technology is affordable only by the wealthy when it doesn’t work very well,” counters Ray Kurzweil. “By the time it is perfected it ends up being extremely inexpensive.

Consider mobile phones; only the wealthy could afford them when they… read more

Singularity Hub | When will computers match the human brain? Kurzweil vs. Myers

August 19, 2010

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Singularity Hub — August 19, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

10 years? 20 years? 100 years? Never? There are about as many predictions for when artificial intelligence will match human intellect as there are AI researchers.

More, really, when you figure in all the people who simply read about AI research and decide to make their own decisions (I’m in that boat myself). Processing power has been increasing exponentially for years, and few doubt that it… read more

Fortune | When the professor works at Google

September 16, 2013

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Fortune — September 16, 2013 | John Hagel, John Seely Brown

Singularity University doesn’t have a big staff or a long history. It was founded in 2009 by two successful entrepreneurs, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, with the vision of using disruptive technologies to positively impact a billion people within a decade.

They are motivated to explore the potential of rapidly advancing technologies to take on humanity’s big challenges, such as water scarcity and energy consumption. [...]

Rolling Stone | When man & machine merge

February 19, 2009

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Rolling Stone — Feb 19, 2009 | David Kushner

Over the past four decades, Ray Kurzweil has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific and influential inventors. His specialty is pattern recognition — teaching machines to classify data and learn. He created the first program to enable computers to read text — the basis of modern scanning — as well as the first program to translate text into speech.

Monolith | When Google hired Ray Kurzweil

May 10, 2013

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Monolith — May 10, 2013 | Elliott King

Most recently, he has been appointed director of engineering at Google, a position that enables him to manage new projects involving machine learning and natural language integration and understanding. Directly applicable to the public face of Google, Kurzweil will become a pivotal factor in creating an even more rigorous search engine that was capable of analysing and interpreting semantic content used in digital language.

He could… read more

The Wall Street Journal | When computers beat humans on Jeopardy!

February 17, 2011

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The Wall Street Journal — February 17, 2011 | Ray Kurzweil

Over the past three days,the TV show Jeopardy! featured a showdown between a clever IBM computer system called Watson and the two greatest Jeopardy! champions. Watson won handily. It won the preliminary practice round, tied Monday’s opening round, and won by large margins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The point has been made: Watson can compete at the championship level—and is making it more difficult for anyone to argue that there… read more

SmartPlanet | When brain implants arrive, will we still be us?

November 19, 2012

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SmartPlanet — November 19, 2012 | Reena Jana

What happens when non-biological implants in our bodies — along the lines of cochlear implants to improve hearing in the deaf — include brain-related devices that might enhance our memories? Will we still be “us”? Will we be more of a cyborg than we were if, say, we had another type of implant? And for those who believe we would not be, at what point do we… read more

Tech Times | What’s expected at Google I/O conference

June 23, 2014

Tech Times — June 23, 2014 | Quinten Plummer

Google is still expected to deliver a refined vision of strategies for cloud computing. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has been slated to give a lecture entitle ”Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence.”

Kurzweil was said to be preparing to present his short and long term plans for bolstering user interaction with artificial intelligence, helping to improve areas including searches and machine responses. [...]

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World Economic Forum | What will life be like in 2064?

October 8, 2014

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World Economic Forum — October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell

If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely — in the cloud at least. Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a number of technologists, inventors and futurists who believe that the ability to upload our minds to the web, create virtual bodies, and thereby live forever, is within touching distance.

Kurzweil thinks we’ll achieve digital immortality as soon as 2045, and takes 150 supplements… read more

TED | What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

At TED 2014, we challenged attendees to vote on 10 potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The range of opinions was vast and intriguing.

And what do you think? See how your thoughts match up with the rest of the TED community. Below, some relevant quotes from TED Talks. [...]

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