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New Scientist | Will robots doing TED talks spark an AI breakthrough?

March 21, 2014

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Source: New Scientist — March 21, 2014 | Aviva Rutkin

New Scientist | Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Bono have all done it. Soon robots will have a chance to deliver their own TED talks. That’s the latest challenge to the field of artificial intelligence, announced yesterday by the non-profit X Prize Foundation.

“We will need to take some number of months to figure this out,” Diamandis adds. “We have some great experts like Ray Kurzweil and Sebastian… read more

CNN | How TED got famous

March 21, 2014

Source: CNN — March 20, 2014 | Richard Gallant

CNN | Negroponte gave the first talk Monday at the TED 2014 conference. He is one of many TED “all-stars” invited to reappear on the conference’s stage.

Among them: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, inventor Ray Kurzweil, robotics expert Rodney Brooks, educator Salman Khan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.

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CNN | At TED, miracles and fears

March 21, 2014

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Source: CNN — March 21, 2014 | Richard Galant

CNN | Inventor Ray Kurzweil looked two decades ahead to a time when, he argued, people will use nanobots to connect the capillaries of their brains to the cloud, merging biological thinking with artificial intelligence and enabling a leap in human capabilities equivalent to the great advances of millions of years of evolution.

The 30th anniversary gathering for the organization built around the subjects of its acronym –… read more

TED | Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED 2014

March 21, 2014

Source: TED — March 20, 2014

What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies and minds be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In session 8 of TED 2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow.

Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text, and audio technology. He is revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of… 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

TED | TED 2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design

March 20, 2014

Source: TED — March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Jacobs

With just one week left to go until TED 2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote about the science of goat arousal and which launched a defense… read more

TED | Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

March 19, 2014

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Source: TED — February 2009

TED | Ray Kurzweil‘s latest graphs show that technology’s breakneck advances will only accelerate — recession or not.

He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity. Recorded at TED University 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, CA.

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Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 18, 2014

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Source: Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott

Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.

Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.

TechCrunch | Why can’t a startup build a self-driving car?

March 18, 2014

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Source: TechCrunch — March 15, 2014 | Peter Yared

Google has been on a massive buying spree lately, snapping up key hires such as Ray Kurzweil, who is considered by many to be the godfather of commercial cognitive computing.

Companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft have been building out machine-learning teams that can leverage their investments in vast networks of computers.

The amount of transistors needed to match the number of neurons in a human brain is… read more

CNET | Glassholes: At least you know who they are

March 18, 2014

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Source: CNET — March 16, 2014 | Stephen Shankland

It’s quite possible that ordinary looking glasses, or perhaps jewelry or clothing or Bluetooth earpieces, could have such technology built into it. Maybe it’ll even be in contact lenses or, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanobots in our brains and bloodstream will intercept our own sensory data, process and store it, then communicate directly with our own neurons.

That latter idea is pretty far out, but given how… read more

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