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CNET News | Tech visionary gets inventor prize

April 25, 2001

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Source: CNET News — April 25, 2001 | Charles Cooper

The Lemelson-MIT prize, presented to Ray Kurzweil in Washington, D.C., recognizes his 35-year track record inventing technologies in areas as diverse as pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and speech reading.

The Lemelson Foundation | 2001 Lemelson-MIT Award video

April 24, 2001

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Source: The Lemelson Foundation — April 24, 2001

On April 24, 2001, Raymond Kurzweil was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT prize for invention and innovation. See the video retrospective of his career and his acceptance speech, with a surprise from Stevie Wonder.

The Lemelson Foundation | A futurist and pioneer of pattern recognition technologies, Raymond Kurzweil has enriched our society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the… read more

Nerdworld.com | Nerd of the Week: Ray Kurzweil

November 6, 2000

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Source: Nerdworld.com — November 6, 2000 | Morgan Michaels

NW: How did your Nerd Life evolve?

RK: By the age of five I was convinced I would be a scientist/inventor. I always knew what I was going to be. I got involved in projects [that] grabbed my imagination and that usually winded up being a lot more complicated than originally anticipated. At the age of seven or eight, I built a puppet theater that had mechanical systems that changed the scenery. I got involved with computers at about the age of twelve. I built some computer like devices with electrical parts I would buy down on Canal Street in New York. You could buy these telephone relays that were primary electrical devices I could use to implement logical circuits.… read more

Wired | Kurzweil: Rooting for the machine

November 3, 2000

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Source: Wired — November 3, 2000 | Declan McCullagh

Raymond Kurzweil doesn’t merely predict that machine intelligence will surpass human brains by the end of the century. He’s eagerly anticipating it. In a Kurzweillian future, the world would become a very strange place, where converging advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology and computer science combine to propel humanity to its next stage of evolution.

“By the end of this century, I don’t think there will be a… read more

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: ‘By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments’

October 9, 2000

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Source: Fortune — October 9, 2000 | David Kirkpatrick

“By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments.” Speech technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines. He was interviewed by David Kirkpatrick.

A very important aspect of the future is going to be virtual reality — our ability to relate with each other in new ways, much more intimate ways, facilitated by technology. We’ve had one form… read more

CNET News | Tech Pioneer Kurzweil Sees Grand Digital Future

June 29, 2000

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Source: CNET News — June 29, 2000 | Stephen Shankland

Kurzweil predicted a future in which human brains will be teeming with robots that can augment intelligence and transport people into virtual reality realms or enable people to back up their own childhood memories.

BusinessWeek | The future according to Ray Kurzweil

June 29, 2000

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Source: BusinessWeek — June 29, 2000 | Alex Salkever

The visionary and author tells PC Expo-goers to expect mind-shattering, exponential development in computing and other tech fields and includes advice for Alan Greenspan. Ray Kurzweil’s recent book The Age of Spiritual Machines looked far into the future, when electronic devices may think, act, and even feel emotions the way humans do. And true to form, the technologist and renowned visionary cut a wide swath across history in a Thursday… read more

The Standard | Reading, writing and robots

May 15, 2000

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Source: The Standard — May 15, 2000 | Steffan Heuer

The research community keeps coming up with tangible results to support [Ray Kurzweil's] outlandish claims, from respected labs at MIT and Yale to startups like Molecular Electronics in Chicago and the nano-adventures at Texas-based Zyvex.

News stories about DNA-based computing, next-generation chips grown in petri dishes and molecule-size nanorobots built from carbon atoms are in the headlines just as the race to decipher the human genome is drawing… read more

Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Source: Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.… read more

TechTV | Ray Kurzweil: Computers to live within the human body

February 14, 2000

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Source: TechTV — February 14, 2000 | Leslie Katz

Will computers surpass the human brain? Ray Kurzweil thinks so. Judging by the accuracy of his past predictions, this one will come true, too. Kurzweil is responsible for inventing, among other things, the first voice-recognition software to turn simple words into text. But he is also known for presaging the rise of the Internet and the widespread use of synthesizers to create commercial music. His prediction that the world’s top… read more

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