Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

The Observer | 20 predictions for the next 25 years

January 2, 2011

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The Observer — January 2, 2011 | Richard Jones

[...] Some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, predict that nanotechnology will lead to a revolution, allowing us to make any kind of product for virtually nothing; to have computers so powerful that they will surpass human intelligence; and to lead to a new kind of medicine on a sub-cellular level that will allow us to abolish ageing and death.

I don’t think that Kurzweil’s “technological singularity” — a dream… read more

The McKinsey Quarterly | IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil

January 1, 2011

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The McKinsey Quarterly — January 1, 2011 | Lars Föyen

The inventor, businessman, and author explains how the exponential growth of technologies will transform industries and pose new opportunities  and hurdles for business and society.

Every executive recognizes the fast pace of technological development but grapples with the billion-dollar question: what happens next, and when? Ray Kurzweil has precise answers based on his thesis that information technology will continue to develop exponentially, leading to a not-so-distant future when… read more

New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: Building bridges to immortality

December 27, 2010

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New Scientist — December 27, 2010 | Robert Adler

Make it to the year 2045 and you can live forever, the controversial futurist claims. So how’s his personal quest for immortality going?

For Ray Kurzweil, it’s all about patterns. The ultimate pattern that preoccupies him is the human brain. Kurzweil believes the exponential growth of artificial intelligence, biotechnology and nanotechnology means that before 2050 the full intricacy of his brain — and, he hopes, his… read more

The New York Times | Why do we need predictions? Technology 25 years hence

December 27, 2010

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The New York Times — December 27, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil

Thirty years ago, I realized that timing was the key to success as an inventor. Most inventions fail because the timing is wrong — the innovation needs to make sense for the world that will exist when the project is finished.

Consider how quickly the world changes; just a few years ago, most people didn’t use social networks, wikis or blogs. As an engineer, I gathered a lot of… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil: The Mind and How to Build One

December 21, 2010

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Singularity Hub — December 21, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

Humanity has questions about the development of AI, and for decades Ray Kurzweil has been trying to find the answers.

Those who know the author, futurist, and inventor’s work will be familiar with his beliefs in the exponential growth of information technology, and the inclusion of more technologies into the IT label.

Lately, Kurzweil has become increasingly interested in the human mind, how we may… read more

Big Think | Advances in holographic technology could have far-reaching implications

November 9, 2010

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Big Think — November 9, 2010 | Michio Kaku

Back in July, a team at Tokyo University was one of the first groups to successfully create a system of touchable holograms. If you had a hologram of a small red ball, for example, you could essentially interact with it.

The ball would know when it was near your hand and would appear to bounce off of it. When this technology first made news, it was compared… read more

PC Magazine | VCs Push for ‘Disruptive Innovation’ at GoingGreen

October 13, 2010

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PC Magazine — October 13, 2010 | Michael J. Miller

Two of the best-known venture capital investors spoke at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference this afternoon, with both Steve Jurveston of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures very positive on cleantech investments, but taking very different views on the specifics.

Jurveston talked about how he thought entrepreneurship drives all major changes on the planet. He said two-thirds of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies were founded during a… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

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