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FutureBlogger | Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Not a Religion

November 6, 2008

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Source: FutureBlogger — November 6, 2008 | Alvis Brigis

At Singularity Summit 2008, Future of Gadgets editor John Heylin asked Ray Kurzweil: Do you feel the Singularity has become its own religious movement inside the science community?

Kurzweil began his response by acknowledging that though there are some people who seek the rapture according to their own preferences, that “the idea of the Singularity did not start from religion.” Instead the concept sprang from “over 30 years… read more

The New York Times | The future is now? Pretty soon at least

June 3, 2008

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Source: The New York Times — Jun 3, 2008 | John Tierney

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried… read more

CNN | The Glenn Beck Program: Interview with Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2008

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Source: CNN — May 30, 2008 | Glenn Beck

The following is a CNN transcript from the episode aired May 30, 2008. To watch the full video click here.

GLENN BECK, CNN HOST: At the age of five, Ray Kurzweil declared himself an inventor. By 17 he was on I’ve Got a Secret with a computer that he had made that now composed its own original music.

In the 1980s, he built… read more

Wired | Futurist Ray Kurzweil pulls out all the stops (and pills) to live to witness the Singularity

March 24, 2008

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Source: Wired — Mar 24, 2008 | Gary Wolf

Ray Kurzweil, the famous inventor, is trim, balding, and not very tall. With his perfect posture and narrow black glasses, he would look at home in an old documentary about Cape Canaveral, but his mission is bolder than any mere voyage into space. He is attempting to travel across a frontier in time, to pass through the border between our era and a future so different as to be unrecognizable. He calls this border the singularity. Kurzweil is 60, but he intends to be no more than 40 when the singularity arrives.… read more

LiveScience | Solar power to rule in 20 years, futurists say

February 19, 2008

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Source: LiveScience — February 19, 2008 | Robin Lloyd

[...] Ray Kurzweil is part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth’s people in 20 years. There is 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as the field of solar energy is going to… read more

TED | 14 ways to fix the future

February 16, 2008

Source: TED — February 16, 2008

TED | The National Academies’ “Grand Challenges for Engineering” list, released yesterday, runs down the 14 most pressing issues we must face in the 21st century.

Creating access to clean water, restoring our cities, engineering new medicines and new ways of providing care — the list is vast and inspiring. Look on the Next Steps area to find out where we can go from here.… read more

The Times | Get ready for a scary new world of life-enriching robot implants

February 16, 2008

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Source: The Times — February 16, 2008 | Mark Henderson

The advances are so rapid that one inventor says that humanity will be transformed by 2050. Our correspondent reports from the American Association conference in Boston. Artificial intelligence will match the human intellect within a couple of decades, according to an inventor who predicts a technological revolution in which intelligent “nano-robots” work inside the body to stave off ageing and enhance the capacity of our minds.

Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

Vision | And they all lived technologically ever after

May 2, 2007

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Source: Vision — Spring 2007 issue | David F. Lloyd

American inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil submits that humans are on the brink of transcending their biology. He reminds his readers that in his 1998 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, he was already envisioning the nature of human life “past the point when machine and human cognition blurred.”

With great emphasis, he notes in his latest book that when experts from various disciplines estimate where we will be… read more

Alex Barnett Blog | Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 Singularity session inspired by Kurzweil

November 16, 2006

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Source: Alex Barnett Blog — November, 2006 | Alex Barnett

I love Mind Camp. When I’m asked what Mind Camp is I answer that it is whatever you want to make it. (more on the unconference format here).

When I arrived on Saturday morning I browsed the sessions that other attendees had proposed and there were a number that I wanted to attend.

I popped out to get a coffee from Starbucks and on the… read more

IT Conversations & Tech Nation | Podcast: Will biotech save us or hurt us? Ray Kurzweil debates Susan Greenfield at BioAgenda Summit 2006

March 28, 2006

Source: IT Conversations & Tech Nation — March 28, 2006 | Moira Gunn

IT Conversations | As part of the recent BioAgenda Summit 2006, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, debates Ray Kurzweil, one of America’s most prolific inventors and a futuristic thinker in his own right.

Their topic? One of the burning questions of our time: Will biotechnology save us? Or hurt us? The answers are nuanced, and they often don’t agree. We’ll find out how… read more

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