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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.

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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The Futurist | Reinventing humanity: The future of human-machine intelligence

February 3, 2006
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Ray Kurzweil sees a radical evolution of the human species in the next 40 years. The merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.… read more

Ubiquity | ACM Ubiquity interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 11, 2006

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Source: Ubiquity — January 11, 2006 | John Gehl

UBIQUITY: How is the new book doing?

KURZWEIL: Very well. It’s in its fourth printing, and has been number one both in science and in philosophy on Amazon.

UBIQUITY: It’s an amazing, magisterial piece of work.

KURZWEIL: Thanks, I appreciate that.

UBIQUITY: Why don’t you talk a little bit about the notion of “singularity”? Set the premise for us.

KURZWEIL: Sure. It’s actually a complicated premise, but there… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil: The Age of Spiritual Machines

November 23, 2005

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Source: NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 23, 2005 | Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm of National Public Radio talks with Ray Kurzweil about his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. The inventor and futurist talks about the day when humans will transcend their biological roots. Click below to hear the interview.

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