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Mashable | Why Her is the best movie ever made about the singularity

January 16, 2014

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Source: Mashable — January 15, 2014 | Adario Strange

Popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge as well as inventor and now Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, the singularity is a theoretical point in future history when artificial intelligences exceed the power of the human mind, become self-aware and dramatically change the balance of power on the planet while simultaneously transforming the very nature of humanity itself.

Google recently doubled down on the idea of using… read more

Maximum Life Foundation | Extreme longevity goes mainstream

April 22, 2014

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Source: Maximum Life Foundation — April 22, 2014 | David Kekich

In case you missed it, CNN’s Inside Man documentary series ran a segment on April 20, 2014 titled “The Future.” And the “future” topic for this show was nothing less than extreme life extension.

The big takeaway from this program was you don’t need to be an immortality seeker to both enjoy it and benefit from it. It covered the gamut from a complete longevity workup followed by… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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Source: NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil’s next book: creating an artificial mind

May 26, 2010

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Source: Singularity Hub — May 26, 2010 | Aaron Saenz

Ray Kurzweil is working on another book, this one to explore the principles of human level intelligence in machines.

Titled How the Mind Works and How to Build One, the new book will explore all the amazing developments in reverse engineering the brain that have come along since his last book, the Singularity is Near was released in 2005.

Whether or not you… read more

Time | Ray Kurzweil final rank #30 in the Time Readers’ Choice Poll for the most influential people of 2011

April 21, 2011

Source: Time — April 21, 2011

Time has announced its 2011 Readers’ Choice 100 Poll. It asks readers to “cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world.” The Top 100 results are included in the annual “Time 100” special edition. Ray Kurzweil’s final rank is #30, just below Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. You can see the complete final poll results here.

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PC Magazine | Ray Kurzweil debunks exponential returns doubters at SXSW

March 12, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — March 12, 2012 | Dan Costa

As you would expect, this kind of optimism draws a lot of fire from more pessimistic, perhaps more realistic, critics. On Monday at SXSW, Kurzweil took on the skeptics with an array of historical charts, future forecasts, and the simple belief that “you can start world-changing revolution with just the power of your ideas and everyday tools.”

The cornerstone to many of Kurzweil’s predictions is the… read more

Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Source: Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Source: Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 21, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

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