Star Talk | Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD and futurist Ray Kurzweil on what will happen to our brains and everything else

February 25, 2016

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Business InsiderTech Insider | Astrophysicist and Star Talk show host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD sits down with futurist and author Ray Kurzweil for the first time.

Two of the smartest people in the world on what will happen to our brains and everything else.

Star Talk is a podcast and radio show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD — where comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and… read more

Rolling Stone | When man & machine merge

February 19, 2009

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Rolling Stone — Feb 19, 2009 | David Kushner

Over the past four decades, Ray Kurzweil has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific and influential inventors. His specialty is pattern recognition — teaching machines to classify data and learn. He created the first program to enable computers to read text — the basis of modern scanning — as well as the first program to translate text into speech.… read more

New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity – a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us liveread more

PCWorld | Ray Kurzweil joins Google

December 15, 2012

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PCWorld — Decemeber 15, 2012 | Martyn Williams

Well-known American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joining Google. The 64-year-old, whose work includes computer and machine intelligence, neuroscience and virtual reality, revealed the move on his blog on Friday.

Kurzweil said his work at Google would focus on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. The job begins on Monday, when Kurzweil will take the title Director of Engineering, he wrote.

“I’ve been interested… read more

The News and Observer | Google Now offers glimpse of where the search giant is headed

February 10, 2013

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The News and Observer — February 10, 2013 | Paul Gilster

Google Translate has many languages to work with and plenty of computer horsepower behind it. Thinking about its methods reminds me that Ray Kurzweil has now gone to work for Google. Kurzweil is an Edisonian figure who came up with the first flatbed scanner and the first machine that could read text aloud. He has created music synthesizers and made huge strides in PC speech recognition, the… read more

Wired | Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think

April 1, 2013

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Wired UK’s April issue is out now. Readers can download the April edition at the Wired UK website, featuring the cover story “Live forever and save the world: Ray Kurzweil’s new Singularity University will change how you think.”

“It’s not an accredited university, and it doesn’t actually teach the singularity, the supposed superintelligence that will result when man merges with machine, due (according… read more

TechCrunch | Identified looks to solve social media’s dirty data problem for recruiters with help from former LinkedIn data gurus

May 8, 2013

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TechCrunch — May 8, 2013 | Rip Empson

In other words, knowing that someone wrote “Analyst” as their job title on Facebook might not be of much help when making predictions about their ideal professional career. However, by considering complementary and related data, like their education, company and friend, SYMAN can infer that the person is in fact a “Systems Analyst” at Cloudera.

Comparing biographical, professional and educational data against the career path of… read more

NPR | A man and his machine, finding out what love is

December 19, 2013

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NPR — December 19, 2013 | David Edelstein

Although sci-fi teems with cautionary tales of machines growing smarter than humans and taking over the world, on the basis of Her, I think Jonze yearns on some level for what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls “the singularity,” when machines will take on human characteristics and our minds will be expanded by machines.

Jonze began with what could have been a one-joke idea, and in the course of getting it on… read more

Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 27, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread more

Brisbane Times | Debunking five myths about Google

March 23, 2015

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Brisbane Times — March 23, 2015 | Daniel Lyons

Google has built a research group around AI and machine learning, and even hired renowned AI guru Ray Kurzweil, who believes that by 2045 humans will merge with computers in what’s known as the singularity.

Google’s recent acquisitions speak to its intentions: one of the most advanced AI development shops, plus eight of the world’s best robotics companies. [...]

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