March 8, 2013
The Financial Times — March 8, 2013 | Leo Robson
Futurology will always be a mug’s game – of course, I could be wrong – but for changing reasons. Imagination used to leave science behind, now it’s the other way around. The columnist and scriptwriter Charlie Brooker recently found to his irritation that a “digital afterlife” idea he had used in his TV series Black Mirror was not as “fanciful” as he had thought.
Having ignored to his… read more
PolicyMic — April 29, 2013 | Michael McCutcheon
Ray Kurzweil is a best-selling author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”
PolicyMic editor Michael McCutcheon recently spoke with Ray Kurzweil about how technology and artificial intelligence can and should be used to address climate change and save the planet.… read more
New England Cable News — May 31, 2013 | David Segal
Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and now Google’s director of engineering, argued in The Singularity Is Near, a 2005 book, that technology is advancing exponentially and that “human life will be irreversibly transformed” to the point that there will be no difference between “human and machine or between physical… read more
December 18, 2013
Ion Cinema — December 18, 2013 | Jordan M. Smith
As with the larger whole of his work, Jonze challenges our notions of consciousness and embodiment through the naive notion of fantasy, but this time he takes pains to tie down Theodore’s romance with a technologically plausible narrative that sees Ray Kurzweil’s singularity coming steadily nearer.
Despite the ever-prevalence of tech and disconnection between people, Her is a powerful work of emotionally driven cinema. [...]
The Verge — February 18, 2014 | Aaron Souppouris
In a blog post, the author, who joined Google in 2012, discusses the feasibility of Her‘s AI, concluding that companions with a similar capacity to Samantha could become reality within 15 years. [...]
May 22, 2014
Guardian Liberty Voice — May 22, 2014 | Rebecca Savastio
We also asked Stolyarov about Google Glass and chief engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil. Stolyarov gave tremendous insight into these issues and more. Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is a transhumanist. He is working toward the Singularity and the day when computers become smarter than people.
There has not been a single technology in recent history that has remained an exclusive preserve of the wealthy, even though many technologies started… read more
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April 25, 2015
Esquire — April 25, 2015 | Matt Patches
Science fiction film Ex Machina director Alex Garland says he’s discovered a digital spirituality researching artificial intelligence.
Uploading consciousness into a computer is an incentive for financing this stuff. This is one of Google Director of Engineering and leading AI researcher Ray Kurzweil’s pervading points.
Kurzweil believes that by 2050, scientists could create new virtual bodies with nanobots allowing consciousnesses to escape death. Kurzweil said, “My plan is… read more
August 27, 2015
Genius — August 1, 2015
about | What is Genius online? Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. Your interactive guide to human culture.
Genius layers answers to questions over the text itself, enabling you to answer them as you read. Whenever you’re interested in a passage, you can click it to read an annotation that explains in plain language what you’re reading and why it’s important.
How… read more
PBS News Hour — March 24, 2016
video | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on improving & extending human life forever
Watch the interview from PBS News Hour special series Brief but Spectacular.
PBS | What if we could overcome disease and aging to extend our lives indefinitely? Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil says that’s a reality that’s coming soon. He sees living forever in our future. Kurzweil reflects on the exponential growth of technology and… read more