Newsweek | Should we be afraid of robots?

February 8, 2015

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Newsweek — February 8, 2015 | Kevin Maney

Elon Musk wants us to start talking about what we do with artificial intelligence. To that end, he’s donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to study ways to make sure AI is beneficial to humanity.

Google has set up an ethics board to keep an eye on its AI work. Futurist Ray Kurzweil writes, “We have a moral imperative to realize AIs promise while controlling the… read more

The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 3, 2014

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The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… read more

The Globe and Mail | How To Create a Mind: Can a marriage between man and machine solve the world’s problems?

February 8, 2013

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The Globe and Mail — February 8, 2013 | Don Tapscott

How do you know when your new book is a success? When Google promptly offers you a plum job as soon as the book is on the stands.

That’s the pleasant turn of events that Ray Kurzweil, 64, is enjoying. His most recent book, his sixth, is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. His new job at Google is director of engineering.… read more

The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

The Washington Post | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 19, 2014

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The Washington Post — September 19, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Luke Ryan Blog | The Singularity — a layman’s view

November 10, 2011

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Luke Ryan Blog — November 10, 2011 | Luke Ryan

Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius named Raymond Kurzweil (below).

Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his… read more

Business InsiderTech Insider | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, here’s the one scientific fact that blows my mind

February 23, 2016

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Business Insider • Tech Insider  | The world’s leading futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t shocked by much. Except for this one thing. Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism, has a strategy on how to prolong his own life — until science figures out how to make us immortal.

But he still can’t wrap his head around this one fact. The futurist is also author… read more

The Grid | Five things we learned at Ray Kurzweil’s immortality lecture

October 24, 2012

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The Grid — October 24, 2012 | Jesse Ship

Smug, nerdy, and in full I-told-ya-so form, inventor Ray Kurzweil expounded to an audience of hipsters, futurists, and mad scientists at the Danforth Music Hall last Thursday night. Kurzweil talked about the future of artificial intelligence and a few topics from his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind. Some of the highlights included:

» What really separates the men from the monkeys: According… read more

The Washington Post | The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

April 23, 2015

The Washington Post — April 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true.

He said by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain.

He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of… read more

NewsFactor Network | Storm rages after Google argues against Gmail privacy

August 14, 2013

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NewsFactor Network — August 14, 2013 | Barry Levine

Google’s understanding of the non-privacy of e-mail applies not only to Gmail users who send e-mail, but also e-mail users on other services that send to Gmail.

Its approach to e-mail is, of course, only the tip of its non-privacy iceberg. The company has made it very clear that it intends to know what users want before they do, as its director of engineering Ray Kurzweil… read more

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