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Yahoo | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s mastermind director of engineering

January 21, 2014

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Source: Yahoo — January 3, 2014 | Elliot Feldman

Some have compared his impact on the world of modern technology to Thomas Edison’s impact on his time and beyond.

Kurzweil had a life-changing meeting with Larry Page where he discussed his “dream” of building an artificially intelligent computer.

Page replied, “Why don’t you do it here?” Kurzweil accepted the new position, stating, “You’ve got around a billion people who use Google. If I can contribute… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: Your brain in the cloud

February 10, 2013

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Source: Big Think — February 10, 2013 | Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Transcript | Ray Kurzweil: Sometimes people think that emotion and art are sort of sideshows to human intelligence and the real essence of intelligence is thinking logically. If that were true, computers are already smarter than we are because they’re much better at logical thinking than we are. It’s actually things like being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment; maybe in a poem or in… read more

Haaretz | Technology will never replace memory, says Israeli Guinness record holder

August 25, 2013

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Source: Haaretz — August 8, 2013 | Ayelett Shani

Writer and lecturer Eran Katz holds the record for memory exercises. In his new book, he explains how simple techniques can make us all memory whizzes.

Doesn’t technological progress make all those techniques superfluous? Is there still any significance to memorization? Are you familiar with the argument of futurist Ray Kurzweil? He claims we no longer have any need for memory based on memorization. But in the… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Source: Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 30, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

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 as 2100. [...]

CNET | A look into the mind-bending Google Glass of 2029

August 15, 2013

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Source: CNET — August 15, 2013 | Dan Farber

While Kurzweil and Google have moon shot ambitions for the future of Glass, it will enter a mode of incremental improvements over the next half decade. Smartphones over the last five years have become far more capable, powerful and popular each year, following the cadence of Moore’s law, but there has been no quantum leap.

Over the next few years, Glass also faces a tougher adoption… read more

PR Newswire | Stratecast predictions 2014 the year ahead and a look back

January 31, 2014

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Source: PR Newswire — January 13, 2014

With the acceleration of change, the uncertainty that once characterized the far future is coming to characterize the near future.

Some futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, are convinced that, by the year 2020, the rate of change will be so great that human minds will be incapable of encompassing or understanding it. It is true that this accelerating change dynamic continues to influence the telecommunications market in ways that… read more

The New York Times | Science chronicle Last Ape Standing by Chip Walter, and more: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

May 3, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — May 3, 2013 | Christine Kenneally

The New York Times Sunday Book Review | How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, may be best known as a polymath inventor and futurist, but he’s really a cyborg sent back from the year 2029 to save humanity from the nature-nurture debate.

His mission is not to provide a final score… read more

News with Views | World future 2013

August 26, 2013

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Source: News with Views — August 13, 2013 | Debra Rae

The next horizon: director of engineering at Google, Raymond Kurzweil is a brilliant American inventor, evolutionary futurist, and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), The Singularity Is Near (2006), How to Create a Mind (2012), and more.

Through his “Edges of Life Lecture Series” at the College of Science (University of Arizona), Kurzweil characterizes information processes of technology as being quite predictable.

Correspondingly,… read more

Forbes | Should we fear the rise of the robots?

May 4, 2013

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Source: Forbes — May 4, 2013 | Greg Satell

In the Terminator series, John Connor and his mother fight to prevent Judgement Day, the moment when the computer system Skynet becomes self aware, decides humans are a threat and moves to wipe us out.

In the real world, we have our own version of Judgement Day called the Singularity and many can’t wait for it to come. Like in the Terminator, it is the moment when computers take over, but… read more

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