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

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Do you need a futurist? Ray Kurzweil says yes

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Ray KurzweilGoogle Inc.’s director of engineering, took the stage at NASA’s research park at Moffett Field and the crowd fell silent. They’d been waiting all week at Singularity University’s FutureMed conference in Mountain View to hear the storied futurist-inventor-author speak. Finally, the slight, bespectacled Kurzweil launched in, telling the history of Silicon Valley’s role in the exponential advance of innovation in his heavy New York… read more

The New York Times | Ray Kurzweil says we’re going to live forever

January 25, 2013

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The New York Times — January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on… read more

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 8, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our breakthroughs series.

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Investment Watch Blog | Kurzweil’s ‘Singularity’ makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest

March 28, 2012

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Investment Watch Blog — March 28, 2012

The famed futurist Ray Kurzweil’s “Singularity” makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest. Kurzweil postualtes that somewhere around the middle of this century, Artificial Intelligence will have progressed to the point that it exceeds human intelligence. Additionaly, the AI will be able to improve itself at exponential speeds. Thus, huge advances in technology will be (are, in fact) happening at exponentially increasing speeds.

The energy crisis will be… read more

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

October 22, 2013

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Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Will Google’s Ray Kurzweil live forever?

April 12, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — April 12, 2013 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

In 15 years, the famous inventor expects medical technology will add a year of life expectancy every year. Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

This is a trick question. Mr. Kurzweil famously hopes an obituary won’t be necessary. And in the event of his unexpected demise, he is widely reported to have signed… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | End of aging within reach, experts say

August 5, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 5, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Most forward-thinking scientists believe the goal to end aging is technologically achievable, and it could be reached in time to benefit many people alive today. “I am working on immortality,” says UC Irvine’s Michael Rose, who has achieved breakthrough results extending the lives of fruit flies.

“There are many components of aging and we are chipping away at all of them,” added Robert… read more

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