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Rough Type | The avatar of my father

February 16, 2009

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Source: Rough Type — February 16, 2009 | Nicholas Carr

HORATIO: O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.”  The Singularity — the prophesied moment when artificial intelligence leaps ahead of human intelligence, rendering man both obsolete and immortal — has been jokingly called “the rapture of the geeks.” But to Ray Kurzweil, the most famous of the Singularitarians, it’s no joke. In a profile in the current issue of Rolling Stone (not available online), Kurzweil describes how, in the… read more

Rolling Stone | When man & machine merge

February 19, 2009

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Source: 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

University of Advancing Technology | Futurist Ray Kurzweil named as 2009 inductee into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking

February 19, 2009

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Source: University of Advancing Technology — February 19, 2009 | Robert Marshall

The Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking has named Ray Kurzweil, renowned technology futurist, inventor and entrepreneur, as its 2009 inductee. Mr. Kurzweil will appear on campus at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to receive the honor at the Da Vinci Society’s annual luncheon and colloquium.

The Da Vinci Society was founded in 2005 by UAT President Dominic Pistillo to honor the world’s leading… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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Source: NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Vice | Ray Kurzweil — that Singularity guy

April 14, 2009

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Source: Vice — April 14, 2009 | Rocco Castoro

In the year 2050, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanoscopic robots will be zooming throughout our capillaries, transforming us into nonbiological humans.

We will be able to absorb and retain the entirety of the universe’s knowledge, eat as much as we want without gaining weight, shape-shift into just about any physical form imaginable, live free from disease, and die at the time of our choosing.

All of this will be thrust on us… read more

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

May 6, 2009

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Source: 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

New Scientist | A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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Source: 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 live long enough to… read more

Newsweek | I, Robot

May 16, 2009

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Source: Newsweek — May 16, 2009 | Daniel Lyons

Ray Kurzweil’s wildest dream is to be turned into a cyborg — a flesh-and-blood human enhanced with tiny embedded computers, a man-machine hybrid with billions of microscopic nanobots coursing through his bloodstream.… read more

New York Times | The Coming Superbrain

May 23, 2009

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Source: New York Times — May 23, 2009 | John Markoff

Several years ago the artificial-intelligence pioneer Raymond Kurzweil took the idea one step further in his 2005 book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.” He sought to expand Moore’s Law to encompass more than just processing power and to simultaneously predict with great precision the arrival of post-human evolution, which he said would occur in 2045.… read more

Forbes | Two hundred and fifty pills to immortality

May 27, 2009

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Source: Forbes — May 27, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

So you want to live forever? Ray Kurzweil will tell you how. The life and work of the futurist and inventor was the subject of a film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man. When he was in his early 20s, Kurzweil watched his father lose a battle with heart disease. The experience spurred his deeply rooted desire to conquer death. He’s received White… read more

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