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The New York Times | A revolution in money

April 3, 2014

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Source: The New York Times — April 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin

“Money is a very interesting philosophical idea in that we have all of humanity agreeing on this system,” said Ray Kurzweil. “So even though we may radically disagree on some things — like let’s say the U.S. government and Al Qaeda — they both respect money. So it’s remarkable how we have this universal respect for this very esoteric virtual construct.”

Mr. Kurzweil is not sure how easy… read 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

New Books in Brief | A summary of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

November 27, 2012

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Source: New Books in Brief — November 27, 2012

When IBM’s Deep Blue defeated humanity’s greatest chess player Gary Kasparov in 1997 it marked a major turning point in the progress of artificial intelligence (AI). A still more impressive turning point in AI was achieved in 2011 when another creation of IBM named Watson defeated Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at their own game.

As time marches on and technology advances we can easily envision… read more

The New Zealand Herald | A taste of what’s to come from smartphones

December 27, 2013

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Source: The New Zealand Herald — December 28, 2013 | Rhodri Marsden

Few of us can conceive of the pace with which technological power is developing.

Ray Kurzweil (author, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google) predicts that by 2025 we’ll have a computer which has the processing power of the human brain, and by 2045 it’ll have the processing power of six billion brains — i.e., everyone on the planet. [...]

USA Today | A.I. expert Ray Kurzweil picks computer in “Jeopardy!” match

February 9, 2011

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Source: USA Today — February 9, 2011 | Sam Meddis

When the IBM computer called “Watson” faces off against past “Jeopardy” champs on Monday (February 14,2011), no one will be watching more intently than inventor Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority on the future of artificial intelligence. Based on his calculations of the accelerating rate of growth of computing power, Kurzweil in the 1980s predicted that a computer would defeat a… read more

Wired | Aaron: Art from the machine

May 12, 2001

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Source: Wired — May 12, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil has sponsored the premiere of the first excursion into computational art in history.… read more

ABC News talks to Ray Kurzweil

May 12, 2012

ABC News talks to Ray Kurzweil about how the technology that he has predicted in the books that he has published will dramatically change the world’s views on life and death.

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Ubiquity | ACM Ubiquity interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 11, 2006

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Source: Ubiquity — January 11, 2006 | John Gehl

UBIQUITY: How is the new book doing?

KURZWEIL: Very well. It’s in its fourth printing, and has been number one both in science and in philosophy on Amazon.

UBIQUITY: It’s an amazing, magisterial piece of work.

KURZWEIL: Thanks, I appreciate that.

UBIQUITY: Why don’t you talk a little bit about the notion of “singularity”? Set the premise for us.

KURZWEIL: Sure. It’s actually a complicated premise, but there… read more

Big Think | Advances in holographic technology could have far-reaching implications

November 9, 2010

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Source: Big Think — November 9, 2010 | Michio Kaku

Back in July, a team at Tokyo University was one of the first groups to successfully create a system of touchable holograms. If you had a hologram of a small red ball, for example, you could essentially interact with it.

The ball would know when it was near your hand and would appear to bounce off of it. When this technology first made news, it was compared… read more

Wired | AI systems will prove useful long before they become self aware

August 29, 2014

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Source: Wired — August 15, 2014 | Tephen F. De Angelis

Ray Kurzweil, a leading proponent of the search for a sentient computer system notes, “IBM’s Watson is not quite at human levels in its ability to understand human language.

“If it were, we would be at the Turing test level now. Yet it was able to defeat the best humans in the game show Jeopardy! This is because of the inherent speed and reliability of memory that computers… read more

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