TED | What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

At TED 2014, we challenged attendees to vote on 10 potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The range of opinions was vast and intriguing.

And what do you think? See how your thoughts match up with the rest of the TED community. Below, some relevant quotes from TED Talks. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | What the singularity will mean at the office

February 6, 2014

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The Wall Street Journal — February 6, 2014 | Rachael King

According to Ray Kurzweil, within the next few decades the accelerating pace of technological development could create intelligent machines and alter our relationship with technology.

In science fiction the future is often depicted as a dystopian future where robots become self-aware and take over the world. Usually there’s a handful of people fighting for the survival of the human race. [...]

Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more

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TED | What might the future hold? Predictions at TED 1984 to 2014

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

TED | Predictions are a mug’s game. Nonetheless, many TED speakers have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like.

This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Forbes | What it’s like to be a student at Singularity University, an insider’s story

June 10, 2013

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Forbes — June 10, 2013

I first heard about Singularity University from a friend who was a student in the very first SU cohort. He told me that being at SU changed his outlook on life. I was not surprised as I was a big fan of Ray Kurzweil’s (co-founder of SU) books and they had a similar effect on my life.

It is because of Kurzweil’s writing on intelligent machines… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… read more

The Blaze | What happens when machine overtakes man?

November 19, 2013

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The Blaze — November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

As listeners may know, Glenn Beck believes strongly in Ray Kurzweil’s work and the concept of Singularity. Kurzweil argued that this convergence, resulting in Singularity, would occur due to exponential increases in technology, which would develop at faster and faster rates over time under the Law of Accelerating Returns.

Glenn has argued that technological advances will be so rapid and jarring that the results will often be unpredictable,… read more

The Washington Post | We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

July 21, 2014

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The Washington Post — July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

In The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate with futurist Ray Kurzweil about the jobless future.

In his debate with me, Kurzweil said: “Automation always eliminates more jobs than it creates if you only look at the circumstances narrowly surrounding the automation. That’s what the Luddites saw in the early 19th century in the textile industry in England. The new jobs came from… read more

Daily Mail | We’ll be uploading our entire minds to computers by 2045 and our bodies will be replaced by machines within 90 years, Google expert claims

June 19, 2013

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Daily Mail — June 19, 2013 | Victoria Woollaston

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, believes we will be able to upload our entire brains to computers within the next 32 years, an event known as singularity.

Our fragile human body parts will be replaced by machines by the turn of the century. And if these predictions comes true, it could make humans immortal.

In just over 30 years, humans will be able… read more

The Telegraph | Welcome to the university of the future

August 24, 2014

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The Telegraph — August 24, 2014 | Josie Ensor

Singularity University gets its name from the theory of singularity — written about by its co-founder Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist — the inevitable moment when machines will surpass human intelligence

Its faculty is unparalleled. One of the partners, Ray Kurzweil, is a computer scientist, futurist, chief engineer at Google and author of a book on artificial intelligence called The Singularity Is Near. [...]

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