Autoevolution | Google’s Ray Kurzweil says autonomous cars will free us, are linked to immortality and VR

April 22, 2015

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Autoevolution — April 22, 2015 | Mihnea Radu

The words of this inventor and futurist have struck a cord, explaining how the iRobot Audi fits in our future.

Kurzweil believes that by 2022, a $1,000 computer will be able to “emulate all the computation of the brain.”

2022 is when most car companies developing autonomous or semi-autonomous cars will be ready to launch. Kurzweil believes they help reduce the number of people killed in accidents, and… read more

Society of Automotive Engineers | Futurist Kurzweil discusses acceleration of intelligent technology

April 22, 2015

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Society of Automotive Engineers — April 22, 2015 | Kami Buchholz

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees a remarkable century with autonomous vehicles transporting smarter, healthier persons to various destinations.

“We’re already smarter by the fact that we can access all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more intelligent information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago,” said Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering since 2012.… read more

Autoblog | SAE World Congress, futurist predicts massive EV change with microscopic fuel cells

April 21, 2015

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Autoblog — April 21, 2015 | Sebastian Blanco

Ray Kurzweil was the keynote at the 2015 SAE World Congress. His talk was a broad look at biotechnology and exponential growth.

Responding to a question on electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said that batteries have made modest progress, but have not seen the exponential growth that will bring radical transformation yet.

“Nanotech is 10-15 years away,” he said. And the big gains will be “when… read more

The Japan News | Insights into the world, hopes and fears for the future of science

April 20, 2015

The Japan News — April 20, 2015 | Masakazu Yamazaki

The central figure in popularizing futurology is Ray Kurzweil. Despite accepting the biological transformation of humans in the future, Kurzweil does have a strong belief in the basic concept of humans and the human centric philosophy.

As long as Kurzweil observes things about the world outside the human race, he shows no signs of ambiguity. He cites historical facts and data. He has his own views about “who I… read more

Playboy | Playboy interview — Bill Maher

April 14, 2015

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Playboy — April 14, 2015 | David Hochman

David Hochman: You’ve said you don’t believe in heaven or hell, but do you have any quick ideas for your tombstone?

Bill Maher: Yeah. “What was that all about?” I certainly don’t want to be buried. Burn me, cremate me. I don’t want to be worm food or get eaten by maggots. But more than that, I don’t want to die.

I want Ray Kurzweil to come up… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 12, 2015

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Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 11, 2015

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TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]


Financial Times | Breakfast with the Financial Times, Ray Kurzweil

April 10, 2015

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Financial Times — April 10, 2015 | Caroline Daniel

Ray Kurzweil’s work at Google aims at moving search beyond keywords towards more complex ideas.

He offers this example. “I met this girl at a party last night. We only spoke a few words but I felt an instant bond with her. Is that realistic? What does the psychology literature say about this?

“Ultimately, and this is the long term project, it would be like asking a person… read more

Financial Times | Taking on the smart criminals

April 9, 2015

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Financial Times — April 9, 2015 | Emma Jacobs

Marc Goodman works at Singularity University, the private training center in Silicon Valley founded by Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.

Goodman works with astronauts, roboticists and big data scientists to identify the possible dark side of innovation. “Technology is awesome, our future is going to be amazing, but it’s not going to come for free.” [...]

The Daily Beast | How to hack your body to live past 120 – cheating death

April 4, 2015

The Daily Beast — April 4, 2015 | Christian Borys

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says scientists have the opportunity to work on the fundamental structure of the body in the same way that an engineer can develop software.

SENS Research Foundation shares Kurzweil’s optimism about longevity. Kurzweil says breakthroughs will accelerate, “because biotechnologies are doubling in capability each year. They are now a thousand times more powerful than when the genome project completed in 2003, and will be a thousand… read more

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