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The Wall Street Journal | Weekend Confidential: Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — May 30, 2014 | Alexandra Wolfe

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read. Next will be the singularity — a term he popularized for the point at which humans and computers will merge.

In 2045, he predicts, human intelligence will be enhanced a billion fold, thanks to high tech brain extensions. As a director of engineering at Google, Mr. Kurzweil is working on getting machines to understand “natural” language. Computers aren’t as good… read more

The Vancouver Sun | Album of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

May 28, 2014

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Source: The Vancouver Sun — May 27, 2014 | Francois Marchand

The track climaxes in club-worthy apotheosis and leads directly into the fantastic titular number “Do It Again,” a bombastic anthem where Robyn sings, “Don’t care what they say. It hurts so good.”

This is where the symbiosis between Royksopp and Robyn conjures the idea that Ray Kurzweil’s singularity is really upon us. [...]

Guardian Liberty Voice | Gennady Stolyarov on transhumanism, Google Glass, Kurzweil and singularity

May 28, 2014

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — May 22, 2014 | Rebecca Savastio

We also asked Stolyarov about Google Glass and chief engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil. Stolyarov gave tremendous insight into these issues and more. Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is a transhumanist. He is working toward the Singularity and the day when computers become smarter than people.

There has not been a single technology in recent history that has remained an exclusive preserve of the wealthy, even though many technologies started… read more

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 28, 2014

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Source: Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

TED | TED Brain Trust

May 24, 2014

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TED | TED Brain Trust: The following members of the TED community serve as a valued source of advice on issues of importance to TED’s future.

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Tampa Bay Times | Future of retail may include cell phones among blood cells

May 16, 2014

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Source: Tampa Bay Times — April 24, 2010 | Mark Albright

A shopping trip in the not-so-distant future promises to be a virtual reality version of a fully stocked store projected in 3D from eyeglasses to your retina.

“The cell phone is the gateway to everything. In 10 years it will be embedded in your belt,” said futurist Ray Kurzweil.

That was one of many predictions served up to chief marketing officers from 40 major retailers at a… read more

CNN | CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man episode “Futurism” featuring Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD

April 28, 2014

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Source: CNN — March 24, 2014

CNN | CNN original series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, hosted and produced by the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, launched its second season on CNN on April 13, 2014.

The second episode, “Futurism,” featured Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, MD. The program, which was recently honored with an award for “best limited series” by the International Documentary Association, premiered in 2013 on CNN.

Each week, Spurlock will immerse… read more

Maximum Life Foundation | Extreme longevity goes mainstream

April 22, 2014

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Source: Maximum Life Foundation — April 22, 2014 | David Kekich

In case you missed it, CNN’s Inside Man documentary series ran a segment on April 20, 2014 titled “The Future.” And the “future” topic for this show was nothing less than extreme life extension.

The big takeaway from this program was you don’t need to be an immortality seeker to both enjoy it and benefit from it. It covered the gamut from a complete longevity workup followed by… read more

InfoWorld | Can artificial intelligence save Windows Phones?

April 3, 2014

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Source: InfoWorld — September 13, 2013 | Robert X. Cringely

Microsoft is preparing an answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now called Cortana that may appear on Windows phones as early as next year.

So the question becomes: Is Cortana just a code name, or is Microsoft going all in on an AI assistant that looks and acts like Halo’s Cortana? Heck, Ray Kurzweil has Ramona. Why not? [...]

Daily Mail | Now that’s smart technology: Computer teaches another to play Pac-Man and the student bot eventually beats the teacher

April 3, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — April 2, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths

Computers will soon be able to learn from experience, tell jokes and even flirt, according to Ray Kurzweil, the company’s artificial intelligence expert.

The 66-year-old entrepreneur and futureologist, who predicted the rise of the internet and that a world chess champion would one day be beaten by a computer, has said machines will outsmart their makers by 2029.

In an interview with The Observer, he said, “Myread more

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