Foreign Policy | The FP top 100 global thinkers

November 30, 2009

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Foreign Policy — November 30, 2009

From the brains behind Iran’s Green Revolution to the economic Cassandra who actually did have a crystal ball, they had the big ideas that shaped our world in 2009. Read on to see the 100 minds that mattered most in the year that was.

71. Ray Kurzweil — for advancing the technology of eternal life.

FUTURIST | NORTH ANDOVER, MASS.

By 2045, the differences… read more

The Economist | The Economist’s Innovation Award for Computing and Telecommunications given to pioneer Raymond Kurzweil

October 13, 2009

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The Economist — October 13, 2009

[...] The Economist is delighted to recognise Raymond Kurzweil, founder of Kurzweil Computer Products and Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, as this year’s winner in the category Computing and Telecommunications.

Previous winners in this category include Matti Makkonen, former Executive Vice Pesident, Sonera, for his work on Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging, and Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion, for the development of the BlackBerry mobile… read more

Forbes | Calling all transhumanists

October 2, 2009

Forbes — October 2, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

The Singularity is not yet here, but its annual conference is, uniting futurists and their man-machine dreams. Technology futurists love to talk about the Singularity as the point in time when technology starts to progress so rapidly that machine intelligence melds with and surpasses human intelligence. It is to futurists what the Rapture is to fundamentalist Christians.… read more

BBC News | Where tech and philosophy collide

August 12, 2009

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BBC News — August 12, 2009 | Iain Mackenzie

Critics of transhumanism say it will lead to a world where the wealthy have access to life extending and enhancing innovations, while the poor languish with unmodified, “Mark 1″ human bodies….Technology is affordable only by the wealthy when it doesn’t work very well,” counters Ray Kurzweil. “By the time it is perfected it ends up being extremely inexpensive.

Consider mobile phones; only the wealthy could afford them when they… read more

BoingBoing | Imaginary Foundation’s “All-Star Pattern Seeker” trading cards

August 10, 2009

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BoingBoing — August 10, 2009 | David Pescovitz

“All-Star Pattern Seeker Trading Cards pay tribute to 23 giants of pattern recognition — pathfinders and ideanauts whose shadows loom large across three millennia of discovery.” — Imaginary Foundation

The Science Channel | Brink episode 20: Artificial Intelligence

July 13, 2009

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Artificial Intelligence: Josh Zepps looks into robots that can learn. Meet your future digital assistant, “Laura.” She has “intelligent” sensing components, including facial recognition and speech recognition. Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talks about advances in Artificial Intelligence and the challenges and dangers of robot intelligence. Rhett & Link fall in love with a robot.

Voice of America | Inventing the Future

June 24, 2009

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Voice of America — Jun 24, 2009 | Erin Brummett

Welcome to T2A Chat as we meet one of the world’s leading inventors, Ray Kurzweil. He was principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray joins us from Boston, Massachusetts.

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

io9 | Can Ray Kurzweil’s rosy predictions stand up to fact-checking?

June 1, 2009

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io9 — June 1, 2009 | Charlie Jane Anders

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible… One of Kurzweil’s arguments in his defense: he predicted the Internet would “take off” in the late 1980s, when few people believed that.

(Actually, a lot of college campuses and even some high schools were actively on the net in the late 1980s, and you already had networks of FTP sites and Gophers and so on.) On the… read more

Forbes | Two hundred and fifty pills to immortality

May 27, 2009

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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