NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

The Georgia Straight | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll replace fossil fuels in 20 years

February 26, 2009

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The Georgia Straight — February 26, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

Ray Kurzweil’s idea of the future has been amazingly accurate. “Within 20 years,” he said, “we’ll have largely replaced fossil fuels.”

As for the waste left behind by old industries, Kurzweil said that information technologies will after we move to environmentally friendly, renewable forms of energy, nanotechnology can clean up environmental impact from industrial technologies.

“We’ll recycle physical products using nanotechnology to reorganize the molecules which are… read more

The Georgia Straight | Ray Kurzweil claims we can engineer human health

February 25, 2009

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The Georgia Straight — February 25, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

“Biology,” Kurzweil said, “is suboptimal than what we can build.”

Now that health is an information technology, Kurzweil said, humans are adding an extra three months to their life expectancy every year.

“At some point in the near future, he claimed, “We’ll be adding a year every year to life expectancy, not just for infants, but for people already alive.” [...]

Rough Type | The avatar of my father

February 16, 2009

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Rough Type — February 16, 2009 | Nicholas Carr

HORATIO: O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.”  The Singularity — the prophesied moment when artificial intelligence leaps ahead of human intelligence, rendering man both obsolete and immortal — has been jokingly called “the rapture of the geeks.” But to Ray Kurzweil, the most famous of the Singularitarians, it’s no joke. In a profile in the current issue of Rolling Stone (not available online), Kurzweil describes how, in the… read more

Singularity Hub | Official Powerpoint from Kurzweil/Diamandis TED Presentation

February 3, 2009

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Singularity Hub — February 3, 2009 | Keith Kleiner

Singularity Hub | Today Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis officially unveiled Singularity University to the world during a presentation at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA.  Kurzweil began the talk with a roughly 6 minute introduction to the concept of the singularity, followed by a 3 minute explanation of Singularity University by Diamandis.  Below is the powerpoint presentation given by Kurzweil and Diamandis [...]

TED | Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

February 1, 2009

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TED — February 2009

TED | Ray Kurzweil‘s latest graphs show that technology’s breakneck advances will only accelerate — recession or not.

He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity. Recorded at TED University 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, CA.

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FutureBlogger | Ray Kurzweil: The Singularity is Not a Religion

November 6, 2008

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FutureBlogger — November 6, 2008 | Alvis Brigis

At Singularity Summit 2008, Future of Gadgets editor John Heylin asked Ray Kurzweil: Do you feel the Singularity has become its own religious movement inside the science community?

Kurzweil began his response by acknowledging that though there are some people who seek the rapture according to their own preferences, that “the idea of the Singularity did not start from religion.” Instead the concept sprang from “over 30 years… read more

The New York Times | The future is now? Pretty soon at least

June 3, 2008

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The New York Times — Jun 3, 2008 | John Tierney

Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried… read more

CNN | The Glenn Beck Program: Interview with Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2008

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CNN — May 30, 2008 | Glenn Beck

The following is a CNN transcript from the episode aired May 30, 2008. To watch the full video click here.

GLENN BECK, CNN HOST: At the age of five, Ray Kurzweil declared himself an inventor. By 17 he was on I’ve Got a Secret with a computer that he had made that now composed its own original music.

In the 1980s, he built… read more

Wired | Futurist Ray Kurzweil pulls out all the stops (and pills) to live to witness the Singularity

March 24, 2008

Wired — Mar 24, 2008 | Gary Wolf

Ray Kurzweil, the famous inventor, is trim, balding, and not very tall. With his perfect posture and narrow black glasses, he would look at home in an old documentary about Cape Canaveral, but his mission is bolder than any mere voyage into space. He is attempting to travel across a frontier in time, to pass through the border between our era and a future so different as to be unrecognizable. He calls this border the singularity. Kurzweil is 60, but he intends to be no more than 40 when the singularity arrives.… read more

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