National Inventors Hall of Fame | Kurzweil Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2002

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National Inventors Hall of Fame — May 16, 2002

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 16, 2002. He was recognized for the invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine and other significant inventions.

Father of the Kurzweil Reading Machine Helped the Blind While Reshaping Information Technology for the World

Imagine enabling the blind to “read” ordinary printed materials, along the way pioneering information technologies that profoundly impact how the world processes information for decades to come.

USA Today | Kurzweil morphs into rockin Ramona

February 8, 2002

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USA Today — February 8, 2002 | Janet Kornblum

Ray Kurzweil has done many amazing things in his life. He invented the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, wrote acclaimed books such as The Age of Spiritual Machines, and is credited with being one of our leading visionaries of our time.

His next venture? Rock stardom, dude. Specifically, he’s morphing into his 25 year old alter ego Ramona, a virtual performer who sports hip huggers and sings Jefferson… read more

USA Today | Artificial Intelligence igniting the spark of intelligence

February 6, 2002

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USA Today — February 6, 2002 | Eric Auchard

Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film Artificial Intelligence is set to renew a long-running, centuries old, debate about mechanical brains and whether they ever may become superior to the human mind. Robots are sure to be humanized the same way space aliens were made into huggable, home sick little people in his epic ET. “He is the first robotic child, programmed to love” runs the new film’s advertising promotion.

Life like robots are everywhere —… read more

Ray Kurzweil Q&A with Darwin Magazine

December 3, 2001 by Ray Kurzweil

Machine consciousness is the subject of this dialog with Darwin Magazine.… read more

Wired | Kurzweil’s law

November 6, 2001

Wired — April 2001 | Paul Boutin

Change is accelerating. And so is the acceleration. Say good-bye to the future as we know it.… read more

NPR "Talk of the Nation" | New defense technologies, operating system update

November 2, 2001

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NPR "Talk of the Nation" — November 2, 2001

What new technologies will be developed to defeat terrorism? Ray Kurzweil, David Pogue and Nate Lewis discuss a new iniative designed to spur entrepreneurs into developing creative solutions.… read more

The Christian Science Monitor | Kiss me, you human

June 28, 2001

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The Christian Science Monitor — June 28, 2001 | Stephen Humphries

You needn’t have taken a philosophy course to see A.I., the new Steven Spielberg movie, but you may wish you’d enrolled in Philosophy 101 by the time you exit the cinema. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), is a futuristic story in which a robot resembling an 11-year-old boy embarks on a Pinocchio-like quest to become human. Mr. Spielberg’s movie posits the idea that machines can develop self-awareness, and even… read more

Wired | Aaron: Art from the machine

May 12, 2001

Wired — May 12, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil has sponsored the premiere of the first excursion into computational art in history.… read more

Wired | Kurzweil’s future coming fast

April 25, 2001

Wired — April 25, 2001 | Mark K. Anderson

There are those who eagerly await things such as Apple’s OS X or the latest build of Linux or whatever twist Microsoft has in store for its windowed world. And then there are others whose interest in operating systems runs on a longer clock.

Take Raymond Kurzweil. His life and work revolves around a singularly significant launch he expects within the next 20 to 30 years:… read more

CNET News | Tech visionary gets inventor prize

April 25, 2001

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CNET News — April 25, 2001 | Charles Cooper

The Lemelson-MIT prize, presented to Ray Kurzweil in Washington, D.C., recognizes his 35-year track record inventing technologies in areas as diverse as pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and speech reading.

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