Next Big Future | What does being on track for the predicted technological singularity mean, are we on track?

January 1, 2000

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Ray Kurzweil is famous for his vision and prediction of a Technological Singularity by 2049¬†Although whenever Ray predicts a date like 2049, based on Kurzweil’s own past reviews of his predictions, he gives his predictions ten years late or early to develop. So by Ray’s personal standard his prediction timing of being correct on the Technological Singularity would be if it happened in the 2041 to 2059 time… read more

Wired | ** legacy collection ** Ray Kurzweil remembers synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, PhD

January 1, 2000

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Wired — November 1, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil

I first heard a Moog synthesizer in the mid-1960s when I happened across a TV news segment about the newfangled instrument and its sci-fi sounds, as the reporter put it.

I had just finished a high school computer project on algorithmic music composition, but this was the first time I had heard synthesized sounds. It left me with an inspired feeling that a threshold had been crossed.

Robert Moog,… read more

New York Times | Hello, HAL (a book review)

November 3, 1999

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New York Times — November 3, 1999 | Colin McGinn

Three of these books provide a vivid window on the state of the art in artificial intelligence research, and offer provocative speculations on where we might be heading as the information age advances. Of the three, ”The Age of Spiritual Machines,” by Ray Kurzweil, is the best…. It gives you the most bits for your buck.

Businessweek | Q&A with Kurzweil’s Ray Kurzweil

February 23, 1998

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Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge

Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more

Time | Can we talk?

April 28, 1986

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Time — April 28, 1986 | Gordon W. Henry, Thomas McCarroll

Raymond Kurzweil has always been way ahead of his peers. When he was twelve years old and his junior high classmates were struggling with book reports, Kurzweil developed a computer software package that was distributed by IBM. At age 17 he won a Westinghouse Science Talent Search award for a computer program that could write music in the style of Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven.… read more

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