The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

The Washington Post | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 19, 2014

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The Washington Post — September 19, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Business InsiderTech Insider | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, here’s the one scientific fact that blows my mind

February 23, 2016

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Business Insider • Tech Insider  | The world’s leading futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t shocked by much. Except for this one thing. Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism, has a strategy on how to prolong his own life — until science figures out how to make us immortal.

But he still can’t wrap his head around this one fact. The futurist is also author… read more

The Globe and Mail | How To Create a Mind: Can a marriage between man and machine solve the world’s problems?

February 8, 2013

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The Globe and Mail — February 8, 2013 | Don Tapscott

How do you know when your new book is a success? When Google promptly offers you a plum job as soon as the book is on the stands.

That’s the pleasant turn of events that Ray Kurzweil, 64, is enjoying. His most recent book, his sixth, is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. His new job at Google is director of engineering.… read more

Metro | Apparently we’re all going to live forever by 2029

May 9, 2016

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Metro — May 6, 2016 | Ashitha Nagesh

Google’s chief futurist Ray Kurzweil says humans will have eternal life by 2029. Kurzweil has been accurate in his predictions so far.

Back in the 1980s — when we were lugging around our Motorola bricks  — he already predicted a bunch of things that are now part of everyday life.

This includes self-driving cars, prosthetic legs for paraplegics, and wirelessly accessing info on the internet. He also reckons… read more

The Washington Post | The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

April 23, 2015

The Washington Post — April 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true.

He said by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain.

He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every 18 months, would apply for 60 years — until 2025 — giving way then to new paradigms of… read more

ReadWrite | 10 great sci-fi films that got the future all wrong

May 10, 2013

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ReadWrite — May 10, 2013 | Brian S Hall

In Logan’s Run, life is perfect. And then you die. At the ripe old age of 30. It may not be fair to include this film on the list. After all, it’s set 250 years from now. Who knows what will happen in that time?

However, given the fact that humanity continues to live longer, spends billions of dollars on extending life, and brilliant scientists such as Ray… read more

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 8, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our breakthroughs series.

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Silicon Valley Business Journal | Do you need a futurist? Ray Kurzweil says yes

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Ray KurzweilGoogle Inc.’s director of engineering, took the stage at NASA’s research park at Moffett Field and the crowd fell silent. They’d been waiting all week at Singularity University’s FutureMed conference in Mountain View to hear the storied futurist-inventor-author speak. Finally, the slight, bespectacled Kurzweil launched in, telling the history of Silicon Valley’s role in the exponential advance of innovation in his heavy New York… read more

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

October 22, 2013

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Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

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