Business Insider • Tech Insider  | How a pianist became the world’s most famous futurist

March 30, 2016

Business Insider • Tech Insider  — March 19, 2016 | Sean Kane

Today computer science pioneer Ray Kurzweil is known for promoting the technological singularity, a point in time when artificial intelligence becomes powerful enough to program better versions of itself.

If it happens such an explosion of digital intelligence will quickly surpass human comprehension and either lead to a Terminator-esque apocalypse or fuse with the human brain, bringing our species to new intellectual heights.

Kurzweil has led a peculiar… 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

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

Grasshopper Group LLC | The future is now: infographic

January 26, 2011

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Grasshopper Group LLC — January 26, 2011 | Grasshopper Group LLC

Described by Forbes magazine as “the ultimate thinking machine”, American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil published volumes of insightful predictions about the technology-driven future that we are currently living in.

 Here, we explore which of his major forecasts came to fruition and what he sees in store for our destiny beyond.

The Independent | Revenge of the nerds: Should we listen to futurists or are they leading us towards ‘nerdocalypse’?

September 12, 2010

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The Independent — September 12, 2010 | Mike Hodgkinson

Over the following two days, in the conference hall at the Hyatt Regency hotel, these and other invited experts add their latest insights and thoughts to a concept first suggested in the 1950s by information theorist John von Neumann, expanded on during the 1980s and 1990s by computer scientist Vernor Vinge, and carried enthusiastically through to the 21st century by current singularitarian-in-chief, inventor Ray Kurzweil.

The singularity is… read more

William Hertling's Thoughtstream | Ray Kurzweil SXSW keynote: expanding our intelligence without limit

March 12, 2012

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream — March 12, 2012 | William Hertling

Notes on Ray Kurzweil’s SXSW keynote, from March 12, 2012 | “Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit”  [#sxsw #IQExpand]

  • Background
    • Written 4 bestselling books
    • 19 honorary doctorates
    • Honored by multiple U.S. Presidents
    • Tons of inventions
  • The hippie movement morphed into silicon valley movement. What we have today is the democratization of technology.
  • You

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Digital Trends | Will the Willy Wonka of technology help Google usher in a new future?

December 20, 2012

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Digital Trends — December 20, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Google has hired famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Will he be a figurehead, or a driving force at the company?

Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site,… read more

PolicyMic | 10 ways Google Glass will change us — whether we’re ready or not

May 13, 2013

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PolicyMic — May 13, 2013 | Geoffrey Hoffman

The singularity is (almost) here: Ray Kurzweil, Google’s current engineering director, has written extensively about the “singularity,” the point where mankind and computers merge. Although Google Glass is not the singularity, it really does bring us closer to that (fateful, terrifying, dreaded, utopian, pick an adjective) day.

I do not mean to be overly optimistic in thinking about the potential of Google Glass. It will have positive benefits… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Visionary Awardees Kurzweil, Warrior, Blank, Diamandis: hear what they had to say about their achievements

June 28, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 28, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Ray Kurzweil, Padmasree Warrior, Peter Diamandis and Steve Blank joined the ranks of Silicon Valley Visionary Award winners Wednesday night at a gala event in Los Altos Hills. They join a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment that have been honored since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

Kurzweil, 65, has been a prolific inventor of such things… read more

Business Day | Techno file Google’s robotic ventures could make our sci-fi dreams reality

January 29, 2014

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Business Day — January 29, 2014 | Kevin O'Grady

It’s impossible to know at this stage exactly what Google is planning. In 2012, it hired the US inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”

Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “To bring natural language understanding to Google.” It’s a safe bet that Kurzweil is the brain behind Google’s plans for the Internet of Things.… read more

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