NPR | A man and his machine, finding out what love is

December 19, 2013

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NPR — December 19, 2013 | David Edelstein

Although sci-fi teems with cautionary tales of machines growing smarter than humans and taking over the world, on the basis of Her, I think Jonze yearns on some level for what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls “the singularity,” when machines will take on human characteristics and our minds will be expanded by machines.

Jonze began with what could have been a one-joke idea, and in the course of getting it on… read more

Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 27, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 27, 2014

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TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

TED | TED 2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design

March 11, 2014

TED — March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Jacobs

With just one week left to go until TED 2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote about the science of goat arousal and which launched a defense… read more

TED | What might the future hold? Predictions at TED 1984 to 2014

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

TED | Predictions are a mug’s game. Nonetheless, many TED speakers have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like.

This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Forbes | No one needs to fear Facebook M for a good while

December 2, 2015

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Forbes — November 30, 2015 | Paul Armstrong

I’m intrigued by Facebook M — the artificial intelligence human oversight product that will eventually be part of, or become, Facebook’s Messenger application. There are a lot of positive words being written about the program but M is not likely to be real AI for some time. Most confuse machine learning for artificial intelligence.

Machine learning counts as AI, but not all AI counts as machine learning. Machine learning is a… read more

BusinessWeek | The future according to Ray Kurzweil

June 29, 2000

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BusinessWeek — June 29, 2000 | Alex Salkever

The visionary and author tells PC Expo-goers to expect mind-shattering, exponential development in computing and other tech fields and includes advice for Alan Greenspan. Ray Kurzweil’s recent book The Age of Spiritual Machines looked far into the future, when electronic devices may think, act, and even feel emotions the way humans do. And true to form, the technologist and renowned visionary cut a wide swath across history in a Thursday… read more

The National Association of Broadcasters | Revolutionary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil will take the stage at 2010 NAB show

April 2, 2010

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The National Association of Broadcasters — April 2, 2010 | NAB staff

 The NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, has announced that Ray Kurzweil, one of the 21st century’s most revolutionary thinkers, will headline a session entitled “The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Media, Communications, and Society.” A discussion with Donald Marinelli, Executive Producer of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, will… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | Reaching for immortality

July 15, 2010

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MSNBC Cosmic Log — July 15, 2010 | Alan Boyle

The quest for immortality goes back to Adam and Eve, but now some smart people are getting serious about actually bringing it within their grasp. And they’re getting more attention as well. [...]  

Like de Grey and his colleagues, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil has been facing these challenges for years — not as an anti-aging researcher per se, but as a smart guy who has made his name by predicting… read more

EIN News | President Obama was never born at all (humor)

October 26, 2011

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EIN News — October 26, 2011 | Joe Rothstein

The first piece of the puzzle is hidden within a book entitled The Singularity Is Near, by a card-carrying futurist named Ray Kurzweil. The subtitle, and this is extremely important: When Humans Transcend Biology.

The Singularity Is Near makes the case that laboratory-created artificial intelligence will merge with biological evolution in such a way that, to put it in lay terms, robots will take over the world. Biological evolution… read more

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