TED | The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED 2014

March 20, 2014

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TED — March 20, 2014 | Thu-Huong Ha

Computers, says Kurzweil, are beginning to master human language with techniques similar to neocortex. In five to 10 years, he says, “search engines will be based on combinations of words and links but will actually read the billions of pages on the web for understanding.”

Kurzweil predicts that in 20 years nanobots will enter the brain through capillaries to connect us to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud. The… read more

CNBC | Tech can make immortality a reality: head Google engineer

June 17, 2013

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CNBC — June 17, 2013 | Cadie Thompson

Immortality may not be a reality yet, but rapidly evolving technology is making it more realistic, Google’s engineering director told the Global Future 2045 World Congress.

“The life expectancy was 20 1,000 years ago. We doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more… read more

CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

Haaretz | Technology will never replace memory, says Israeli Guinness record holder

August 8, 2013

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Haaretz — August 8, 2013 | Ayelett Shani

Writer and lecturer Eran Katz holds the record for memory exercises. In his new book, he explains how simple techniques can make us all memory whizzes.

Doesn’t technological progress make all those techniques superfluous? Is there still any significance to memorization? Are you familiar with the argument of futurist Ray Kurzweil? He claims we no longer have any need for memory based on memorization. But in the… read more

Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: Your brain in the cloud

February 10, 2013

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Big Think — February 10, 2013 | Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Transcript | Ray Kurzweil: Sometimes people think that emotion and art are sort of sideshows to human intelligence and the real essence of intelligence is thinking logically. If that were true, computers are already smarter than we are because they’re much better at logical thinking than we are. It’s actually things like being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment; maybe in a poem or in… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

May 18, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

The Times | Search engines will be able to flirt with users by 2029

June 14, 2014

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The Times — June 14, 2014 | Hannah Devlin

Speaking at the Exponential Finance conference this week, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said: “Computers will be at human levels, such that you can have an emotional relationship with them, 15 years from now.” Her was a realistic portrayal of how humans and computers might interact in the future, he said.

The comments suggest that Google, working on a natural language search engine that would allow users to type in questions conversationally and get meaningful responses,… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

Daily Mail | Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots

January 29, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 29, 2014 | Mark Prigg

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 as 2100. [...]

American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

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