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

April 5, 2013

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Source: 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

VentureBeat | Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

October 3, 2012

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Source: VentureBeat — October 3, 2012 | Meghan Kelly

“We’re making very discernible progress in AI. It’s quite visceral,” Ray Kurzweil told the audience at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

He also made a comment about Apple’s Siri voice assistant and how far it still has to go. Kurzweil was directly involved in creating Nuance, which is the speech-recognition technology behind Siri.

“I think actually the natural language understanding of Siri is fairly weak,”… read more

Forbes | Google’s Engineering Director: 32 years to digital immortality

June 20, 2013

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Source: Forbes — June 20 , 2013 | Peter Cohan

It’s been over six months since December 15 when Google hired Ray Kurzweil as its director of engineering — but today, that hire is drawing huge attention thanks to a 2006 book he wrote about digital immortality.

And BusinessInsider reports that his current role at Google is to help its search technology “understand natural language.” ZDNet speculated that Kurzweil could bring buzz to Google: “Kurzweil gives… read more

Business Insider | Google Engineering Director Kurzweil says immortality is just around the corner

June 18, 2013

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Source: Business Insider — June 18, 2013 | Kevin McLaughlin

Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is convinced that biotechnology advancements will eventually outpace the natural aging process. In other words: He thinks one day it will be possible for humans to live forever.

“Somewhere between 10 and 20 years, there is going to be tremendous transformation of health and medicine,” Kurzweil said Sunday at the Global Future 2045 World Congress in New York City, as reported by CNBC’s… read more

Slate | This is your brain on neural implants

November 16, 2012

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Source: Slate — November 16, 2012 | Ray Kurzweil

Are you still you if devices improve your memory, attention span, and other cognitive skills?

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today’s. While you are sleeping, some group scans your brain and picks up every salient detail. Perhaps they do this with blood cell sized scanning machines traveling in the capillaries of your brain or with some other suitable noninvasive technology, but… read more

The Futurist | Reinventing humanity: The future of human-machine intelligence

February 3, 2006
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Ray Kurzweil sees a radical evolution of the human species in the next 40 years. The merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.… read more

The Colorado Springs Independent | Transhuman express

January 16, 2013

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Source: The Colorado Springs Independent — January 16, 2013 | Bill Forman

Futurist inventor Ray Kurzweil blurs the boundaries between man and machine. Futurist forecasting has long been the object of strange fascination. Specific doomsday predictions — whether derived from the Mayan calendar or calculated by Christian radio host Harold Camping — have earned widespread media coverage, prompting no small amount of ridicule and what almost seemed like disappointment the day after.

As the Amazing Criswell dramatically intoned at the beginning… read more

Slashdot | Kuzweil: The cloud will expand human brain capacity

October 10, 2012

Source: Slashdot — October 10, 2012 | Nick Kolakowski

Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will eventually do more than store our e-mails or feed us streaming movies on demand: it’s going to help expand our brain capacity beyond its current limits.

In a question-and-answer session following a speech to the DEMO technology conference in Santa Clara, California last week, Kurzweil described the human brain as impressive but limited in its capacity to… read more

MTV Hive | Five ways William Gibson and Ray Kurzweil influenced Ra Ra Riot’s new album

February 7, 2013

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Source: MTV Hive — February 7, 2013 | Kory Grow

Halfway into the synth-poppy title track for Ra Ra Riot‘s new album, Beta Love, frontman Wes Miles sings, “In this city of robot hearts, ours were made to be.”

No mere fantastical hiccup, that line — and the song’s programming speak title — stem from Miles’ and his bandmates’ interest in science and science fiction, namely the works of science fiction author William Gibson and inventor-futurist… read more

The Washington Post | Artificial intelligence: our final invention?

December 20, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — December 18, 2013 | Matt Miller

This spring Hollywood will weigh in with Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher targeted by violent extremists who think we’re crossing a Rubicon that will be a disaster for humanity.

A few years ago I read chunks of Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near. Kurzweil argued that what sets our age apart from all previous ones is the accelerating pace of technological advance.

This… read more

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