The Georgia Straight | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll replace fossil fuels in 20 years

February 26, 2009

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The Georgia Straight — February 26, 2009 | Blaine Kyllo

Ray Kurzweil’s idea of the future has been amazingly accurate. “Within 20 years,” he said, “we’ll have largely replaced fossil fuels.”

As for the waste left behind by old industries, Kurzweil said that information technologies will after we move to environmentally friendly, renewable forms of energy, nanotechnology can clean up environmental impact from industrial technologies.

“We’ll recycle physical products using nanotechnology to reorganize the molecules which are… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Vice | Ray Kurzweil — that Singularity guy

April 14, 2009

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Vice — April 14, 2009 | Rocco Castoro

In the year 2050, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanoscopic robots will be zooming throughout our capillaries, transforming us into nonbiological humans.

We will be able to absorb and retain the entirety of the universe’s knowledge, eat as much as we want without gaining weight, shape-shift into just about any physical form imaginable, live free from disease, and die at the time of our choosing.

All of this will be thrust on us… read more

New Scientist | Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity – a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us liveread more

New Scientist | A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

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New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity —  a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us live long enough to… read more

Newsweek | I, Robot

May 16, 2009

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Newsweek — May 16, 2009 | Daniel Lyons

Ray Kurzweil’s wildest dream is to be turned into a cyborg — a flesh-and-blood human enhanced with tiny embedded computers, a man-machine hybrid with billions of microscopic nanobots coursing through his bloodstream.… read more

New York Times | The Coming Superbrain

May 23, 2009

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New York Times — May 23, 2009 | John Markoff

Several years ago the artificial-intelligence pioneer Raymond Kurzweil took the idea one step further in his 2005 book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.” He sought to expand Moore’s Law to encompass more than just processing power and to simultaneously predict with great precision the arrival of post-human evolution, which he said would occur in 2045.… read more

Forbes | Two hundred and fifty pills to immortality

May 27, 2009

Forbes — May 27, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

So you want to live forever? Ray Kurzweil will tell you how. The life and work of the futurist and inventor was the subject of a film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Barry Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man. When he was in his early 20s, Kurzweil watched his father lose a battle with heart disease. The experience spurred his deeply rooted desire to conquer death. He’s received White… read more

io9 | Can Ray Kurzweil’s rosy predictions stand up to fact-checking?

June 1, 2009

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io9 — June 1, 2009 | Charlie Jane Anders

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible… One of Kurzweil’s arguments in his defense: he predicted the Internet would “take off” in the late 1980s, when few people believed that.

(Actually, a lot of college campuses and even some high schools were actively on the net in the late 1980s, and you already had networks of FTP sites and Gophers and so on.) On the… read more

Future Blogger | The Singularity backlash

June 3, 2009

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Future Blogger — June 3, 2009 | Alvis Brigis

With a pair of feature films due for release in 2009, Ray Kurzweil is poised to shotgun the Singularity mega-meme to the mainstream.

But how will the message and messenger be received? And what effect will Kurzweil’s rising star have on associated memes such as accelerating change, transhumanism, extropianism, futurism, AGI and other less extreme Singularity definitions?

If recent Newsweek (“Is this the next great leap in… read more

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