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Associated Press | Amazon’s delivery drones an idea that may not fly

December 4, 2013

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Source: Associated Press — December 3, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz

Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.”

“Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional… read more

The Telepraph | An artificially intelligent future: Ray Kurzweil on engineering the brain

November 28, 2012

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Source: The Telepraph — November 28, 2012 | Roger Highfield

Ray Kurzweil foresees a disease-free world where no one ages and artificial brains make machines human-like — and he is not one to get things wrong. He is a pioneer, exploring a hinterland that lies just beyond the horizon of current possibilities; a twilight zone between science fact and fiction, between predictions rooted in existing technology and the wildest lunatic speculation.

Ray Kurzweil is an American… read more

World Future Review | An interview with Ray Kurzweil: inventor, bestselling author, WorldFuture 2010 speaker

May 5, 2010

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Source: World Future Review — May 5, 2010 | Aaron M. Cohen

Merging With the Machines: Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law of Exponential Growth: This interview was conducted by Aaron M. Cohen on behalf of World Future Review.

World Future Review: What does it mean to build “new and improved” human intelligence? And where are we in terms of bringing this to reality?

Kurzweil: There are two components must be achieved to create a human-level… read more

Vision | And they all lived technologically ever after

May 2, 2007

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Source: Vision — Spring 2007 issue | David F. Lloyd

American inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil submits that humans are on the brink of transcending their biology. He reminds his readers that in his 1998 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, he was already envisioning the nature of human life “past the point when machine and human cognition blurred.”

With great emphasis, he notes in his latest book that when experts from various disciplines estimate where we will be… read more

The Sydney Morning Herald | Androids and angels

November 6, 2011

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald — November 6, 2011 | Nick Miller

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil believes humans will soon be able to live forever with the help of computers. Barmy or brilliant?

It used to be that you would go into a dark tent where an old woman would gaze into a ball and tell you about the dark handsome stranger in your future.

In the 21st century, it seems, the tent is a rather eccentrically decorated office… read more

Business Insider | Apple wants to use your heart rate and facial expressions to figure out what mood you’re in

January 28, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — January 24, 2014 | Aaron Taube

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil is working to improve its search function to the point where humans could type in a sentence, and the computer could understand the query on an emotional level.

And earlier this month, Yahoo acquired Aviate, a company that organizes and searches for phone apps based on what it thinks you’ll be looking for at a certain time. [...]

Complex | Apple’s iWatch and the law of accelerating anticlimax

March 12, 2013

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Source: Complex — March 12, 2013 | Michael Thomsen

The advent of wearable computers was one of Ray Kurzweil’s early predictions about the ever nearing Singularity, the moment when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence and slowly slip out of our control.

At the time he said it, the prediction was as strange sounding as the idea we might all one day be wearing phone booths, and yet both have come to pass in… read more

The Huffington Post | Are computers playing games with us?

April 2, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — April 2, 2012 | David H. Bailey

The future will be different. So where is all this heading? A recent Time article features an interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts an era, roughly in 2045, when machine intelligence will meet, then transcend human intelligence. Such future intelligent systems will then design even more powerful technology, resulting in a dizzying advance that we can only dimly foresee at the present time. Kurzweil outlines… read more

The Washington Post | Art review Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity

December 24, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — December 19, 2013 | Michael O’Sullivan

From one perspective, the future looks bright at the American Visionary Art Museum, where the exhibition “Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity” explores man’s tenuous relationship with technology.

According to the futurist author and inventor Ray Kurzweil — who is featured in a 79-minute documentary that loops continuously as part of the show and who will be honored with the museum’s Grand Visionary Award next… 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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