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somethinkblue | Waking the universe

May 1, 2011

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Source: somethinkblue — May 1, 2011 | Nima D. Seifi

There are moments in history that shape humanity’s trajectory. Such events vary in form, content and timescale, and the likelihood is that only a few people are ever truly aware of the epistemological, and in some instances geological, ground shifting beneath them. What if we were on the cusp of such a moment right now?

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, author and futurist, who for years has provoked debate… read more

Information Week | Voice Dream Reader affordable TTS for disabled users

May 15, 2013

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Source: Information Week — May 15, 2013 | David F. Carr

Text-to-voice technology has a long history. The famed technologist Ray Kurzweil created an early reading software product in 1976, which in 1996 led to the founding of Kurzweil Educational Systems, a leading maker of reading software for PCs and Macs.

However, the Kurzweil software costs as much as $1,500 a seat, while some of the other PC-based text-to-speech products cost $50 to $70, Chen said. “We charge… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Visionary Awardees Kurzweil, Warrior, Blank, Diamandis: hear what they had to say about their achievements

June 28, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 28, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Ray Kurzweil, Padmasree Warrior, Peter Diamandis and Steve Blank joined the ranks of Silicon Valley Visionary Award winners Wednesday night at a gala event in Los Altos Hills. They join a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment that have been honored since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

Kurzweil, 65, has been a prolific inventor of such things… read more

PC Magazine | VCs Push for ‘Disruptive Innovation’ at GoingGreen

October 13, 2010

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Source: PC Magazine — October 13, 2010 | Michael J. Miller

Two of the best-known venture capital investors spoke at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference this afternoon, with both Steve Jurveston of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures very positive on cleantech investments, but taking very different views on the specifics.

Jurveston talked about how he thought entrepreneurship drives all major changes on the planet. He said two-thirds of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies were founded during a… read more

GigaOm | Unraveling the mysteries of life

November 27, 2013

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Source: GigaOm — November 23, 2013 | Tinniam V. Ganesh,

Towards another big bang? With the advances in AI, brain-to-brain interface, our ability to reverse aging and actually halting death, it is likely that our life expectancy will go northward by another 30 -50 years. This may be a logical outcome as long duration space travel becomes a real possibility in the future.

Futurist, Ray Kurzweil, predicts that in another 2 decades by the year 2045, mankind will… read more

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 28, 2014

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Source: Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

Forbes | Two hundred and fifty pills to immortality

May 27, 2009

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Source: 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

The New York Times | Trying to outrace scientific advances — Almost Human on Fox police show based in the future

November 27, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — November 15, 2013 | Hugh Hart

Mr. Wyman added that his series’s premise draws on the “Singularity” theories of the futurist Ray Kurzweil, who forecasts the merging of flesh, blood and minuscule nanobot devices into self-healing man-machine hybrids.

“Kurzweil talks about how, if you had cancer, you could get a pill the size of a marble containing hundreds of tiny computers programmed to attack your cancer cells,” Mr. Wyman said. “By dinner time, you… 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

Google Think Quarterly | Transgressive Man

April 4, 2012

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Source: Google Think Quarterly — April 4, 2012 | Cyrus Shahrad

Prophet, futurist, or catalyst of chaos? Ray Kurzweil believes that innovations in biogenetics and nanotechnology are creating a new future for humanity, but could they just as easily destroy us all?

There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then-17-year-old’s appearance on panel show I’ve Got a Secret. Suited and smiling, exuding the… read more

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