The Japan News | Insights into the world, hopes and fears for the future of science

April 20, 2015

The Japan News — April 20, 2015 | Masakazu Yamazaki

The central figure in popularizing futurology is Ray Kurzweil. Despite accepting the biological transformation of humans in the future, Kurzweil does have a strong belief in the basic concept of humans and the human centric philosophy.

As long as Kurzweil observes things about the world outside the human race, he shows no signs of ambiguity. He cites historical facts and data. He has his own views about “who I… read more

Playboy | Playboy interview — Bill Maher

April 14, 2015

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Playboy — April 14, 2015 | David Hochman

David Hochman: You’ve said you don’t believe in heaven or hell, but do you have any quick ideas for your tombstone?

Bill Maher: Yeah. “What was that all about?” I certainly don’t want to be buried. Burn me, cremate me. I don’t want to be worm food or get eaten by maggots. But more than that, I don’t want to die.

I want Ray Kurzweil to come up… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 12, 2015

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Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

TechCrunch | A connected planet, digital telepathy and other passions of Ramez Naam

April 11, 2015

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TechCrunch — April 11, 2015 | Dan Kaplan

More telepathy, less conscious artificial intelligence. While Naam’s vision of post human evolution has parallels with the technological singularity envisioned by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, it branches off in a few key ways.

Unlike Vinge and Kurzweil, Naam doesn’t picture a super intelligent artificial intelligence improving itself with singular aplomb. [...]


Financial Times | Breakfast with the Financial Times, Ray Kurzweil

April 10, 2015

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Financial Times — April 10, 2015 | Caroline Daniel

Ray Kurzweil’s work at Google aims at moving search beyond keywords towards more complex ideas.

He offers this example. “I met this girl at a party last night. We only spoke a few words but I felt an instant bond with her. Is that realistic? What does the psychology literature say about this?

“Ultimately, and this is the long term project, it would be like asking a person… read more

Financial Times | Taking on the smart criminals

April 9, 2015

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Financial Times — April 9, 2015 | Emma Jacobs

Marc Goodman works at Singularity University, the private training center in Silicon Valley founded by Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.

Goodman works with astronauts, roboticists and big data scientists to identify the possible dark side of innovation. “Technology is awesome, our future is going to be amazing, but it’s not going to come for free.” [...]

The Daily Beast | How to hack your body to live past 120 – cheating death

April 4, 2015

The Daily Beast — April 4, 2015 | Christian Borys

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says scientists have the opportunity to work on the fundamental structure of the body in the same way that an engineer can develop software.

SENS Research Foundation shares Kurzweil’s optimism about longevity. Kurzweil says breakthroughs will accelerate, “because biotechnologies are doubling in capability each year. They are now a thousand times more powerful than when the genome project completed in 2003, and will be a thousand… read more

Brisbane Times | Debunking five myths about Google

March 23, 2015

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Brisbane Times — March 23, 2015 | Daniel Lyons

Google has built a research group around AI and machine learning, and even hired renowned AI guru Ray Kurzweil, who believes that by 2045 humans will merge with computers in what’s known as the singularity.

Google’s recent acquisitions speak to its intentions: one of the most advanced AI development shops, plus eight of the world’s best robotics companies. [...]

Entrepreneur | Steve Wozniak, the future of AI is scary and very bad for people

March 23, 2015

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Entrepreneur — March 23, 2015 | Laura Entis

Apple co-founder and programming whiz Steve Wozniak added his own predictions about artificial intelligence’s detrimental impact on the future of humanity.

“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” he told the outlet. Recent tech advancements have convinced Steve Wozniak that writer Raymond Kurzweil — who believes machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence within the next few decades — is onto something.

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The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

March 23, 2015

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The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

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