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Los Angeles Times | Transcendence into directing for cinematographer Wally Pfister

January 14, 2014

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Source: Los Angeles Times — January 10, 2014 | Steven Zeitchik

Inspired by the idea of the singularity — the term coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil to describe the merger of humans and sentient machines — Transcendence stakes out a middle ground between utopian and apocalyptic visions of the decades ahead.

“I wanted to get away from the cliched notion of a sentient machine taking over the world,” Pfister said. “Is it benevolent or malevolent? I want the audience… read more

Wired | Why Her will dominate UI design even more than Minority Report

January 13, 2014

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Source: Wired — January 13, 2014 | Kyle van Hemert

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze’s new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 13, 2014

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Source: Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 10, 2014

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Source: Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

SearchCIO | Kurzweil: The human brain on IT

January 8, 2014

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Source: SearchCIO — September 30, 2013 | Linda Tucci

“Change is the new constant” is a saying you hear a lot at technology conferences. “But change is not constant,” said inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil at a conference I attended last week.

The world is changing more and more rapidly, fueled by information technology. Unlike some of us given to mouthing such statements, the recipient of the National Medal of Technology had his argument teed up. [...]

GlobeNewswire | Wall Street Journal CIO Network assembles leading CIOs and CTOs to address most pressing global technology and innovation challenges

January 7, 2014

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Source: GlobeNewswire — January 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal will again convene leading chief information and technology officers for the second annual meeting of its CIO Network. The meeting will take place February 3-4 in San Diego to decide action plans for addressing the most pressing technology and innovation challenges facing corporations today.

During the opening session, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google Inc. and chairman, founder, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies,… read more

Golden Globe Awards The Dailies | Nominee profile: Joaquin Phoenix Her

December 27, 2013

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Source: Golden Globe Awards The Dailies — December 24, 2013 | Luca Celada

Now the 40 year-old actor has made it four with a well-deserved nomination as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for his performance in Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

The film imagines the imminent advent of artificial intelligence and “emotional machines,” the so-called “singularity,” first postulated by futurist Ray Kurzweil and that many technology experts consider to be an inevitable coming development.

It’s a technological prospect… read more

The New Zealand Herald | A taste of what’s to come from smartphones

December 27, 2013

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Source: The New Zealand Herald — December 28, 2013 | Rhodri Marsden

Few of us can conceive of the pace with which technological power is developing.

Ray Kurzweil (author, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google) predicts that by 2025 we’ll have a computer which has the processing power of the human brain, and by 2045 it’ll have the processing power of six billion brains — i.e., everyone on the planet. [...]

Daily Tech | Google wins DARPA challenge to produce terminator-like robot

December 27, 2013

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Source: Daily Tech — December 27, 2013 | Jason Mick

Google also has been acquiring talented roboticists in similar fashion. It picked up machine learning expert Professor Geoffrey Hinton, who coinvented the backpropagation and contrastive divergence training algorithms for neural networks.

Ray Kurzweil is among Google’s recent robotics-aimed additions. Ray Kurzweil, a famed proponent of a coming converged of artificial intelligence and humanity, was hired as a “Director of Engineering” at Google. [...]

Popular Science | Her is the smartest movie about artificial intelligence in years

December 26, 2013

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Source: Popular Science — December 20, 2013 | Erik Sofge

This week saw the beginning of the marketing campaign for 2014’s Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as a seemingly megalomaniacal AI researcher. In the first teaser trailer, Depp narrates one of the more widely-held fears.

“Once online, a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology. In a short time, its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world.… read more

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