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TED | Hacked: The speakers in session 8 of TED 2014

March 21, 2014

Source: TED — March 20, 2014

What does a hacked future look like? What will our bodies and minds be capable as bioengineering becomes more and more ubiquitous? In session 8 of TED 2014, speakers take on the hacked world of tomorrow.

Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text, and audio technology. He is revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of… read more

Wired | Kurzweil’s law

November 6, 2001

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Source: Wired — April 2001 | Paul Boutin

Change is accelerating. And so is the acceleration. Say good-bye to the future as we know it.… read more

JavaOne Conference Proceedings | Kurzweil keynote transcript for Oracle’s 2010 JavaOne Conference

September 23, 2010

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Source: JavaOne Conference Proceedings — September 23, 2010

Also see the JavaOne wrap-up article: Extreme Technologies at an Extreme Event: The 2010 JavaOne Conference was rich in ideas, innovation, and entertainment.”

Transcript of Ray Kurzweil keynote for Oracle’s JavaOne Conference 2010: “The Age of Embedded Computing, Everywhere.”

I started using computers in 1960, that is 50 years ago. I was 12 years old. That’s not so amazing today, but it was… read more

Ubiquity | ACM Ubiquity interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 11, 2006

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Source: Ubiquity — January 11, 2006 | John Gehl

UBIQUITY: How is the new book doing?

KURZWEIL: Very well. It’s in its fourth printing, and has been number one both in science and in philosophy on Amazon.

UBIQUITY: It’s an amazing, magisterial piece of work.

KURZWEIL: Thanks, I appreciate that.

UBIQUITY: Why don’t you talk a little bit about the notion of “singularity”? Set the premise for us.

KURZWEIL: Sure. It’s actually a complicated premise, but there… read more

Foreign Policy | The FP top 100 global thinkers

November 30, 2009

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Source: Foreign Policy — November 30, 2009

From the brains behind Iran’s Green Revolution to the economic Cassandra who actually did have a crystal ball, they had the big ideas that shaped our world in 2009. Read on to see the 100 minds that mattered most in the year that was.

71. Ray Kurzweil — for advancing the technology of eternal life.

FUTURIST | NORTH ANDOVER, MASS.

By 2045, the differences… read more

Business Insider | Google is working on a search system that can understand your emotions

April 25, 2013

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Source: Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey

Futurist Ray Kurzweil has some ambitious plans for search at Google.

Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.

“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords,… read more

The Washington Post | Starbucks, Google and the future of work

August 1, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — August 1, 2013 | Dominic Basulto

A generation from now, the idea of going to the office may become very quaint. As with any shift in society, such as the rise of the mobile “officeless office,” you can choose to view the glass as half-full or half-empty. You can pine for the demise of the cubicle and corner office, seeing it as a further erosion of middle-class life in America.

Or, you… read more

The Business of Fashion | Science fiction is swiftly becoming fact

November 27, 2013

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Source: The Business of Fashion — November 22, 2103 | Vikram Alexei Kansara

This was the main thrust of a recent conference in Budapest, organised by the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based learning institution, founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and sponsored by Google, Nokia, the X Prize Foundation, Genentech and others.

By 2020, Ray Kurzweil predicts that we’ll start to see 3D printing of clothing. This will create a new market for “open source” apparel that can be downloaded and printed at incredibly… 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. [...]

The New York Times | A revolution in money

April 3, 2014

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Source: The New York Times — April 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin

“Money is a very interesting philosophical idea in that we have all of humanity agreeing on this system,” said Ray Kurzweil. “So even though we may radically disagree on some things — like let’s say the U.S. government and Al Qaeda — they both respect money. So it’s remarkable how we have this universal respect for this very esoteric virtual construct.”

Mr. Kurzweil is not sure how easy… read more

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