The Independent | Revenge of the nerds: Should we listen to futurists or are they leading us towards ‘nerdocalypse’?

September 12, 2010

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The Independent — September 12, 2010 | Mike Hodgkinson

Over the following two days, in the conference hall at the Hyatt Regency hotel, these and other invited experts add their latest insights and thoughts to a concept first suggested in the 1950s by information theorist John von Neumann, expanded on during the 1980s and 1990s by computer scientist Vernor Vinge, and carried enthusiastically through to the 21st century by current singularitarian-in-chief, inventor Ray Kurzweil.

The singularity is… read more

William Hertling's Thoughtstream | Ray Kurzweil SXSW keynote: expanding our intelligence without limit

March 12, 2012

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream — March 12, 2012 | William Hertling

Notes on Ray Kurzweil’s SXSW keynote, from March 12, 2012 | “Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit”  [#sxsw #IQExpand]

  • Background
    • Written 4 bestselling books
    • 19 honorary doctorates
    • Honored by multiple U.S. Presidents
    • Tons of inventions
  • The hippie movement morphed into silicon valley movement. What we have today is the democratization of technology.
  • You

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Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 8, 2014

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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

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

Igloo Animations | What is singularity in one minute with Ray Kurzweil

March 25, 2014

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Igloo Animations | This audio is taken from documentary film Transcendent Man. Igloo cut the audio to explain what the technological singularity is, in one minute.

Igloo Animations creates multimedia content. Established by director Trevor Courtney, Igloo is an award-winning animation studio and created Gimme the Short Version, which makes complex topics easy to digest, presents information clearly and simply and informs with bite-size visual chunks.

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?

August 4, 2015

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — July 30, 2015 | Edward Moore Geist

Superintelligence, the book by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, PhD, is the culmination of intellectual trends mounting for decades, with a significant mainstream following.

Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, is an apostle for the notion that self-improving artificial intelligence will bring about a tech revolution he calls the singularity.

In his vision, uploaded human minds will merge with AI to live forever in android bodies or as computer… read more

Wired | Kurzweil: Rooting for the machine

November 3, 2000


Wired — November 3, 2000 | Declan McCullagh

Raymond Kurzweil doesn’t merely predict that machine intelligence will surpass human brains by the end of the century. He’s eagerly anticipating it. In a Kurzweillian future, the world would become a very strange place, where converging advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology and computer science combine to propel humanity to its next stage of evolution.

“By the end of this century, I don’t think there will be a… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

Motherboard | What some of our thoughtful human friends think about Watson

February 19, 2011

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Motherboard — February 19, 2011 | Alex Pasternack, Sean Yeaton

Is anyone really surprised that IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy? Our guess is no, and that most people are still more impressed with Xbox Kinect or being able to watch Netflix on their iPhones. At any rate, a machine has exercised its power over two of Earth’s brightest humans and ultimately it sort of depends on how elastic your imagination is whether or not you think this kind of thing is terrifying… read more


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