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The Wall Street Journal: Japan | Report by New York correspondent Misako Hida: computers surpass human intelligence, ‘Singularity’

March 4, 2011

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Source: The Wall Street Journal: Japan — March 4, 2011 | Misako Hida

In 2045, artificial intelligence (AI) will come to dominate the planet. Computers will surpass human intelligence — this is the “Singularity.” Limits like biological aging and disease will be surpassed — even death will no longer be seen as a restriction to human life. Leading futurist, inventor, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Ray Kurzweil (63) is confident that [...]

The Washington Post | The case for old entrepreneurs

December 2, 2011

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Source: The Washington Post — December 2, 2011 | Vivek Wadhwa

Do people stop being creative as they reach middle age? Henry Ford introduced the Model T when he was 45. Sam Walton built Walmart in his mid-40s.

Some of the most creative people of the century were also not young. Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in his 50s; Alfred Hitchcock directed Vertigo when he was 59; Frank Lloyd Wright built his architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, when he was 68.… read more

PRWeb | Life extension for all — Global Future Congress announces ‘Avatar’

February 22, 2012

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Source: PRWeb — February 22, 2012

The first Global Future Congress 2045 (GF2045) was held on Feb.17-20 in Moscow, where 56 world leading physicists, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists and philosophers met to discuss breakthroughs in life extension technologies and draft a resolution to the United Nations setting the radical lengthening of human lifespan and the creation of avatars as a priority for the preservation of humankind.

About 500 people attended the three-day… read more

We Blog the World | Singularity University, Women at the Frontier and 10 Incredible Women Design the Future

July 31, 2012

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Source: We Blog the World — July 31, 2012

Singularity University held an event in conjunction with Women@TheFrontier at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley last week.

The program: “Designing the Future 2012″ brought together some of today’s female game-changers who are designing the future and disrupting the status quo.

Women@TheFrontier’s Susan Fonseka-Klein and KristinaMaria T-Gutierrez introduced inspirational women who had one heart warming story after another to share.

NASA’s Yvonne Cagle also paid a sentimental tribute to astronaut Sally Ride who passed away on July… read more

The Verge | How Larry Page and the Knowledge Graph helped Ray Kurzweil decide to join Google

March 20, 2013

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Source: The Verge — March 20, 2013 | Nathan Ingraham

It’s been a few months since noted author, futurist and AI guru Ray Kurzweil joined Google, and Singularity Hub has interviewed him to catch up on how his machine learning projects are going thus far.

While Kurzweil said his projects haven’t progressed too far at this point, he did reveal some details on how he ended up at Google in the first place.

Following the release of How To Createread more

Next Big Future | Quantum machine learning singularity from Google, Kurzweil and D-Wave?

May 16, 2013

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Source: Next Big Future — May 16, 2013 | Brian Wang

Quantum Machine Learning Singularity from Google, Kurzweil and Dwave?

Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field of artificial intelligence, joined Google late last year. Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proponent of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being. Add to this Google’s revelation that it is using techniques of deep learning to produce an… read more

The Conversation | The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

August 23, 2013

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Source: The Conversation — August 20, 2013 | Kathleen Richardson

Ray Kurzweil is another case in point. In books such as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil is forever predicting that we will merge with machines and be able to upload our “complete” consciousness into machines. This idea is emerging as the next big challenge in robotics but it could equally be viewed as a basic feature of human cultural existence.

I’m “uploading”… read more

Mashable | Google acquires robotics-design company Boston Dynamics

December 14, 2013

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Source: Mashable — December 14, 2013 | Adario Strange

After robotics software and now hardware, the third piece of Google’s puzzle seems to be the artificial-intelligence work of Ray Kurzweil, a recent company hire.

Kurzweil is known for talking up the notion of a technological singularity, a point in human history during which artificial-intelligence systems will suddenly surpass human abilities.

According to Kurzweil, the singularity will take place around 2045. When Amazon unveiled its flying delivery drones earlier this month, Kurzweil’s response… read more

TED | TED Brain Trust

May 24, 2014

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TED | TED Brain Trust: The following members of the TED community serve as a valued source of advice on issues of importance to TED’s future.

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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

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