Silicon Valley Business Journal | Do you need a futurist? Ray Kurzweil says yes

February 15, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — February 15, 2013 | Preeti Upadhyaya

Ray KurzweilGoogle Inc.’s director of engineering, took the stage at NASA’s research park at Moffett Field and the crowd fell silent. They’d been waiting all week at Singularity University’s FutureMed conference in Mountain View to hear the storied futurist-inventor-author speak. Finally, the slight, bespectacled Kurzweil launched in, telling the history of Silicon Valley’s role in the exponential advance of innovation in his heavy New York… read more

The New York Times | Ray Kurzweil says we’re going to live forever

January 25, 2013

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The New York Times — January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on… read more

Investment Watch Blog | Kurzweil’s ‘Singularity’ makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest

March 28, 2012

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Investment Watch Blog — March 28, 2012

The famed futurist Ray Kurzweil’s “Singularity” makes Kaku’s predictions seem modest. Kurzweil postualtes that somewhere around the middle of this century, Artificial Intelligence will have progressed to the point that it exceeds human intelligence. Additionaly, the AI will be able to improve itself at exponential speeds. Thus, huge advances in technology will be (are, in fact) happening at exponentially increasing speeds.

The energy crisis will be… read more

Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance | The next age of reason

October 22, 2013

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Time Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance — October 22, 2013 | Lev Grossman

This Time special review, Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance, includes inventor Ray Kurzweil in the feature section “Genius Among Us,” with the story “The Next Age of Reason” authored by Lev Grossman.

The article mirrors the Time 2011 focus piece “2045: The year man becomes immortal,” which describes Kurzweil’s theories and developments in artificial intelligence, and his many insights into exponential… read more

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?

May 8, 2015

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PBS Newshour — May 8, 2015

PBS Newshour | How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is creeping into our everyday lives through technology like check scanning machines and GPS navigation. How far away are we from making intelligent machines that actually have minds of their own? Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence as part of our breakthroughs series.

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The Wall Street Journal | Will Google’s Ray Kurzweil live forever?

April 12, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal — April 12, 2013 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

In 15 years, the famous inventor expects medical technology will add a year of life expectancy every year. Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

This is a trick question. Mr. Kurzweil famously hopes an obituary won’t be necessary. And in the event of his unexpected demise, he is widely reported to have signed… read more

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology | End of aging within reach, experts say

August 5, 2013

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology — August 5, 2013 | Dick Pelletier

Most forward-thinking scientists believe the goal to end aging is technologically achievable, and it could be reached in time to benefit many people alive today. “I am working on immortality,” says UC Irvine’s Michael Rose, who has achieved breakthrough results extending the lives of fruit flies.

“There are many components of aging and we are chipping away at all of them,” added Robert… read more

CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

Pacific Standard | Silicon Valley thinks it should live forever

August 21, 2013

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Pacific Standard — August 21, 2013 | Ryan O'Hanlon

The average lifespan of an American human being is currently 79 years. But there is a group of men who think that number is too low because that number is not “infinity.” In the latest display of human ignorance toward the planet we inhabit, a bunch of Silicon Valley techno-dudes want to live forever.

Under Brin’s aegis, Google has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to… read more

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

December 20, 2013

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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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