Vision | And they all lived technologically ever after

May 2, 2007

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Vision — Spring 2007 issue | David F. Lloyd

American inventor and futurologist Ray Kurzweil submits that humans are on the brink of transcending their biology. He reminds his readers that in his 1998 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, he was already envisioning the nature of human life “past the point when machine and human cognition blurred.”

With great emphasis, he notes in his latest book that when experts from various disciplines estimate where we will be… read more

The Sydney Morning Herald | Androids and angels

November 6, 2011

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The Sydney Morning Herald — November 6, 2011 | Nick Miller

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil believes humans will soon be able to live forever with the help of computers. Barmy or brilliant?

It used to be that you would go into a dark tent where an old woman would gaze into a ball and tell you about the dark handsome stranger in your future.

In the 21st century, it seems, the tent is a rather eccentrically decorated office… read more

The Washington Post | Apple isn’t just satisfied reinventing health care, it’s targeting clinical trials as well

March 23, 2015

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The Washington Post — March 23, 2015 | Vivek Wadhwa

Google made a significant investment in a company called Calico, to research diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. Its goal is to understand aging and, ultimately, extend life. It is also learning how the human brain works.

One of its chief scientists, who is a mentor to me, Ray Kurzweil, is bringing to life the theory of intelligence expounded in his book How to Create a Mind. He wants… read more

Business Insider | Apple wants to use your heart rate and facial expressions to figure out what mood you’re in

January 24, 2014

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Business Insider — January 24, 2014 | Aaron Taube

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil is working to improve its search function to the point where humans could type in a sentence, and the computer could understand the query on an emotional level.

And earlier this month, Yahoo acquired Aviate, a company that organizes and searches for phone apps based on what it thinks you’ll be looking for at a certain time. [...]

Complex | Apple’s iWatch and the law of accelerating anticlimax

March 12, 2013

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Complex — March 12, 2013 | Michael Thomsen

The advent of wearable computers was one of Ray Kurzweil’s early predictions about the ever nearing Singularity, the moment when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence and slowly slip out of our control.

At the time he said it, the prediction was as strange sounding as the idea we might all one day be wearing phone booths, and yet both have come to pass in… read more

The Huffington Post | Are computers playing games with us?

April 2, 2012

The Huffington Post — April 2, 2012 | David H. Bailey

The future will be different. So where is all this heading? A recent Time article features an interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts an era, roughly in 2045, when machine intelligence will meet, then transcend human intelligence. Such future intelligent systems will then design even more powerful technology, resulting in a dizzying advance that we can only dimly foresee at the present time. Kurzweil outlines… read more

Singularity University: Singularity Hub | Are you a thinking thing? Why debating machine consciousness matters

August 18, 2015

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Singularity University: Singularity Hub — August 16, 2015 | Alison E. Berman

In a recent talk, Ray Kurzweil showed the complexity of measuring machine consciousness.

“We can’t just ask an entity: Are you conscious?” he said. “Because we can ask entities in video games today, and they’ll say: Yes, I’m conscious and I’m angry at you.

“But we don’t believe them because they don’t have the subtle cues that we associate with really having that subjective state. My prediction is that… read more

The Washington Post | Art review Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity

December 19, 2013

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The Washington Post — December 19, 2013 | Michael O’Sullivan

From one perspective, the future looks bright at the American Visionary Art Museum, where the exhibition “Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity” explores man’s tenuous relationship with technology.

According to the futurist author and inventor Ray Kurzweil — who is featured in a 79-minute documentary that loops continuously as part of the show and who will be honored with the museum’s Grand Visionary Award next… read more

The Daily Dot | Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

August 10, 2015

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The Daily Dot — Aug 5, 2015 | Dylan Love

The singularity is a hypothesized time in the future, approximately 2045, when the capabilities of non-living electronic machines will supersede human capabilities.

Undismissable contemporary thinkers like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Ray Kurzweil warn us that it will change everything. Hawking likens it to receiving a message from aliens announcing their arrival in “a few decades,” saying this is “more or less” what’s happening with artificial intelligence software.

Talk of the singularity ripples with… read more

The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

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