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CNN | At TED, miracles and fears

March 21, 2014

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Source: CNN — March 21, 2014 | Richard Galant

CNN | Inventor Ray Kurzweil looked two decades ahead to a time when, he argued, people will use nanobots to connect the capillaries of their brains to the cloud, merging biological thinking with artificial intelligence and enabling a leap in human capabilities equivalent to the great advances of millions of years of evolution.

The 30th anniversary gathering for the organization built around the subjects of its acronym –… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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Source: AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

Forbes | Back to the futurist

February 23, 2011

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

For 30 years Ray Kurzweil has been preaching the artificial intelligence gospel. As computers drive cars and play “Jeopardy,” are we on track to reach his cybertopia?

Andy Greenberg: You’ve predicted that by 2045 accelerating progress in technology means we’ll build a computer — the so-called singularity — powerful enough to let us upload and replicate our brains, essentially becoming immortal. Are we on schedule?

Ray Kurzweil: With… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Bessemer names Ethan Kurzweil, Jeff Epstein partners

January 24, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — January 24, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Jeff Epstein, the former chief financial officer at Oracle, and Ethan Kurzweil, son of futurist and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, are among six new partners named at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil has been with Bessemer’s Menlo Park office for four years and focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives the firm’s roadmap on developer platforms. [...]

New Mexico Business Weekly | Best Buy Super Bowl ad praised for focus on innovators

February 6, 2012

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Source: New Mexico Business Weekly — February 6, 2012

Best Buy Co. Inc.’s decision to use its Super Bowl ad to spotlight innovators who helped change how cell phones are used (and snuck itself onto the list) was received pretty well, at least by media types.

Cnet called it the best tech-centered ad of the first half of the game. It featured people like Philippe Kahn, who built one of the first camera phones, and Kevin Systrom, who… read more

The Huffington Post | Best Buy Super Bowl commercial — ad stars tech inventors

February 6, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — February 6, 2012

Best Buy went above any beyond with its Super Bowl commercial, including a wide range of inventors who created so many of the technological devices that are part of our daily lives. They had camera phone inventor Philippe Kahn, text-to-voice creator Ray Kurzwell, all the way to the pioneers to created Words With Friends… and they even spoofed Alec Baldwin’s airplane incident. [...]

New York Times | Beyond human

October 23, 2005

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Source: New York Times — October 23, 2005 | Christopher Caldwell

Many of the fans milling into this year’s postseason baseball games have been wearing authentic major league uniforms, with GUERRERO, say, or OSWALT, stitched on the back. True, society has traditionally encouraged kids to fantasize about what they’ll be as adults. But most of the people I’ve seen in $200 regulation shirts are adults. What they’re fantasizing about is an alternative adult identity for themselves.

Why do they… read more

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Source: Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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Source: The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… read more

H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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Source: H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

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