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Pew Research Center | To count our days: the scientific and ethical dimensions of radical life extension

August 25, 2013

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Source: Pew Research Center — August 6, 2013 | David Masci

Some experts believe aging ultimately will be conquered by engineers and computer scientists rather than biomedical researchers.

Ray Kurzweil, an American computer scientist and inventor whose work has led to the development of everything from checkout scanners at supermarkets to text-reading machines for the blind, says that what might seem outlandish today eventually will become possible because technological change is exponential rather than linear, meaning that… read more

Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 13, 2014

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Source: Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]

New England Cable News | This man is not a cyborg yet

May 31, 2013

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Source: New England Cable News — May 31, 2013 | David Segal

As these videos suggest, scientists are taking tiny, incremental steps toward melding humans and machine all the time.

Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and now Google’s director of engineering, argued in The Singularity Is Near, a 2005 book, that technology is advancing exponentially and that “human life will be irreversibly transformed” to the point that there will be no difference between “human and machine or between physical… read more

Slate | This is your brain on neural implants

November 16, 2012

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Source: Slate — November 16, 2012 | Ray Kurzweil

Are you still you if devices improve your memory, attention span, and other cognitive skills?

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today’s. While you are sleeping, some group scans your brain and picks up every salient detail. Perhaps they do this with blood cell sized scanning machines traveling in the capillaries of your brain or with some other suitable noninvasive technology, but… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Source: Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

The Boy Genius Report | This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

June 26, 2014

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Source: The Boy Genius Report — June 25, 2014 | Brad Reed

Google employs visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written extensively about nanobots.

Kurzweil detailed his plan to live forever with the help of “nanorobots that augment your immune system, reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil predicted that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll have nanobots injected into our bodies that provide  all proper nutrients, while also… read more

Forbes | This drug company CEO just named her new drug after herself

December 23, 2013

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Source: Forbes — December 23, 2013 | Matthew Herper

Which is what makes the name of Orenitram, the new drug approved by United Therapeutics, all the more impressive.

Martine launched United Therapeutics in 1996. United Therapeutics became one of biotech’s great success stories.

United, which has futurist Raymond Kurzweil on its board, has continued to march to the beat of its own rock opera. [...]

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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Source: PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

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Source: dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and,… read more

Fortune | The world’s 50 greatest leaders: Peter Diamandis

March 1, 2014

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Source: Fortune — March 2014

In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better.

43. Peter Diamandis | Age 52, CEO, X Prize Foundation

Apart from the 14 other companies he has founded, Diamandis presides over X Prize Foundation, which hosts $10 million competitions to… read more

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