Media Post | Twitter buys Whetlab to fast track machine learning efforts

June 18, 2015

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Media Post — June 18, 2015 | Gavin O'Malley

Google and Yahoo have also endeavored to harness deep learning to enhance their services. Futurist and AI expert Ray Kurzweil joined Google in 2013 after Larry Page convinced him to explore concepts in his book How To Create A Mind.

Twitter has just scooped up machine learning start-up Whetlab. Potential applications include object recognition in images and speech processing.

Facebook opened a new AI research lab in Paris… read more

The New York Times | Trying to outrace scientific advances — Almost Human on Fox police show based in the future

November 15, 2013

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The New York Times — November 15, 2013 | Hugh Hart

Mr. Wyman added that his series’s premise draws on the “Singularity” theories of the futurist Ray Kurzweil, who forecasts the merging of flesh, blood and minuscule nanobot devices into self-healing man-machine hybrids.

“Kurzweil talks about how, if you had cancer, you could get a pill the size of a marble containing hundreds of tiny computers programmed to attack your cancer cells,” Mr. Wyman said. “By dinner time, you… read more

The Colorado Springs Independent | Transhuman express

January 16, 2013

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The Colorado Springs Independent — January 16, 2013 | Bill Forman

Futurist inventor Ray Kurzweil blurs the boundaries between man and machine. Futurist forecasting has long been the object of strange fascination. Specific doomsday predictions — whether derived from the Mayan calendar or calculated by Christian radio host Harold Camping — have earned widespread media coverage, prompting no small amount of ridicule and what almost seemed like disappointment the day after.

As the Amazing Criswell dramatically intoned at the beginning… read more

Google Think Quarterly | Transgressive Man

April 4, 2012

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Google Think Quarterly — April 4, 2012 | Cyrus Shahrad

Prophet, futurist, or catalyst of chaos? Ray Kurzweil believes that innovations in biogenetics and nanotechnology are creating a new future for humanity, but could they just as easily destroy us all?

There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then-17-year-old’s appearance on panel show I’ve Got a Secret. Suited and smiling, exuding the… read more

Business Wire | Transforming Big Data into fast data at Global Directions Conference

August 13, 2013

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Business Wire — August 13, 2013 | Kodak

Conference sessions will build on the “Fast Data for Fast Business” theme with case studies and best practices from CIOs, CMOs and prominent executives from high-profile brands, companies and government agencies including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LexisNexis, the Atlanta Falcons, the U.S. Department of the Interior and Equifax.

Their presentations will provide real-world examples to help attendees understand how to overcome the challenges of information management,… read more

NY Daily News | Top futurist, Ray Kurzweil, predicts how technology will change humanity by 2020

December 13, 2009

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NY Daily News — December 13th, 2009 | Ray Kurzweil

As we approach the end of the first decade of the new millennium, let’s consider what life will be like a decade hence. Changes in our lives from technology are moving faster and faster. The telephone took 50 years to reach a quarter of the U.S. population. Search engines, social networks and blogs have done that in just a few years time. Consider that Facebook started as… read more

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

August 6, 2013

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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 8, 2014

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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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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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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

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