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The Times | Search engines will be able to flirt with users by 2029

June 14, 2014

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Source: The Times — June 14, 2014 | Hannah Devlin

Speaking at the Exponential Finance conference this week, Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said: “Computers will be at human levels, such that you can have an emotional relationship with them, 15 years from now.” Her was a realistic portrayal of how humans and computers might interact in the future, he said.

The comments suggest that Google, working on a natural language search engine that would allow users to type in questions conversationally and get meaningful responses,… read more

CNBC | Computers will be like humans by 2029: Google’s Ray Kurzweil

June 12, 2014

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Source: CNBC — June 12, 2014 | Cadie Thompson

Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil.

“My timeline is computers will be at human levels, such as you can have a human relationship with them, 15 years from now,” he said at the Exponential Finance conference in New York City, NY, on June 11, 2014.

“When… read more

The Verge | Google futurist Ray Kurzweil and other experts say chatbot didn’t pass Turing test

June 11, 2014

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Source: The Verge — June 11, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes

In a blog post addressing the reports, Ray Kurzweil writes: the fact that there’s a test worth arguing about implies that artificial intelligence is beginning to near the point where it might actually pass a Turing Test, even if these early examples aren’t quite what we imagine the final product looking like.

There’s little doubt that chatbots will continue to trick humans in the future, but there seems… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Weekend Confidential: Ray Kurzweil

May 30, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — May 30, 2014 | Alexandra Wolfe

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read. Next will be the singularity — a term he popularized for the point at which humans and computers will merge.

In 2045, he predicts, human intelligence will be enhanced a billion fold, thanks to high tech brain extensions. As a director of engineering at Google, Mr. Kurzweil is working on getting machines to understand “natural” language. Computers aren’t as good… read more

The Vancouver Sun | Album of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

May 27, 2014

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Source: The Vancouver Sun — May 27, 2014 | Francois Marchand

The track climaxes in club-worthy apotheosis and leads directly into the fantastic titular number “Do It Again,” a bombastic anthem where Robyn sings, “Don’t care what they say. It hurts so good.”

This is where the symbiosis between Royksopp and Robyn conjures the idea that Ray Kurzweil’s singularity is really upon us. [...]

Forbes | Two roads to instant big data

May 26, 2014

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Source: Forbes — May 26, 2014 | Dan Woods

Futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil’s theory about the exponential growth of technology contains an insight that should be of enduring interest to early adopters seeking an edge.

Kurzweil explains that the exponential progress of most areas of technology happens because a long period of development of basic functions is followed by rapid growth in which higher level functions are built on top, leading to even higher… read more

TED | TED Brain Trust

May 24, 2014

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TED | TED Brain Trust: The following members of the TED community serve as a valued source of advice on issues of importance to TED’s future.

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Guardian Liberty Voice | Gennady Stolyarov on transhumanism, Google Glass, Kurzweil and singularity

May 22, 2014

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Source: Guardian Liberty Voice — May 22, 2014 | Rebecca Savastio

We also asked Stolyarov about Google Glass and chief engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil. Stolyarov gave tremendous insight into these issues and more. Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is a transhumanist. He is working toward the Singularity and the day when computers become smarter than people.

There has not been a single technology in recent history that has remained an exclusive preserve of the wealthy, even though many technologies started… read more

Maximum Life Foundation | Extreme longevity goes mainstream

April 22, 2014

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Source: Maximum Life Foundation — April 22, 2014 | David Kekich

In case you missed it, CNN’s Inside Man documentary series ran a segment on April 20, 2014 titled “The Future.” And the “future” topic for this show was nothing less than extreme life extension.

The big takeaway from this program was you don’t need to be an immortality seeker to both enjoy it and benefit from it. It covered the gamut from a complete longevity workup followed by… read more

Daily Mail | Now that’s smart technology: Computer teaches another to play Pac-Man and the student bot eventually beats the teacher

April 2, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — April 2, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths

Computers will soon be able to learn from experience, tell jokes and even flirt, according to Ray Kurzweil, the company’s artificial intelligence expert.

The 66-year-old entrepreneur and futureologist, who predicted the rise of the internet and that a world chess champion would one day be beaten by a computer, has said machines will outsmart their makers by 2029.

In an interview with The Observer, he said, “Myread more

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