The Washington Post | We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

July 21, 2014

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The Washington Post — July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

In The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate with futurist Ray Kurzweil about the jobless future.

In his debate with me, Kurzweil said: “Automation always eliminates more jobs than it creates if you only look at the circumstances narrowly surrounding the automation. That’s what the Luddites saw in the early 19th century in the textile industry in England. The new jobs came from… read more

Forbes | Do humans live too long?

July 16, 2014

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Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen

Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most famous immortalist, insisting there is no reason to believe death can’t be stopped or reversed, a feat that would only contribute to overall human productivity.

“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more

The New York Times | Silicon Valley sharknado

July 8, 2014

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The New York Times — July 8, 2014 | Maureen Down

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s 66-year-old director of engineering, is running a Manhattan project to push AI to match human intelligence by 2029 and achieve his vision of “the singularity” — the moment when computers overtake human brains — by 2045. The robots will even be able to flirt, he says.

Kurzweil and Google will try to encode that information to “really try to teach it to

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CNN | Meet Google’s futurist-in-chief

June 27, 2014

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CNN — June 27, 2014 | James O'Toole

Ray Kurzweil was looking for an investment in a company he was planning, on reverse-engineering the brain. Page invited him to do it at Google instead.

At Google I/O he said we’ll be 3D printing clothing by 2020, and hopes to achieve “functional immortality” by uploading his consciousness to a computer.

He said supercomputers provide the processing power to match the calculations the brain makes each second.… read more

Motherboard | Ray Kurzweil says we’ll be 3D printing our clothes in less than 10 years

June 26, 2014

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Motherboard — June 26, 2014 | Max Cherney

As noted futurist Ray Kurzweil said at Google’s I/O conference yesterday, the hype, while partly a result of the boom-bust-recovery theory of capitalism, should be taken seriously.

In ten years, you’re probably going to print your own clothes for a few cents, he told the audience.

Kurzweil said transnational fashion enterprises aren’t into it because, like other industries, they’re afraid their bottom line is going to suffer. [...]… read more

Gigaom | Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

June 26, 2014

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Gigaom — June 26, 2014 | Signe Brewster

Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second. At the Google I/O conference, Kurzweil described how the brain is made up of a series of increasingly more abstract parts.

Kurzweil said each new application is a part of the greater effort to develop AI.

When computers do reach… read more

International Business Times | Where to watch Google I/O 2014 live stream of tech giant’s big annual event

June 25, 2014

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International Business Times — June 25, 2014 | Thomas Halleck

While many Google I/O 2014 sessions are targeted at software developers, several of them may interest the general Google, science or technology fan.

Scientist Ray Kurzweil will host a talk on artificial intelligence at I/O 2014 called “Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligence,” which Google will live stream worldwide. [...]

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

June 25, 2014

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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

CNN | Google touts Android TV, smartwatches and cars

June 25, 2014

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CNN — June 25, 2014 | James O'Toole

Google’s Android software is about to make the leap. The tech giant unveiled a new watch, as well as ways for Android to be used for television and cars at its annual I/O conference for software developers.

In addition to the product focused events, this year’s gathering includes a futuristic lecture from Ray Kurzweil, the sci-fi author and inventor who heads Google’s machine intelligence efforts. [...]

BBC | Should we fear the robots of the future?

June 24, 2014

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BBC — June 24, 2014 | Peter Day

Some futurologists, notably the American Ray Kurzweil, predict that moment in the 2050s when artificial intelligence might outstrip its human counterpart, and then go on getting better.

It follows the computer power expansion laid down in 40 years ago in Moore’s law: a doubling of the power on a silicon chip every two years. [...]

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