Business Insider | Elon Musk just made it way cheaper to live off solar power

October 8, 2014

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Business Insider — October 8, 2014 | Ajai Raj

Elon Musk-chaired Solar City, the biggest name in residential solar power, is now offering loans to allow their customers to own their solar panels for cheaper than their current lease offerings.

One possible disadvantage to the MyPower program is that solar power, like virtually all technology, is bound to improve dramatically over the next 30 years, dropping in cost and increasing in efficiency.

In fact, futurist Ray… read more

World Economic Forum | What will life be like in 2064?

October 8, 2014

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World Economic Forum — October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell

If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely — in the cloud at least. Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a number of technologists, inventors and futurists who believe that the ability to upload our minds to the web, create virtual bodies, and thereby live forever, is within touching distance.

Kurzweil thinks we’ll achieve digital immortality as soon as 2045, and takes 150 supplements… read more

The Tyee | Innovation is everywhere but what does it mean?

September 27, 2014

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The Tyee — September 27, 2014 | Geoff Dembicki

If anyone can define innovation it’s Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil, two of its leading prophets. Kurzweil, a famed inventor and artificial intelligence theorist, was among the first to foresee the internet’s rise and vast cultural reach. He is a Director of Engineering at Google.

“In about 40 years,” he predicts, “the pace of change is going to be so astonishingly quick that you won’t be able to… read more

Venture Beat | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 21, 2014

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Venture Beat — September 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Reuters | New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 20, 2014

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Reuters — September 20, 2014 | Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

“The $99 app is the result of a four decades long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a… read more

The Washington Post | The coming era of unlimited and free clean energy

September 19, 2014

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The Washington Post — September 19, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years, as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs.

Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target. But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more… read more

Business Insider | The most powerful person in tech at every age

September 18, 2014

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Business Insider — September 18, 2014 | Rebecca Borison

It’s clear that influence in tech comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful people in tech at nearly every age, considering factors like the person’s sphere of influence, clout, and ability to guide the industry, as well as potential for power and wealth. Meet the most powerful people in tech, from age 2 to age 98.

Age 66: Ray Kurzweil | Directorread more

The Vancouver Sun | Simon Fraser University Community Summit brings together world leaders and the folks next door to talk innovation

September 17, 2014

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The Vancouver Sun — September 17, 2014 | Shawn Conner

The Simon Fraser University Community Summit is bringing in two well known big thinkers: CBC host and author Amanda Lang will moderate an evening with Ray Kurzweil and Richard Florida.

One of Google’s chief engineers, Kurzweil will likely address the idea of transhumanism — where people and computers combine to make a greater whole. Well-known urban theorist Florida, who has written about cultural and technological innovation, will discuss… read more

The Verge | Google’s project to cure death, Calico announces $1.5 billion research center

September 3, 2014

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The Verge — Septemeber 3, 2014 | Ben Popper

Google introduced Calico to the world with the bold ambition of curing death. CEO Larry Page, Google Ventures head honcho Bill Maris, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who Google hired as its director of engineering, have all expressed a deep interest in radical life extension and the Singularity.

Larry Page had told Time, “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add… read more

Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 28, 2014

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Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

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