io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.

Frankfurter Allgemeine | Futurist Ray Kurzweil: immortality for all

August 8, 2011

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Frankfurter Allgemeine — August 8, 2011 | Jordan Mejias

[ Translated from German ] Ray Kurzweil works tirelessly to lead the way to eternal life. In 2029, predicts the American author and inventor, the human brain and computers will merge.

He is sixty-three years old and is looking forward to the next century and further. He swallows daily one hundred and fifty pills, can regularly refresh intravenously, toughens his body in the gym and takes only… read more

PBS Newshour | PBS Newshour | Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Melding of Man and Machine

July 10, 2012

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PBS Newshour — July 10, 2012

Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been a key voice in our occasional series on the future of technology. The latest installment on the advent of immortality debuted here on Making Sen$e July 9.

As with economist Paul Krugman, our extended interview with Kurzweil included many fascinating bits that didn’t make the final cut. So we continue Tuesday with one of them — a closer look at what Kurzweil… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil — How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

November 27, 2012

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NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 27, 2012 | Diane Rehm

Inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil has long predicted humans will one day be able to transcend the limitations of their biology. In a new book, Kurzweil explains why that day is coming sooner than we might think.

He argues that the expansion of the brain’s neocortex was the last biological evolution man needed to make. That’s because it is inevitably leading to “truly intelligent machines,”… read more

Las Vegas Weekly | Q&A: Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Google, reverse engineering the brain and more

January 23, 2013

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Las Vegas Weekly — January 23, 2013 | Mark Adams

I know you were recently snatched up by Google. What are you working on at the moment?

I’ll be working on enabling computers to understand natural language. When you write a news article or a blog post you’re not just creating a bag of words, you’re creating semantic meaning. It’s remarkable how search works, but it could be even more powerful if it understood the key… read more

The Georgia Straight | DOXA 2013: Google and the World Brain considers the internet as a sentient thing

May 2, 2013

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The Georgia Straight — May 2, 2013 | Adrian Mack

It might sound silly to you or I, but Ray Kurzweil prays for machine intelligence. Kurzweil is popularly known as one of the high priests of transhumanism, or the belief that technology will eventually supersede human biology. He shows up in Google and the World Brain to explain the so-called singularity, or that moment in time — in 2045, if Kurzweil is right — when machines finally outpace human intelligence. After… read more

Big Think | You can predict the future, and you must

June 4, 2013

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Big Think — June 4, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

When I do mentoring and early stage investing, one obvious thing I look for is that people incorporate a model of the future into their business plans. All too often we get plans which have this common assumption that the future’s going to be just like today.

Yes, we’ve had a lot of change up until now, but then people’s imagination leaves them and they assume… read more

Mashable | Why Her is the best movie ever made about the singularity

January 15, 2014

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Mashable — January 15, 2014 | Adario Strange

Popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge as well as inventor and now Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, the singularity is a theoretical point in future history when artificial intelligences exceed the power of the human mind, become self-aware and dramatically change the balance of power on the planet while simultaneously transforming the very nature of humanity itself.

Google recently doubled down on the idea of using… read more

CNET | Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 20, 2014

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CNET — June 20, 2014 | Eric Mack

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and… read more

Live Science | How real life AI rivals Chappie, robots get emotional

March 17, 2015

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Live Science — March 17, 2015 | Michael Dhar

In film Chappie, the robot becomes the first droid to experience emotion, sowing chaos and initiating a fight for its own survival.

Famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts sentient machines by 2029, gives emotional intelligence an important place in that development.

Once robots understand natural language, Kurzweil told Wired, they can be considered conscious.

Others say work on emotion in AI will inevitably lead to feeling machines.… read more

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