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The Sunday Times | Hi, I’m Watson, the tin can smarter than you

February 13, 2011

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Source: The Sunday Times — February 13, 2011 | Tony Allen-Mills

Meet Watson, a talking supercomputer…promise of astonishing new artificial intelligence technology…Squadrons of pilotless drones may soon be joined on the ground by a new warrior breed of remotecontrolled robot fighter.

Ray Kurzweil, a leading U.S. authority on artificial intelligence, agreed with Hawking that human intelligence was “not getting better. [...] Note: This article is available only with subscription.

TechCrunch | Tech Bowl: Best Buy spotlights mobile innovators, founders in Super Bowl spot

February 5, 2012

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Source: TechCrunch — February 5, 2012 | Rip Empson

Every year, Best Buy runs a big Super Bowl spot, and traditionally they go the route of hiring a big celebrity to hawk their brand message. Last year, it was “the Biebs” and Ozzy Osbourne. This year, Best Buy has opted for something a bit different, choosing to highlight innovators and give more than a nod to geeks in its tech-focused Super Bowl ad.

Drew Panayiotou,… read more

Google Think Quarterly | Transgressive Man

April 4, 2012

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Source: 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

SmartPlanet | Ray Kurzweil on smartphones, artificial intelligence and the human brain

November 12, 2012

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Source: SmartPlanet — November 12, 2012 | Andrew Nusca

Inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil tool to the stage here at the Techonomy conference in Tucson to offer his thoughts on a future where humanity is enhanced by technology.

Kurzweil spoke to Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick about his new book on human thought, How to Create a Mind, and the various themes that stem from it. Their talk was varied and at times… read more

Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame | Will we all be like Superman soon?

March 7, 2013

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Source: Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame — March 7, 2013 | Zachary Todd

To elucidate the sorts of innovations we can expect within the next 20 years, I defer to renown futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil (who has arguably the most stunning track-record of technological predictions).

Kurzweil suggests that by 2030 many of our bodies will have nanobots, the size of red blood cells, which are billions of times more powerful than our computers today. These nanobots will be… read more

Tech News Daily | What is the Singularity?

April 29, 2013

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Source: Tech News Daily — April 29, 2013 | Chad Brooks

It wasn’t until Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near, however, that the public started becoming more interested in the theory. In his book, Kurzweil predicts the technological singularity is very much on the horizon and will occur by 2045.

In this new world, Kurzweil believes there will be no clear distinction between human and machine or real reality and virtual reality. In practical terms,… read more

Dow Jones | Introducing WSJ Startup of the Year

May 29, 2013

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INTRODUCING ‘WSJ STARTUP OF THE YEAR’

NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—The Wall Street Journal will be launching ‘WSJ Startup of the Year,’ an episodic video documentary for WSJ Live, the Journal’s online video platform. Slated to premiere June 24, the documentary matches global business leaders and influencers with 25 innovative startups, capturing their stories from startup to success over the course of five months. Throughout the documentary, editors from… read more

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

August 25, 2013

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Source: 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

The Blaze | Inventor Kurzweil: No more disease, aging, printable replacement organs

December 14, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — December 10, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

In an article for CNN, inventor, futurist and author of five books, including one of Glenn Beck’s favorites, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil provided five staggering predictions as to what we could expect in the 2020s and 2030s, including among others major advancements in medicine and 3D printing.

Kurzweil developed the theory of the “Singularity” whereby he predicts that human intelligence and artificial intelligence… read more

Reel Change | The radical, reassuring message of Her

January 16, 2014

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Source: Reel Change — December 22, 2013 | Noah Gittell

Key to any discussion about science-fiction movies, including Spike Jonze’s new film Her, is the concept of “singularity,” the predicted moment when human beings will create true artificial intelligence.

Writers like Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted when this moment will occur (Vinge says 2030, while Kurzweil thinks it will be closer to 2045), but both agree that predicting the course of history after the singularity is impossible… read more

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