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EIN News | President Obama was never born at all (humor)

October 26, 2011

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Source: EIN News — October 26, 2011 | Joe Rothstein

The first piece of the puzzle is hidden within a book entitled The Singularity Is Near, by a card-carrying futurist named Ray Kurzweil. The subtitle, and this is extremely important: When Humans Transcend Biology.

The Singularity Is Near makes the case that laboratory-created artificial intelligence will merge with biological evolution in such a way that, to put it in lay terms, robots will take over the world. Biological evolution… read more

The Washington Post | Super Bowl ads: Mobile innovators download in Best Buy Web video series

February 6, 2012

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Source: The Washington Post — February 6, 2012 | Emi Kolawole

Super Bowl ads are a longtime tradition, but this one from Best Buy caught our eye. The ad features innovators who have been changing the mobile technology landscape — a major tool in conquering “Big Data.” The ad featured during the Super Bowl is a shorter version of a much longer Web video.

The entire ad campaign, created by Best Buy to tout their mobile phone and carrier plan selection… read more

Blastr | Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

March 14, 2012

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Source: Blastr — March 14, 2012 | Matthew Jackson

Last week, legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil gave us his take on the failings of science fiction cinema. Now Nick Sagan, son of iconic astronomer and Contact author Carl Sagan, has his own bone to pick with sci-fi filmmakers. Unlike Kurzweil, he’s got only one complaint, but it’s big enough to cover just about every alien invasion flick ever made.

Sagan’s not only the son of one of the… read more

Reason | Here comes artificial intelligence: Ray Kurzweil’s new book imagines man-made minds

November 13, 2012

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Source: Reason — November 13, 2012 | Matthew Feeney

The ongoing acceleration in technology has prompted serious discussions of AI, including the possibility that the “Singularity” — the creation of a greater-than-human intelligence — might occur.

In his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, the futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that we can expect the Singularity by 2045 and that superintelligences will eventually colonize vast swathes of galaxies.

In his latest book, How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil argues… read more

PC Magazine | Google lands futurist Ray Kurzweil

December 14, 2012

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Source: PC Magazine — Decmeber 14, 2012 | Damon Poeter

Google, like many top tech companies is always taking on new employees—but in landing Ray Kurzweil this week, the search giant hasn’t added your run-of-the-mill new hire.

A brilliant technologist who also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned futurists, Kurzweil announced on his blog Friday that he’ll be joining Google on Dec. 17 as a director of engineering. The 64-year-old author and inventor said he… read more

NBC News Cosmic Log | Space X’s Elon Musk and friends look to the far future: Engage warp drive!

April 23, 2013

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Source: NBC News Cosmic Log — April 23, 2013 | Alan Boyle

What will the far future look like? For actor Will Smith and his son Jaden, the next generation could mark a “tipping point” for the environment.

For futurist Ray Kurzweil, solar power is the solution to our energy ills. But for a look at the really far future, turn to Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

He’s already thinking about spreading out from Earth to… read more

NPR | First watch: Ra Ra Riot “Binary Mind”

August 28, 2013

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Source: NPR — August 12, 2013 | Robin Hilton

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot’s latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song “Binary Mind,” the merging of computers and human brains.

In a new video for the track, the band members’ disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

Ra Ra Riot frontman… read more

Daily Mail | Johnny Depp undergoes radical cyber transformation in his quest to become immortal in paranoid teaser for Transcendence

December 24, 2013

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Source: Daily Mail — December 21, 2013

The same day three other clips for the film were released, highlighting the futurist angle of the film, which appears to have been modeled after the thoughts of singularity theorist Ray Kurzweil.

Freeman in one of the accompanying trailers states: “For two million years human beings have evolved more than any other species in existence.

“But what if all our knowledge and all our achievements could beread more

Reuters | Google to buy artificial intelligence company DeepMind

January 30, 2014

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Source: Reuters — January 27, 2014 | Alexei Oreskovic, Greg Roumeliotis

Google, which is working on projects including self-driving cars and robots, has become increasingly focused on artificial intelligence in recent years.

In 2012, it hired Ray Kurzweil, considered one of the leading minds in the field, and in May it announced a partnership with NASA and several universities to launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. [...]

Fortune | The world’s 50 greatest leaders: Peter Diamandis

March 1, 2014

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Source: Fortune — March 2014

In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better.

43. Peter Diamandis | Age 52, CEO, X Prize Foundation

Apart from the 14 other companies he has founded, Diamandis presides over X Prize Foundation, which hosts $10 million competitions to… read more

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