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Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Source: Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.

The Economist | The Economist’s Innovation Award for Computing and Telecommunications given to pioneer Raymond Kurzweil

October 13, 2009

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Source: The Economist — October 13, 2009

[...] The Economist is delighted to recognise Raymond Kurzweil, founder of Kurzweil Computer Products and Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, as this year’s winner in the category Computing and Telecommunications.

Previous winners in this category include Matti Makkonen, former Executive Vice Pesident, Sonera, for his work on Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging, and Mike Lazaridis, founder of Research in Motion, for the development of the BlackBerry mobile… read more

Forbes | Ray Kurzweil: Look to cybersecurity to fight human pandemics

February 23, 2011

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Source: Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

Ray Kurzweil may be the world’s most prominent techno-optimist. The 63-year old futurist and artificial intelligence guru believes, famously, that by 2045 humans will build a computer capable of replicating and storing the human mind — what he calls the “singularity” — essentially allowing our mental selves to live on indefinitely.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Kurzweil takes an equally sunny view of cybersecurity,  in contradiction to the… read more

Time: Techland | The Singularity storms SXSW: Ray Kurzweil, Lev Grossman to present keynote at interactive festival

November 21, 2011

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Source: Time: Techland — November 21, 2011 | Allie Townsend

Exclusive: Futurist and singularity expert Ray Kurzweil will join best-selling author and Time senior writer Lev Grossman for a special keynote conversation to be held at this spring’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

What happens when the wits of machines surpass the intelligence of the human race? Some say we’ll upload our imaginations into computers, emerging as immortals of the digital space. Others warn that it will trumpet… read more

The Seattle Times | How to Create a Mind: the astonishing organization of the human brain

January 20, 2013

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Source: The Seattle Times — January 20, 2013 | Drew DeSilver

Any book that promises on the cover to reveal “the secret of human thought” is setting the bar pretty high. But if anyone could be expected to pull it off, it’s inventor/futurist/Big Thinker Kurzweil, who’s been ruminating about the possibilities of human/computer convergence for more than 20 years now.

Kurzweil’s new book continues and expands on many of the themes he’s written about in earlier works… read more

The Build Network | Why Moore’s Law is still exponentially relevant

April 1, 2012

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Source: The Build Network — April 2012 | Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

The effects of Moore’s Law add up faster than you think. (Seriously. Let us show you.) Which explains why computers and ‘big data’ are about to transform your competitive landscape.

“It comes from an ancient story about math made relevant to the present by the innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil. In one version of the story, the inventor of the game of chess shows his creation to… read more

Variety | NewFronts: WSJ headlines bigger internet TV push

April 29, 2013

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Source: Variety — April 29, 2013 | Todd Spangler

Among nearly 30 biz execs skedded to participate in “Startup of the Year” as mentors include: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Peter Diamandis, chairman and founder, X Prize Foundation; Carly Fiorina, chairman Good360 and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard; and Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

Company also highlighted WSJ Custom Studios, which will work with advertisers to create specialized video segments with integrated… read more

The Dartmouth | Kurzweil discusses future of tech

November 9, 2012

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Source: The Dartmouth — November 9, 2012 | Charles Rafkin

Kurzweil, inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, founder of Singularity University and the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” according to Forbes, compared medical advances to other technological advances, arguing that biology now is subject to the same law of accelerating returns.

Kurzweil predicted that scientists will soon be able to “reprogram” the information processes that form the foundations of biology. “The brain is… read more

GigaOm | Unraveling the mysteries of life

November 27, 2013

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Source: GigaOm — November 23, 2013 | Tinniam V. Ganesh,

Towards another big bang? With the advances in AI, brain-to-brain interface, our ability to reverse aging and actually halting death, it is likely that our life expectancy will go northward by another 30 -50 years. This may be a logical outcome as long duration space travel becomes a real possibility in the future.

Futurist, Ray Kurzweil, predicts that in another 2 decades by the year 2045, mankind will… read more

Wired | Why Her will dominate UI design even more than Minority Report

January 13, 2014

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Source: Wired — January 13, 2014 | Kyle van Hemert

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze’s new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying to figure out how, exactly, his artificially intelligent female lead should operate, Jonze arrived at a critical insight: Her, he realized, isn’t a movie about technology. It’s a movie… read more

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