November 6, 2001
Wired — April 2001 | Paul Boutin
Change is accelerating. And so is the acceleration. Say good-bye to the future as we know it.… read more
JavaOne Conference Proceedings — September 23, 2010
Also see the JavaOne wrap-up article: “Extreme Technologies at an Extreme Event: The 2010 JavaOne Conference was rich in ideas, innovation, and entertainment.”
Transcript of Ray Kurzweil keynote for Oracle’s JavaOne Conference 2010: “The Age of Embedded Computing, Everywhere.”
I started using computers in 1960, that is 50 years ago. I was 12 years old. That’s not so amazing today, but it was… read more
PBS Need to Know — February 16, 2011 | Lauren Feeney
Author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously and accurately predicted that a computer would beat a man at chess by 1998, that technologies that help spread information would accelerate the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that a worldwide communications network would emerge in the mid 1990s (i.e. the Internet).
Most of Kurzweil’s prognostications are derived from his law of accelerating returns — the idea that information technologies progress… read more
Vice — April 14, 2009 | Rocco Castoro
In the year 2050, if Ray Kurzweil is right, nanoscopic robots will be zooming throughout our capillaries, transforming us into nonbiological humans.
We will be able to absorb and retain the entirety of the universe’s knowledge, eat as much as we want without gaining weight, shape-shift into just about any physical form imaginable, live free from disease, and die at the time of our choosing.
All of this will be thrust on us… read more
NRF Retail's Big Blog — February 6, 2012 | Kathy Grannis
To dish out his own thoughts on the winners of last night’s mega-expensive, ultra-territorial Super Bowl commercial showdown, RAMA’s Executive Director Mike Gatti, in his third annual “Top 5 Commercials” blog post, puts a few things into perspective.
Check out his top picks below:
Best Buy — Best Buy’s “Innovators” brings… read more
Business Insider — April 25, 2013 | Megan Rose Dickey
Kurzweil, who joined Google at the end of last year as director of engineering, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. He’s also been called “the ultimate thinking machine.”
Now, he’s bringing his ultimate thinking machine to Google, where he’s working on a system that can truly understand natural language.
“Search has moved beyond just finding keywords,… read more
The Washington Post — August 1, 2013 | Dominic Basulto
A generation from now, the idea of going to the office may become very quaint. As with any shift in society, such as the rise of the mobile “officeless office,” you can choose to view the glass as half-full or half-empty. You can pine for the demise of the cubicle and corner office, seeing it as a further erosion of middle-class life in America.
Or, you… read more
The Business of Fashion — November 22, 2013 | Vikram Alexei Kansara
This was the main thrust of a recent conference in Budapest, organised by the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based learning institution, founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and sponsored by Google, Nokia, the X Prize Foundation, Genentech and others.
By 2020, Ray Kurzweil predicts that we’ll start to see 3D printing of clothing. This will create a new market for “open source” apparel that can be downloaded and printed at incredibly… read more
Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen
His optimistic forecast wasn’t too far-fetched considering that the amount of energy Earth receives in just one hour would be enough to power humans’ lives for an entire year. [...]
The New York Times — April 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
“Money is a very interesting philosophical idea in that we have all of humanity agreeing on this system,” said Ray Kurzweil. “So even though we may radically disagree on some things — like let’s say the U.S. government and Al Qaeda — they both respect money. So it’s remarkable how we have this universal respect for this very esoteric virtual construct.”
Mr. Kurzweil is not sure how easy… read more