The Guardian | Artificial intelligence, how clever do we want our machines to be?

November 29, 2014

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The Guardian — November 29, 2014 | Alex Hern

How do you fight such an AI? The only way that would work, according to some AI theorists such as Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google, is to beat it to the punch. Humans have to try to build a smart AI before they make one accidentally. They have to think about ethics first — and then program that into it.

So long as Silicon Valley companies… read more

CBC | Artificial intelligence, human brain to merge in 2030s, says futurist Kurzweil

November 2, 2015

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CBC — June 9, 2015 | Solomon Israel

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, says we’re close to linking our brains with AI. Science fiction has a long tradition of pitting artificial intelligence (AI) against humanity in a struggle for dominance.

Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist and inventor, envisions a more cooperative future. He says the human brain will soon merge with computer networks to form a hybrid artificial intelligence. “In the 2030s we’re going to connect directly from the… read more

The Washington Post | Artificial intelligence: our final invention?

December 18, 2013

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The Washington Post — December 18, 2013 | Matt Miller

This spring Hollywood will weigh in with Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher targeted by violent extremists who think we’re crossing a Rubicon that will be a disaster for humanity.

A few years ago I read chunks of Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near. Kurzweil argued that what sets our age apart from all previous ones is the accelerating pace of technological advance.

This… read more

Financial Times | As Intel co-founder’s law slows, a rethinking of the chip is needed

August 10, 2015

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Financial Times — July 16, 2015 | Richard Waters

Rather than doubling the number of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years — the rate of progress since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made his famous prediction Moore’s law 50 years ago — the period has stretched out to two and a half years.

That will have a deep effect on technology. It implies the chip industry’s extra computing power, over the next decade, will be only half what it would… read more

CNN | At TED, miracles and fears

March 21, 2014

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CNN — March 21, 2014 | Richard Galant

CNN | Inventor Ray Kurzweil looked two decades ahead to a time when, he argued, people will use nanobots to connect the capillaries of their brains to the cloud, merging biological thinking with artificial intelligence and enabling a leap in human capabilities equivalent to the great advances of millions of years of evolution.

The 30th anniversary gathering for the organization built around the subjects of its acronym –… read more

AudioFile | Audiobook review: How to Create a Mind

March 1, 2013

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AudioFile — March 2013

The futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil says that understanding how human brains process information will allow powerful computers to think like we do and address some of humankind’s greatest challenges.

He explains higher-level thinking as being organized in pattern-recognizing neuron clusters that are wired together in hierarchical layers in the cortex. These layers use broad categories to sort diverse data and thus create a system… read more

Forbes | Back to the futurist

February 23, 2011

Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

For 30 years Ray Kurzweil has been preaching the artificial intelligence gospel. As computers drive cars and play “Jeopardy,” are we on track to reach his cybertopia?

Andy Greenberg: You’ve predicted that by 2045 accelerating progress in technology means we’ll build a computer — the so-called singularity — powerful enough to let us upload and replicate our brains, essentially becoming immortal. Are we on schedule?

Ray Kurzweil: With… read more

Media Post | Because of Uber, self-driving cars will be everywhere and soon

August 31, 2015

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Media Post — August 28, 2015 | Kaila Colbin

Bill Gates thinks Uber has the best shot at dominating the autonomous vehicle industry. I’ve become little obsessed with exponentially accelerating technology of late. I spent a week at Singularity University, fully indoctrinated into the cult of inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

As long as Uber is around, flush with cash and hugely ambitious, autonomous vehicles will continue their doubling trend, ultimately becoming better than driver vehicles and much… read more

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Bessemer names Ethan Kurzweil, Jeff Epstein partners

January 24, 2013

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Silicon Valley Business Journal — January 24, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

Jeff Epstein, the former chief financial officer at Oracle, and Ethan Kurzweil, son of futurist and Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, are among six new partners named at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Kurzweil has been with Bessemer’s Menlo Park office for four years and focuses on investments in cloud computing, consumer web and mobile technologies and drives the firm’s roadmap on developer platforms. [...]

New Mexico Business Weekly | Best Buy Super Bowl ad praised for focus on innovators

February 6, 2012

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New Mexico Business Weekly — February 6, 2012

Best Buy Co. Inc.’s decision to use its Super Bowl ad to spotlight innovators who helped change how cell phones are used (and snuck itself onto the list) was received pretty well, at least by media types.

Cnet called it the best tech-centered ad of the first half of the game. It featured people like Philippe Kahn, who built one of the first camera phones, and Kevin Systrom, who… read more

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