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

February 6, 2012

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Source: 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

The Huffington Post | Best Buy Super Bowl commercial — ad stars tech inventors

February 6, 2012

Source: The Huffington Post — February 6, 2012

Best Buy went above any beyond with its Super Bowl commercial, including a wide range of inventors who created so many of the technological devices that are part of our daily lives. They had camera phone inventor Philippe Kahn, text-to-voice creator Ray Kurzwell, all the way to the pioneers to created Words With Friends… and they even spoofed Alec Baldwin’s airplane incident. [...]

New York Times | Beyond human

October 23, 2005

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Source: New York Times — October 23, 2005 | Christopher Caldwell

Many of the fans milling into this year’s postseason baseball games have been wearing authentic major league uniforms, with GUERRERO, say, or OSWALT, stitched on the back. True, society has traditionally encouraged kids to fantasize about what they’ll be as adults. But most of the people I’ve seen in $200 regulation shirts are adults. What they’re fantasizing about is an alternative adult identity for themselves.

Why do they… read more

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Source: Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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Source: The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… read more

H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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Source: H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

Motherboard | Brain cells may live longer when not tied to their weakling, mortal flesh

February 27, 2013

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Source: Motherboard — February 27, 2013 | Austin Considine

In an interview last year with Motherboard’s Derek Mead, professor Kevin Warwick described an experiment in which he and a team of scientists created a very simple, two-dimensional, living brain of about 100,000 neurons and connected it to robots (a human brain, by contrast, approaches 100 billion).

It’s just a matter of time, he suggests, before scientists can build one in 3-D that’s much bigger. He also thinks… read more

Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 27, 2014

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Source: Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread more

The Times of India | By 2029, computers will match human intelligence: Ray Kurzweil

August 13, 2013

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Source: The Times of India — August 13, 2013 | Subodh Varma

What is ‘Artificial Intelligence’? Do you include human emotions in ‘intelligence’ or in ‘consciousness’?

Artificial Intelligence is the science of creating computers that can perform tasks that we associate with human intelligence. Our ability to understand and respond appropriately to high level emotions is the cutting edge of human intelligence and the most intelligent thing that we do.

Being funny or loving or sexy… read more

Forbes | Calling all transhumanists

October 2, 2009

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Source: Forbes — October 2, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

The Singularity is not yet here, but its annual conference is, uniting futurists and their man-machine dreams. Technology futurists love to talk about the Singularity as the point in time when technology starts to progress so rapidly that machine intelligence melds with and surpasses human intelligence. It is to futurists what the Rapture is to fundamentalist Christians.… read more

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