Smithsonian | This orb-shaped solar power device works on the cloudiest days

January 8, 2014

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Smithsonian — January 8, 2014 | Tuan C. Nguyen

Nearly six years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that, within 20 years, solar power technology would advance to the point where it would be able to supply all of the world’s energy needs.

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. [...]

New England Cable News | This man is not a cyborg yet

May 31, 2013

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New England Cable News — May 31, 2013 | David Segal

As these videos suggest, scientists are taking tiny, incremental steps toward melding humans and machine all the time.

Ray Kurzweil, the futurist and now Google’s director of engineering, argued in The Singularity Is Near, a 2005 book, that technology is advancing exponentially and that “human life will be irreversibly transformed” to the point that there will be no difference between “human and machine or between physical… read more

Slate | This is your brain on neural implants

November 16, 2012

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Slate — November 16, 2012 | Ray Kurzweil

Are you still you if devices improve your memory, attention span, and other cognitive skills?

You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today’s. While you are sleeping, some group scans your brain and picks up every salient detail. Perhaps they do this with blood cell sized scanning machines traveling in the capillaries of your brain or with some other suitable noninvasive technology, but… read more

Fortune | This is what the world will look like in 2045

June 20, 2013

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Fortune — June 20, 2013 | Clay Dillow

If all that sounds like a fantasy, consider Itskov’s colleagues: speakers at Global Futures 2045 included Church (who pioneered the first truly effective gene sequencing techniques and helped initiate the Human Genome Project), inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil (now engineering chief at Google), X-Prize Foundation founder and far-out tech entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis (current project: asteroid mining), and legendary computer technologist James Martin, who shares a name with the… read more

The Boy Genius Report | This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

June 25, 2014

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The Boy Genius Report — June 25, 2014 | Brad Reed

Google employs visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has written extensively about nanobots.

Kurzweil detailed his plan to live forever with the help of “nanorobots that augment your immune system, reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”

Kurzweil predicted that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll have nanobots injected into our bodies that provide  all proper nutrients, while also… read more

Forbes | This drug company CEO just named her new drug after herself

December 23, 2013

Forbes — December 23, 2013 | Matthew Herper

Which is what makes the name of Orenitram, the new drug approved by United Therapeutics, all the more impressive.

Martine launched United Therapeutics in 1996. United Therapeutics became one of biotech’s great success stories.

United, which has futurist Raymond Kurzweil on its board, has continued to march to the beat of its own rock opera. [...]

PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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PBS NewsHour — February 14, 2011 | Miles O'Brien

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. 

Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert).

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PC Magazine | These robots want out of the lab and into your house

September 30, 2015

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PC Magazine — September 29, 2015 | Sophia Stuart

Boston Consulting Group predicts that consumer robotics will become a $9 billion market by 2025. So it’s no surprise that 1,600 attendees from 29 countries converged on the Robo Business conference — an influential event on business transformation through robotics innovation.

Fittingly for a conference discussing the viability of robotics, the closing keynote was futurist, inventor Ray Kurzweil, author of book The Singularity Is Near, and now a director of engineering at Google, with a focus… read more

Salon | There will be sex in space — Mars, science and the dictates of biology and human culture

April 12, 2015

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Salon — April 12, 2015 | Chris Impey, PhD

The philosophical movement that forms an umbrella for cybernetics and cyborgs is called transhumanism.

Transhumanism is a worldwide cultural and intellectual movement that seeks to use technology to improve the human condition. Radical life extension is one aspect, as is the enhancement of physical and mental capabilities.

Two prominent transhumanists are Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosopher who has assessed various risks to the long… read more

dw2 | The world’s most eminent sociologist highlights the technological singularity

February 20, 2013

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dw2 — February 20, 2013 | David William Wood

Everyone should read the books of Ray Kurzweil, who has recently become an Engineering Director at Google. Kurzweil’s book makes it clear that: Within our lifetimes, human beings will no longer be human beings; there are multiple accelerating rates of change in several different disciplines; The three main disciplines contributing to the singularity are nanotech, AI, and biotech; All are transforming our understanding of the human body and,… read more

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