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

December 23, 2013

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

April 13, 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

Fortune | The world’s 50 greatest leaders: Peter Diamandis

March 1, 2014

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Fortune — March 2014

In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better.

43. Peter Diamandis | Age 52, CEO, X Prize Foundation

Apart from the 14 other companies he has founded, Diamandis presides over X Prize Foundation, which hosts $10 million competitions to… read more

Forbes | The world in 2033: Big thinkers and futurists share their thoughts

February 4, 2013

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Forbes — February 4, 2013 | Todd Wilms

On technology: Ray Kurzweil,“20 years from now, biotechnology — reprogramming biology as an information process — will be in a mature phase. We will routinely turn off genes that promote disease and aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be able to add genes that protect us from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

“Major killers… read more

PhysOrg | The world according to Itskov: futurists convene at GF2045

August 9, 2013

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PhysOrg — August 9, 2013 | Stuart Mason Dambrot

The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on transhumanism, a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology.

Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality,  and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals… read more

CNET | The web at 25: How it won the White House and won me back

March 13, 2014

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CNET — March 13, 2014 | Eric Mack

Time is our only truly finite resource, although Google and people like Ray Kurzweil seem to be working to change that.

My time in the wilderness had turned me from the hardest-core digital devotee into someone more like my grandmother, a remarkably well-informed octogenarian who has still never touched a keyboard to this day, at least to my knowledge. [...]

The Wall Street Journal | The Wall Street Journal | Man or machine? Ray Kurzweil on how long it will be before computers can do everything the brain can do

June 29, 2012

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The Wall Street Journal — June 29, 2012

In a wide-ranging interview, Ray Kurzweil and The Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Murray discussed advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and what it means to be human.

They discussed pattern recognizers in our neocortex, machine intelligence (such as Watson), when machines will have human-level intelligence and consciousness (by 2029, the prospects and ethics of human-machine merger, and life extension.

The Conversation | The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

August 20, 2013

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The Conversation — August 20, 2013 | Kathleen Richardson

Ray Kurzweil is another case in point. In books such as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil is forever predicting that we will merge with machines and be able to upload our “complete” consciousness into machines. This idea is emerging as the next big challenge in robotics but it could equally be viewed as a basic feature of human cultural existence.

I’m “uploading”… read more

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