Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: can you read 100 million web pages in a few seconds, your robot assistant will

May 11, 2015

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Big Think | Ray Kurzweil has made some strong statements and bold predictions here at Big Think. Among them is the fusion between digital technology and the human body in an event called the singularity, allowing an essentially cloud based consciousness to arise — though hopefully a less aggressive one than the Borg’s.

In our most recent discussion with Kurzweil, he discusses the ability of natural language machines, such… read more

Financial Times | Taking on the smart criminals

April 9, 2015

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Financial Times — April 9, 2015 | Emma Jacobs

Marc Goodman works at Singularity University, the private training center in Silicon Valley founded by Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.

Goodman works with astronauts, roboticists and big data scientists to identify the possible dark side of innovation. “Technology is awesome, our future is going to be amazing, but it’s not going to come for free.” [...]

Solar Power World | Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts solar industry dominance in 12 years

April 27, 2016

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Solar Power World — March 30, 2016 | Steven Bushong

Futurist Ray Kurzweil made a thought provoking presentation at a recent trade show. During his talk he shifted his attention to solar power.

Explaining the accelerating rate of technical progress, Kurzweil said technical developments form very predictable trajectories, and those trajectories are exponential.

Consider the progress of the computing industry, he said. He spoke about his cell phone, which he said is several billion times more powerful per… read more

Society of Automotive Engineers | Futurist Kurzweil discusses acceleration of intelligent technology

April 22, 2015

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Society of Automotive Engineers — April 22, 2015 | Kami Buchholz

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees a remarkable century with autonomous vehicles transporting smarter, healthier persons to various destinations.

“We’re already smarter by the fact that we can access all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more intelligent information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago,” said Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering since 2012.… read more

American Public Media Marketplace | Ray Kurzweil on the surprising simplicity of the human brain

April 5, 2013

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American Public Media Marketplace — April 5, 2013 | David Brancaccio

The federal government wants to spend $100 million to unravel the complex of the human brain. But there’s someone else who’s been thinking a lot about the brain: The legendary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil has done pioneering work in optical character readers, flatbed scanners, electronic keyboards for musicians, and beyond. He has thought a lot about the ways technology and human beings are becoming more intertwined —… read more

Engadget | Futurist Ray Kurzweil, nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

April 22, 2015

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Engadget — April 22, 2015 | Richard Lawler

Ray Kurzweil mentioned the self driving cars his employer Google is working on. On future possibilities of electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, Kurzweil said nanotechnology will provide solutions.

He said “manipulating energy and matter at a molecular level” will be revolutionary.

While relevant nanotechnology is still a decade out, he predicts microscopic fuel cells. Pack millions of them together, and you could have an inexpensive, powerful source… read more

VentureBeat | Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

October 3, 2012

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VentureBeat — October 3, 2012 | Meghan Kelly

“We’re making very discernible progress in AI. It’s quite visceral,” Ray Kurzweil told the audience at the DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

He also made a comment about Apple’s Siri voice assistant and how far it still has to go. Kurzweil was directly involved in creating Nuance, which is the speech-recognition technology behind Siri.

“I think actually the natural language understanding of Siri is fairly weak,”… read more

Forbes | Google’s Engineering Director: 32 years to digital immortality

June 20, 2013

Forbes — June 20 , 2013 | Peter Cohan

It’s been over six months since December 15 when Google hired Ray Kurzweil as its director of engineering — but today, that hire is drawing huge attention thanks to a 2006 book he wrote about digital immortality.

And BusinessInsider reports that his current role at Google is to help its search technology “understand natural language.” ZDNet speculated that Kurzweil could bring buzz to Google: “Kurzweil gives… read more

Singularity University Singularity Hub | Exponential Finance, Ray Kurzweil stresses humanity’s moral imperative in developing artificial intelligence

June 5, 2015

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Singularity University Singularity Hub — June 5, 2015 | David J. Hill

Ray Kurzweil said at the Exponential Finance conference, “We have a moral imperative to continue the promise of artificial intelligence while controlling the peril. I’m optimistic, but we shouldn’t be lulled into a lack of concern.”

Kurzweil’s view contrasts Elon Musk’s, who caused a stir last year when he tweeted, “Worth reading Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom, PhD. We need to be careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”… read more

The Futurist | Reinventing humanity: The future of human-machine intelligence

February 3, 2006
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Ray Kurzweil sees a radical evolution of the human species in the next 40 years. The merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.… read more

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