BBC News | Where tech and philosophy collide

August 12, 2009

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BBC News — August 12, 2009 | Iain Mackenzie

Critics of transhumanism say it will lead to a world where the wealthy have access to life extending and enhancing innovations, while the poor languish with unmodified, “Mark 1″ human bodies….Technology is affordable only by the wealthy when it doesn’t work very well,” counters Ray Kurzweil. “By the time it is perfected it ends up being extremely inexpensive.

Consider mobile phones; only the wealthy could afford them when they… read more

Forbes | Calling all transhumanists

October 2, 2009

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

Grasshopper Group LLC | The future is now: infographic

January 26, 2011

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Grasshopper Group LLC — January 26, 2011 | Grasshopper Group LLC

Described by Forbes magazine as “the ultimate thinking machine”, American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil published volumes of insightful predictions about the technology-driven future that we are currently living in.

 Here, we explore which of his major forecasts came to fruition and what he sees in store for our destiny beyond.

The Independent | Revenge of the nerds: Should we listen to futurists or are they leading us towards ‘nerdocalypse’?

September 12, 2010

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The Independent — September 12, 2010 | Mike Hodgkinson

Over the following two days, in the conference hall at the Hyatt Regency hotel, these and other invited experts add their latest insights and thoughts to a concept first suggested in the 1950s by information theorist John von Neumann, expanded on during the 1980s and 1990s by computer scientist Vernor Vinge, and carried enthusiastically through to the 21st century by current singularitarian-in-chief, inventor Ray Kurzweil.

The singularity is… read more

William Hertling's Thoughtstream | Ray Kurzweil SXSW keynote: expanding our intelligence without limit

March 12, 2012

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream — March 12, 2012 | William Hertling

Notes on Ray Kurzweil’s SXSW keynote, from March 12, 2012 | “Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit”  [#sxsw #IQExpand]

  • Background
    • Written 4 bestselling books
    • 19 honorary doctorates
    • Honored by multiple U.S. Presidents
    • Tons of inventions
  • The hippie movement morphed into silicon valley movement. What we have today is the democratization of technology.
  • You

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Digital Trends | Will the Willy Wonka of technology help Google usher in a new future?

December 20, 2012

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Digital Trends — December 20, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Google has hired famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Will he be a figurehead, or a driving force at the company?

Internet giant Google has made a very high-profile hire, bringing famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil on board as the company’s new director of engineering. Interestingly, the announcement wasn’t made by Google but by Kurzweil himself on his own site,… read more

Fort Mill Times | SVForum announces technology industry leaders and pioneers receiving 2013 Visionary Awards at June 26 event

June 5, 2013

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Fort Mill Times — June 5, 2013

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, X-Prize Foundation’s Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior to be honored. SVForum, the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced its 16th annual Visionary Award recipients:

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, author and academician
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X-Prize Foundation
  • Ray Kurzweil, Director

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Houston Chronicle | Operating system with heart powers Her

January 8, 2014

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Houston Chronicle — January 8, 2014 | Jessica Zack

Jonze said he found some inspiration from the writings of the futurist thinker (and director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil.

But he bats away attempts to read into his film any overt messages about technology’s increasing claim on our time and personal lives.

“All the ideas about technology in our lives are certainly interesting, but that’s not where my heart was in making this.

“That sort… read more

The Independent | Spike Jonze interview: Her is my boy meets computer movie

January 31, 2014

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The Independent — January 31,2014 | James Mottram

Admitting he’s fascinated by the evolution of computers (“Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?” he ponders), his research took him from reading futurist Ray Kurzweil to watching TED talks on developing technologies.

But as much as Her deals with our increasing reliance on digital companions, it moves away from that as Ted gradually becomes intimate with his OS, who names herself Samantha. [...]

Igloo Animations | What is singularity in one minute with Ray Kurzweil

March 25, 2014

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Igloo Animations | This audio is taken from documentary film Transcendent Man. Igloo cut the audio to explain what the technological singularity is, in one minute.

Igloo Animations creates multimedia content. Established by director Trevor Courtney, Igloo is an award-winning animation studio and created Gimme the Short Version, which makes complex topics easy to digest, presents information clearly and simply and informs with bite-size visual chunks.

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