The Boston Globe | 150 fascinating, fun, important, interesting, lifesaving, life-altering, bizarre and bold ways that MIT has made a difference

May 15, 2011

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The Boston Globe — May 15, 2011 | Sam Allis, et al.

Some were invented at MIT. Others were simply inspired by time spent at MIT. But all of them (well, maybe not #150) have had a profound impact, in one way or another, on society, culture, politics, economics, transportation, health, science, and, oh yes, technology.

In the 150 years since the Commonwealth approved a charter by William Barton Rogers to incorporate the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Society of… read more

Fast Company: Co.Exist | How Stephen Wolfram is preparing for the Singularity

November 30, 2011

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Fast Company: Co.Exist — November 30, 2011 | Neal Ungerleider

 

Computing and mathematics legend Stephen Wolfram is worried about bigger problems than climate change or overpopulation. He just joined the Lifeboat Institute, a think tank devoted to ways of protecting humanity from deadly nanoweapons and rogue artificial intelligences.

The Singularity is a concept, popularized by Ray Kurzweil, that posits human nature will be fundamentally transformed by technology sometime in the not-too-distant future. In books such as The Singularityread more

The Atlantic Wire | The SXSWi power ranking Singularity is here

March 12, 2012

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The Atlantic Wire — March 12, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett

We’re into the Monday doldrums at SXSW. Three straight days of walking and talking and drinking, yet somehow people still feel compelled to go outside and keep talking and walking and drinking. On a weekday! The nerve of this town.

Meanwhile, Skype has paid this “town crier” to read Tweets out loud on the street, making the concept of shouting into the void all too literal. It’s almost… read more

Kirkus Reviews | How to Create a Mind

September 15, 2012

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Kirkus Reviews — September 15, 2012

A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind.

Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, 2005, etc.) bases his prediction on modern insights into how the brain has evolved a hierarchical pattern-recognition structure. We perceive the bare outline of events and reconstruct memories in an ordered sequence, and… read more

Singularity Hub | Ray Kurzweil teams up with Google to tackle artificial intelligence

December 16, 2012

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Singularity Hub — December 16, 2012 | Jason Dorrier

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s accepted a position with technology giant Google as Director of Engineering. Like all things exponential, the new relationship is on the fast track—he starts Monday.

Singularity Hub reached out to Kurzweil to… read more

The Washington Post | On love I just got a really warm kind feeling

March 29, 2013

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The Washington Post — March 29, 2013 | Ellen McCarthy

A chance meeting turns into a chance of a lifetime: Jennifer Hsu and Brent Dearth tried in vain to get friends to accompany them to a lecture by inventor Ray Kurzweil at Sixth and I Synagogue. So each went alone. Two years later, they were married.

After hearing that inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil would be appearing at Sixth and I Synagogue in conjunction with a documentary… read more

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 19, 2013

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Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

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

March 17, 2014

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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

CNET | Your phone will never love you back and you shouldn’t want it to

June 20, 2014

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CNET — June 20, 2014 | Eric Mack

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says our devices will soon process emotions. Super smart futurists like Kurzweil — of  singularity, computer-aided immortality, and Google engineering fame — think that we could soon interact with our devices on an emotional level.

Kurzweil said last week at the Exponential Finance conference. I love Kurzweil and his techno-optimism, but I worry. There’s a crazy paradox in the quest for artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that Kurzweil and… read more

Live Science | How real life AI rivals Chappie, robots get emotional

March 17, 2015

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Live Science — March 17, 2015 | Michael Dhar

In film Chappie, the robot becomes the first droid to experience emotion, sowing chaos and initiating a fight for its own survival.

Famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, who predicts sentient machines by 2029, gives emotional intelligence an important place in that development.

Once robots understand natural language, Kurzweil told Wired, they can be considered conscious.

Others say work on emotion in AI will inevitably lead to feeling machines.… read more

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