Blastr | Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

March 14, 2012

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Blastr — March 14, 2012 | Matthew Jackson

Last week, legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil gave us his take on the failings of science fiction cinema. Now Nick Sagan, son of iconic astronomer and Contact author Carl Sagan, has his own bone to pick with sci-fi filmmakers. Unlike Kurzweil, he’s got only one complaint, but it’s big enough to cover just about every alien invasion flick ever made.

Sagan’s not only the son of one of the… read more

The Huffington Post | Kurzweil at Techonomy: artificial intelligence is empowering all of humanity

November 12, 2012

The Huffington Post — November 12, 2012 | Adrienne Burke

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards. He’s also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of humans and computers, which he describes in his book The Singularity Is Near. And in a forthcoming book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Humanread more

TechEye | Google needs British intelligence

January 27, 2014

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TechEye — January 27, 2014 | Nick Farrell

It looks like DeepMind’s founders will join futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil is working on a search engine so advanced that it could act like a “cybernetic friend.” So far though there has not been much in print about what exactly DeepMind’s AI tech does. [...]

TED | TED 2014 newsmakers: Ray Kurzweil on the year computers will surpass humans, Bill and Melinda Gates seek a better condom design

March 11, 2014

TED — March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Jacobs

With just one week left to go until TED 2014, our speakers are putting the final touches on their talks. But that’s hardly all they’ve been up to. This week, check out which speaker has a bold prediction about artificial intelligence, which one put out a call for a more creative condom design, which one wrote about the science of goat arousal and which launched a defense… read more

TED | What might the future hold? Predictions at TED 1984 to 2014

March 24, 2014

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TED — March 24, 2014

TED | Predictions are a mug’s game. Nonetheless, many TED speakers have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like.

This video takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Forbes | No one needs to fear Facebook M for a good while

December 2, 2015

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Forbes — November 30, 2015 | Paul Armstrong

I’m intrigued by Facebook M — the artificial intelligence human oversight product that will eventually be part of, or become, Facebook’s Messenger application. There are a lot of positive words being written about the program but M is not likely to be real AI for some time. Most confuse machine learning for artificial intelligence.

Machine learning counts as AI, but not all AI counts as machine learning. Machine learning is a… read more

NPR The Diane Rehm Show | Diane Rehm interviews Ray Kurzweil: The Age of Spiritual Machines

November 23, 2005

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NPR The Diane Rehm Show — November 23, 2005 | Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm of National Public Radio talks with Ray Kurzweil about his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. The inventor and futurist talks about the day when humans will transcend their biological roots. Click below to hear the interview.

Big Think | Advances in holographic technology could have far-reaching implications

November 9, 2010

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Big Think — November 9, 2010 | Michio Kaku

Back in July, a team at Tokyo University was one of the first groups to successfully create a system of touchable holograms. If you had a hologram of a small red ball, for example, you could essentially interact with it.

The ball would know when it was near your hand and would appear to bounce off of it. When this technology first made news, it was compared… read more

Forbes | Back to the futurist

February 23, 2011

Forbes — February 23, 2011 | Andy Greenberg

For 30 years Ray Kurzweil has been preaching the artificial intelligence gospel. As computers drive cars and play “Jeopardy,” are we on track to reach his cybertopia?

Andy Greenberg: You’ve predicted that by 2045 accelerating progress in technology means we’ll build a computer — the so-called singularity — powerful enough to let us upload and replicate our brains, essentially becoming immortal. Are we on schedule?

Ray Kurzweil: With… read more

io9 | Will Ray Kurzweil make Roland Emmerich’s Singularity movie even more unrealistic than 2012?

November 10, 2011

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io9 — November 10, 2011 | Charlie Jane Anders

Roland Emmerich has pushed bad science to its limit before, most notably with the amazing 2012. But for his upcoming movie Singularity, he’s actually enlisting the help of Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, to help him revise the script.

On the one hand, this means the movie will accurately reflect Kurzweil’s theories about a magical transformation in which everything becomes awesome thanks to A.I. and other breakthroughs.… read more

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