PC Magazine | VCs Push for ‘Disruptive Innovation’ at GoingGreen

October 13, 2010

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PC Magazine — October 13, 2010 | Michael J. Miller

Two of the best-known venture capital investors spoke at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference this afternoon, with both Steve Jurveston of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures very positive on cleantech investments, but taking very different views on the specifics.

Jurveston talked about how he thought entrepreneurship drives all major changes on the planet. He said two-thirds of Dow Jones Industrial Average companies were founded during a… read more

EnlightenNext | Chasing immortality: The technology of eternal life

September 1, 2005

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EnlightenNext — September 2005 | Craig Hamilton

The allure of eternal life has been tugging at the human imagination since we first began to contemplate our finitude. From The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest known literary work on earth to the Taoist cult of immortality to Ponce de Leon’s quest for the elixir of unending youth, the desire to free ourselves from the Grim Reaper’s grasp has proven as persistent as the force it aspires to counter.… read more

The Six Epochs of Life — a mural by Nick Mayer inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near

February 21, 2012

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The Six Epochs of Life mural was commissioned by Martine and Bina Rothblatt in the summer of 2008 to be painted on a bare concrete wall at Estate Marbina Abenaki’s Terasem Center of Critical Consciousness.

The primary wish that the Rothblatts had for the mural was that it illustrate the Six Epochs of Life described in chapter one of Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.

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We Blog the World | Singularity University, Women at the Frontier and 10 Incredible Women Design the Future

July 31, 2012

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We Blog the World — July 31, 2012

Singularity University held an event in conjunction with Women@TheFrontier at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley last week.

The program: “Designing the Future 2012″ brought together some of today’s female game-changers who are designing the future and disrupting the status quo.

Women@TheFrontier’s Susan Fonseka-Klein and KristinaMaria T-Gutierrez introduced inspirational women who had one heart warming story after another to share.

NASA’s Yvonne Cagle also paid a sentimental tribute to astronaut Sally Ride who passed away on July… read more

The Verge | How Larry Page and the Knowledge Graph helped Ray Kurzweil decide to join Google

March 20, 2013

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The Verge — March 20, 2013 | Nathan Ingraham

It’s been a few months since noted author, futurist and AI guru Ray Kurzweil joined Google, and Singularity Hub has interviewed him to catch up on how his machine learning projects are going thus far.

While Kurzweil said his projects haven’t progressed too far at this point, he did reveal some details on how he ended up at Google in the first place.

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Next Big Future | Quantum machine learning singularity from Google, Kurzweil and D-Wave?

May 16, 2013

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Next Big Future — May 16, 2013 | Brian Wang

Quantum Machine Learning Singularity from Google, Kurzweil and Dwave?

Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field of artificial intelligence, joined Google late last year. Kurzweil is perhaps the most prominent proponent of “hard AI,” which argues that it is possible to create consciousness in an artificial being. Add to this Google’s revelation that it is using techniques of deep learning to produce an… read more

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

Mashable | Google acquires robotics-design company Boston Dynamics

December 14, 2013

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Mashable — December 14, 2013 | Adario Strange

After robotics software and now hardware, the third piece of Google’s puzzle seems to be the artificial-intelligence work of Ray Kurzweil, a recent company hire.

Kurzweil is known for talking up the notion of a technological singularity, a point in human history during which artificial-intelligence systems will suddenly surpass human abilities.

According to Kurzweil, the singularity will take place around 2045. When Amazon unveiled its flying delivery drones earlier this month, Kurzweil’s response… read more

TED | TED Brain Trust

May 24, 2014

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TED | TED Brain Trust: The following members of the TED community serve as a valued source of advice on issues of importance to TED’s future.

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The Washington Post | It’s a beautiful time to be alive and educated

August 25, 2014

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The Washington Post — August 25, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa

This progression is known as Moore’s law. For more than 100 years, the processing power of computers had doubled every 18 months.

Computers and the information technology that they enable are absorbing other fields. So we are seeing exponential advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, robotics, medicine, 3D printing, and so on.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil says: “As any technology becomes an information technology, it starts advancing exponentially.” That… read more

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