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Forbes | In defense of small data

March 30, 2012

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Source: Forbes — March 30, 2012 | Bruce Upbin

The very term Big Data implies that quantity is paramount, and some people speak as if they expect accelerating returns. If my database grows 100X bigger then I can mine insights that are 100X or even 300X bigger, right?  Wrong! In my experience, more of the same type of data provides only modest & incremental insights, not a quantum leap. [...]

Spiegel | Interview with Ray Kurzweil: A simulated brain can learn like a child

December 19, 2012

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Source: Spiegel — December 19, 2012 | Wolfgang Stieler

The futurist Ray Kurzweil is known for his unwavering belief in human progress. In the interview he talks about his latest book, on machines that learn as children, and the hope of eternal life.

Q: Mr. Kurzweil, one of your main theses is that technological progress accelerates continuously. If we are now, for example, but smartphones, then the operating system of these devices is based on Unix, a… read more

Motherboard | Scientists found a genetic switch to reverse aging in neurons

March 7, 2013

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Source: Motherboard — March 7, 2013 | Austin Considine

Another day, another step towards that elusive fountain of youth thanks, this time, to a new study that claims scientists have effectively reversed the effects of aging in neurons. Just last week, a study out of Italy revealed that neurons, specifically mouse neurons, could live much longer than usual when transplanted into a longer-living organism.

Or, as we put it here at Motherboard, that “Brain Cells May Live Longer When… read more

Silicon Valley Mercury News | Google engineer sees technology in human mind’s future

April 4, 2013

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Source: Silicon Valley Mercury News — April 4, 2013 | Lou Fancher

By the time you read these words, the changes inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says are coming, may already have halfway happened.

And by April 13, when the newly appointed director of engineering at online giant Google comes to Cal Performances’ Wheeler Auditorium for his “Strictly Speaking” lecture, he’s likely to be light speed ahead of himself.

The Wall Street Journal has called him “the restless genius” and… read more

Image and Data Manager | Ray Kurzweil keynotes Kodak Global Directions 2013

July 17, 2013

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Source: Image and Data Manager — July 17, 2013

Kurzweil is uniquely qualified to discuss new approaches to information management. He was recently named Director of Engineering at Google and is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventors of our time. PBS honored Kurzweil as one of “16 Revolutionaries Who Made America.”

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer of our industry,” said Dolores Kruchten, President, Document Imaging and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Without his… read more

Bloomberg Businessweek | Charlie Rose talks to Ray Kurzweil

March 3, 2011

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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek — March 3, 2011 | Charlie Rose

The author, inventor, and futurist says accelerating technology will soon bring us immortality — and all the energy the earth requires. Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly PBS program.

I’m interested in this notion of a coming singularity — computers surpassing humans — and your obsession with immortality. What led you there?

I really started with this exploration of where technology… read more

Associated Press | Amazon’s delivery drones an idea that may not fly

December 4, 2013

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Source: Associated Press — December 3, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz

Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.”

“Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional… read more

The Wall Street Journal | Google’s Ray Kurzweil envisions new era of search

February 13, 2014

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Source: The Wall Street Journal — February 4, 2014 | Steve Rosenbush

Within five to eight years, search engines will start to appear much more human-like, according to Google Inc. engineering chief Ray Kurzweil.

They will respond to long and complex questions, understand the meaning of the documents that they are searching, and be on the look-out for information they think might be useful to people. [...]

TechCrunch | Google acquires artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for more than $500M

January 28, 2014

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Source: TechCrunch — January 28, 2014 | Catherine Shu

This is the latest move by Google to fill out its roster of artificial intelligence experts and, according to Re/code, the acquisition was reportedly led by Google CEO Larry Page.

If all three of DeepMind’s founders work for Google, they will join inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who was hired in 2012 as a director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.

Kurzweil has said that

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Spiegel | Ray Kurzweil begins with Google

December 17, 2012

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Source: Spiegel — December 17, 2012 | Felix Knoke

Kurzweil’s tasks from Google will be the development of natural language processing and machine learning at the Mountain View headquarters, said the author, entrepreneur and art-philosopher called one of the “leading inventors of our time.” A Google spokesman said that Kurzweil solutions will be “incredibly valuable” for Google projects. [...]

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