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The McKinsey Quarterly | IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil

January 1, 2011

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Source: The McKinsey Quarterly — January 1, 2011 | Lars Föyen

The inventor, businessman, and author explains how the exponential growth of technologies will transform industries and pose new opportunities  and hurdles for business and society.

Every executive recognizes the fast pace of technological development but grapples with the billion-dollar question: what happens next, and when? Ray Kurzweil has precise answers based on his thesis that information technology will continue to develop exponentially, leading to a not-so-distant future when… read more

The Observer | 20 predictions for the next 25 years

January 2, 2011

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Source: The Observer — January 2, 2011 | Richard Jones

[...] Some, like the futurist Ray Kurzweil, predict that nanotechnology will lead to a revolution, allowing us to make any kind of product for virtually nothing; to have computers so powerful that they will surpass human intelligence; and to lead to a new kind of medicine on a sub-cellular level that will allow us to abolish ageing and death.

I don’t think that Kurzweil’s “technological singularity” — a dream… read more

Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

January 2, 2011

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Source: Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly

[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator —  the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings… read more

Singularity Hub | Kurzweil defends his predictions again: Was he 86% correct?

January 4, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 4, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

How would you grade yourself if you had a chance to write your own report card? Ray Kurzweil is giving himself a high B.

With his recent essay “How My Predictions Are Faring” the noted futurist reviews forecasts he made more than a decade ago for our current times. His predicted future is now the present, so it’s time to see how he did.

The… read more

In Depth: Ray Kurzweil

January 6, 2011

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C-SPAN |  A conversation with writer, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the founder, chairman and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies. Topics include: expanding human intelligence with machines; human pattern recognition; inventing machines to help people with sensory disabilities; and artificial intelligence.

During this program, Kurzweil responds to viewer calls and e-mail.

Download this audiobook from Audible.com.

Grasshopper Group LLC | The future is now: infographic

January 26, 2011

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Source: 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.

USA Today | A.I. expert Ray Kurzweil picks computer in “Jeopardy!” match

February 9, 2011

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Source: USA Today — February 9, 2011 | Sam Meddis

When the IBM computer called “Watson” faces off against past “Jeopardy” champs on Monday (February 14,2011), no one will be watching more intently than inventor Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority on the future of artificial intelligence. Based on his calculations of the accelerating rate of growth of computing power, Kurzweil in the 1980s predicted that a computer would defeat a… read more

MSNBC Cosmic Log | How near is the Singularity?

February 10, 2011

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Source: MSNBC Cosmic Log — February 10, 2011 | Alan Boyle

The Singularity is back in the spotlight, thanks to a Time cover story focusing on inventor/futurist Ray Kurzweil and his forecast that “the end of human civilization as we know it” will come in about 35 years —  just as Kurzweil is nearing his 100th birthday.

Kurzweil is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s ready for the big event, which he calls the Singularity.… read more

Time | 2045: The year man becomes immortal

February 10, 2011

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Source: Time — February 10, 2011 | Lev Grossman

By that time Kurzweil was thinking about the Singularity too. He’d been busy since his appearance on I’ve Got a Secret. He’d made several fortunes as an engineer and inventor; he founded and then sold his first software company while he was still at MIT.

He went on to build the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind — Stevie Wonder was customer No. 1 — and… read more

The Sunday Times | Hi, I’m Watson, the tin can smarter than you

February 13, 2011

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Source: The Sunday Times — February 13, 2011 | Tony Allen-Mills

Meet Watson, a talking supercomputer…promise of astonishing new artificial intelligence technology…Squadrons of pilotless drones may soon be joined on the ground by a new warrior breed of remotecontrolled robot fighter.

Ray Kurzweil, a leading U.S. authority on artificial intelligence, agreed with Hawking that human intelligence was “not getting better. [...] Note: This article is available only with subscription.

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