April 28, 1986
Source: Time — April 28, 1986 | Gordon W. Henry, Thomas McCarroll
Raymond Kurzweil has always been way ahead of his peers. When he was twelve years old and his junior high classmates were struggling with book reports, Kurzweil developed a computer software package that was distributed by IBM. At age 17 he won a Westinghouse Science Talent Search award for a computer program that could write music in the style of Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven.
Source: 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
Source: The Verge — February 18, 2014 | Aaron Souppouris
In a blog post, the author, who joined Google in 2012, discusses the feasibility of Her‘s AI, concluding that companions with a similar capacity to Samantha could become reality within 15 years. [...]
Source: The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements
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
September 1, 2005
Source: 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
February 1, 2012
Source: Boston Review — February 1, 2012 | Alex Byrne
For the futurist Ray Kurzweil, hope lies in the possibility that he will be uploaded to new and shiny hardware—as pictures are transferred to Facebook’s servers—leaving his outmoded biological container behind.
Isn’t all this a pipe dream? Why isn’t “uploading” merely a way of producing a perfect Kurzweil-impersonator, rather than the real thing? Cryogenic storage might help if I am still alive when frozen, but what… read more
March 17, 2014
Source: Mashable — March 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hiscott
Popularized by researchers like gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and futurist Ray Kurzweil — who predicts a machine will be able to pass the Turing test by the year 2029 — the doctrine of transhumanism holds that humans can transcend their physical limitations using technology.
Central to this philosophy is the belief that technology will eventually be able to extend human life spans by hundreds of years, or perhaps indefinitely.
May 1, 2013
Source: Las Vegas CityLife — May 1, 2013 | Chip Mosher
Here, humans will organically bond with their machines, and those machine/humans will become self-evolving, allowing us to transcend “the biological limitations of our brains.” 2029 being the year when he thinks this will begin.
And cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said the human… read more