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

January 2, 2011

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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

The Courier-Journal | Book review: How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

November 23, 2012

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The Courier-Journal — November 23, 2012 | Scott Coffman

In the compelling introduction, we are told the story of evolution in a most entertaining fashion: that the world is based on information. Physics evolved and became chemistry, chemistry evolved into biology, biology to neurology. “Brains were now the cutting edge of storing and manipulating information. Thus we went from atoms to molecules to DNA to brains. The next step was uniquely human.”

Evolutionary development in mammals has… read more

H+ | Book review: The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

March 17, 2014

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H+ — March 17, 2014 | Harry J. Bentham

Kurzweil describes six epochs in the history of information. Each significant form of information is superseded by another in a series of stepping stones, exposing a universal will at work within technology towards extropy.

The first epoch is physics and chemistry, and is succeeded by biology, brains, technology, the merger of technology and human intelligence and finally the epoch in which the universe “wakes up.” The final epoch… read more

Motherboard | Brain cells may live longer when not tied to their weakling, mortal flesh

February 27, 2013

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Motherboard — February 27, 2013 | Austin Considine

In an interview last year with Motherboard’s Derek Mead, professor Kevin Warwick described an experiment in which he and a team of scientists created a very simple, two-dimensional, living brain of about 100,000 neurons and connected it to robots (a human brain, by contrast, approaches 100 billion).

It’s just a matter of time, he suggests, before scientists can build one in 3-D that’s much bigger. He also thinks… read more

The Times | Brains of the future will be hybrid of man and machine

June 5, 2015

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The Times — June 5, 2015 | James Dean

Human brains will be boosted with artificial intelligence at some point after the year 2030, one of the foremost thinkers on AI has said.

The brain will connect to online AI to become a “hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking,” Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, suggested.

Tiny  nanobots made from DNA strands would connect our brains to the internet, allowing us to augment our own intelligence… read more

Financial Times | Breakfast with the Financial Times, Ray Kurzweil

April 10, 2015

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Financial Times — April 10, 2015 | Caroline Daniel

Ray Kurzweil’s work at Google aims at moving search beyond keywords towards more complex ideas.

He offers this example. “I met this girl at a party last night. We only spoke a few words but I felt an instant bond with her. Is that realistic? What does the psychology literature say about this?

“Ultimately, and this is the long term project, it would be like asking a person… read more

Daily Mail | British chess prodigy sells artificial intelligence software firm to Google for 242 million

January 27, 2014

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Daily Mail — January 27, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston, Rupert Steiner, Amie Keeley

The rise of Google’s artificial intelligence: Google also hired futurist Ray Kurzweil as Engineering Director in 2012.

Kurzweil has famously claimed that in just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal — an event called singularity. He also claimed the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early asread more

The Times of India | By 2029, computers will match human intelligence: Ray Kurzweil

August 13, 2013

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The Times of India — August 13, 2013 | Subodh Varma

What is ‘Artificial Intelligence’? Do you include human emotions in ‘intelligence’ or in ‘consciousness’?

Artificial Intelligence is the science of creating computers that can perform tasks that we associate with human intelligence. Our ability to understand and respond appropriately to high level emotions is the cutting edge of human intelligence and the most intelligent thing that we do.

Being funny or loving or sexy… read more

Forbes | Calling all transhumanists

October 2, 2009

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Forbes — October 2, 2009 | Courtney Boyd Myers

The Singularity is not yet here, but its annual conference is, uniting futurists and their man-machine dreams. Technology futurists love to talk about the Singularity as the point in time when technology starts to progress so rapidly that machine intelligence melds with and surpasses human intelligence. It is to futurists what the Rapture is to fundamentalist Christians.… read more

Rolling Stone | Can Her happen, the experts weigh in

February 6, 2014

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Rolling Stone — February 6, 2014 | Jonathan Ringen

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