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.

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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InfoWorld | Can artificial intelligence save Windows Phones?

September 13, 2013

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InfoWorld — September 13, 2013 | Robert X. Cringely

Microsoft is preparing an answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now called Cortana that may appear on Windows phones as early as next year.

So the question becomes: Is Cortana just a code name, or is Microsoft going all in on an AI assistant that looks and acts like Halo’s Cortana? Heck, Ray Kurzweil has Ramona. Why not? [...]

io9 | Can Ray Kurzweil’s rosy predictions stand up to fact-checking?

June 1, 2009

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io9 — June 1, 2009 | Charlie Jane Anders

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible… One of Kurzweil’s arguments in his defense: he predicted the Internet would “take off” in the late 1980s, when few people believed that.

(Actually, a lot of college campuses and even some high schools were actively on the net in the late 1980s, and you already had networks of FTP sites and Gophers and so on.) On the… read more

Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

Time | Can we talk?

April 28, 1986

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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.

Blastr | Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

March 14, 2012

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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

The Verge | Celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks Her will be a reality by 2029

February 18, 2014

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The Verge — February 18, 2014 | Aaron Souppouris

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified to discuss the technology that permeates through the movie than the renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil.

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. [...]

 

The Huffington Post | Celebrities reveal what’s on their nightstands

June 20, 2013

The Huffington Post — June 20, 2013 | Erin Clements

When celebrities reveal what they keep at their bedside, the items may be surprising.

Olivia Munn, for example, recently told Marie Claire that on hers you’ll find The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil, lip balm, a 980,000-volt stun gun for protection, Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. [...]

Bloomberg Businessweek | Charlie Rose talks to Ray Kurzweil

March 3, 2011

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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

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