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Fortune | Can we reverse-engineer the brain?

January 14, 2013

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Source: Fortune — January 14, 2013 | Brian O'Keefe

Time | Can we talk?

April 28, 1986

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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.

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

March 14, 2012

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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

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

February 20, 2014

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Source: 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

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Source: 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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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

EnlightenNext | Chasing immortality: The technology of eternal life

September 1, 2005

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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

Boston Review | Cheating death: philosophers ponder the afterlife

February 1, 2012

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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

Mashable | Children’s book teaches kids death is wrong

March 18, 2014

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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.

Las Vegas CityLife | Chip Mosher: The gap

May 1, 2013

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Source: Las Vegas CityLife — May 1, 2013 | Chip Mosher

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spoke at the Smith Center in January, has predicted the imminent next stage of evolution — what he calls “the singularity.”

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

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