Ray Kurzweil in the Press

This section is a collection of both current and archived Ray Kurzweil press, radio, and television interviews and appearances.

It includes hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on science and technology breakthroughs, controversies, and predictions — explored through the lens of leading journalists in discussions with Kurzweil and colleagues — and videos of Ray Kurzweil’s TV interviews and public speaking engagements.

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Radio Open Source | ‘The end of work’ with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon [UPDATE: podcast available]

July 31, 2014

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Source: Radio Open Source — July 27, 2014 | Christopher Lydon

The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?

Economists predict that 50% of US jobs could be automated in a decade or two. Big fun show with… read more

Daily Mail | We’ll be uploading our entire minds to computers by 2045 and our bodies will be replaced by machines within 90 years, Google expert claims

June 19, 2013

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Source: Daily Mail — June 19, 2013 | Victoria Woollaston

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, believes we will be able to upload our entire brains to computers within the next 32 years, an event known as singularity.

Our fragile human body parts will be replaced by machines by the turn of the century. And if these predictions comes true, it could make humans immortal.

In just over 30 years, humans will be able… read more

TED | What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

June 30, 2014

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Source: TED — March 24, 2014

At TED 2014, we challenged attendees to vote on 10 potential drivers of change in the next 30 years. The range of opinions was vast and intriguing.

And what do you think? See how your thoughts match up with the rest of the TED community. Below, some relevant quotes from TED Talks. [...]

The Huffington Post | Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, wants to bring the dead back to life

December 28, 2012

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Source: The Huffington Post — December 28, 2012

Inventor Ray Kurzweil hopes to develop ways for humans to live forever, and while he’s at it, bring back his dead father. Behind him is the support of a tech giant. This month, Kurzweil, a futurist, stepped into the role of Director of Engineering at Google, focusing on machine learning and language processing.

“There is a lot of suffering in the world,” Kurzweil once said, according… read more

Slashdot | Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil about the future of mankind and technology

January 28, 2013

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Source: Slashdot — January 28, 2013

The recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents, Ray Kurzweil’s accolades are almost too many to list. A prolific inventor, Kurzweil created the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments.

His book, Theread more

Forbes | Do humans live too long?

July 18, 2014

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Source: Forbes — July 16, 2014 | Michael Thomsen

Ray Kurzweil is perhaps the most famous immortalist, insisting there is no reason to believe death can’t be stopped or reversed, a feat that would only contribute to overall human productivity.

“Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge, skill, talents and relationships,” he said. “It’s not the case that there are only a fixed number of positions, and if old people… read more

Business Insider | Apple wants to use your heart rate and facial expressions to figure out what mood you’re in

January 28, 2014

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Source: Business Insider — January 24, 2014 | Aaron Taube

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil is working to improve its search function to the point where humans could type in a sentence, and the computer could understand the query on an emotional level.

And earlier this month, Yahoo acquired Aviate, a company that organizes and searches for phone apps based on what it thinks you’ll be looking for at a certain time. [...]

Katalyst | Katalyst vs. Singularity: a radical exploration into a subject of our times

April 15, 2012

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Source: Katalyst — April 15, 2012 | Carver Wilcox, Anthony Batt & Kashy Khaledi

Interview with Ray Kurzweil

Vernor Vinge describes [technological] “Singularity” as having the technological means to create a superhuman intelligence where the human era will be ended.

There’s an inherent fear in hearing “the human era will be ended.” How do you think people today can cope with this possible future?

I don’t describe it that way, at all, at least not with that… read more

Slate | Singularity or transhumanism: what word should we use to discuss the future?

August 29, 2014

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Source: Slate — August 28, 2014 | Zoltan Istvan

Singularity, posthuman, techno optimism, cyborgism, humanity plus, immortalist, machine intelligence, biohacker, robotopia, life extension, transhumanism. These are terms to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may help us to become more than human.

The last 15 years marked a shift toward nonfiction work and following of celebrity scientists. Ray Kurzweil’s classic The Singularity Is Near put the term singularity prominently… read more

TechCrunch | Get ready to lose your job

February 16, 2013

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Source: TechCrunch — February 16, 2013 | Jon Evans

For 50 years now Moore’s Law has been (to oversimplify) doubling computing power every two years. People like Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge look at that astonishing history of nonstop exponential growth and predict a technological singularity within our lifetimes.

Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient… read more

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