Ray Kurzweil in the Press

A collection of both current and archived Ray Kurzweil press, radio and television interviews and appearances.

Magazine and newspaper articles on science and tech 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.

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Radio Open Source | podcast — The end of work, with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon

July 27, 2014

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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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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?

March 24, 2014

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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 New Yorker | How to live forever

February 22, 2015

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The New Yorker — February 22, 2015 | Tim Wu

Ray Kurzweil declared we may be uploading our brains by the 2030s. Assume, along with Stephen Hawking, PhD and Kurzweil, that it is plausible for the information in our heads to be digitized and stored somewhere else.

Perhaps a better approach for future Ray Kurzweils is not copying our brains but, rather, trying to migrate the self to a new physical host. Like a hermit crab seeking a new… read more

Inquisitr | Ray Kurzweil predicts some fantastic things coming in the next 25 years

February 1, 2015

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Inquisitr — February 1, 2015

Ray Kurzweil says by the 2020s most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical tech. Normal eating will be replaced by nanosystems.

The Turing test — a test where artificial intelligence becomes indistinguishable from human intelligence — is passed

Self driving cars will take over roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.

He says by the 2030s, virtual reality will… read more

The Daily Dot | Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

August 10, 2015

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The Daily Dot — Aug 5, 2015 | Dylan Love

The singularity is a hypothesized time in the future, approximately 2045, when the capabilities of non-living electronic machines will supersede human capabilities.

Undismissable contemporary thinkers like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Ray Kurzweil warn us that it will change everything. Hawking likens it to receiving a message from aliens announcing their arrival in “a few decades,” saying this is “more or less” what’s happening with artificial intelligence software.

Talk of the singularity ripples with… read more

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

December 28, 2012

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

CNET | Google exec, humans will be hybrids by 2030

June 4, 2015

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CNET — June 4, 2015 | Chris Matyszczyk

We’ll be connecting our brains directly with the cloud, says Google futurist Ray Kurzweil. Google’s renowned predictor and vitamin pill taker, Ray Kurzweil, offered a future in which we keep our heads less in the clouds and more in the cloud.

Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, said of the year 2030, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and nonbiological thinking.”

You might think this more of… read more

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

January 28, 2013


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

Time | Question Everything — Will robots need rights? Robots will demand rights and we’ll grant them

September 22, 2015

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Time — September 11, 2015 | Ray Kurzweil

It’s a question of morality. There is no way to prove that one entity is conscious and another is not. Virtual characters can claim to be, but that does not convince us that they are.

Some scientists say therefore that consciousness is an illusion. I would argue against that, however, because our entire moral system is based on it.

If morality and rights are based… read more

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