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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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.

Businessweek | Q&A with Kurzweil’s Ray Kurzweil

February 23, 1998

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Source: Businessweek — Feb. 23, 1998 | Paul C. Judge

Kurzweil Applied Intelligent Systems was founded in 1982, with the goal of creating a voice-activated word processor. The grail has been very large vocabulary, speaker independence, and continuous speech. One thing that makes it possible today is Moore’s Law. It’s only been in the last six months that we’ve had PCs that can support the processing requirements of continuous speech. The next step now is to integrate natural-language understanding with… read more

New York Times | Hello, HAL (a book review)

November 3, 1999

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Source: New York Times — November 3, 1999 | Colin McGinn

Three of these books provide a vivid window on the state of the art in artificial intelligence research, and offer provocative speculations on where we might be heading as the information age advances. Of the three, ”The Age of Spiritual Machines,” by Ray Kurzweil, is the best…. It gives you the most bits for your buck.

TechTV | Ray Kurzweil: Computers to live within the human body

February 14, 2000

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Source: TechTV — February 14, 2000 | Leslie Katz

Will computers surpass the human brain? Ray Kurzweil thinks so. Judging by the accuracy of his past predictions, this one will come true, too. Kurzweil is responsible for inventing, among other things, the first voice-recognition software to turn simple words into text. But he is also known for presaging the rise of the Internet and the widespread use of synthesizers to create commercial music. His prediction that the world’s top… read more

Scientific American | The 1999 National Medal of Technology

April 21, 2000

Source: Scientific American — April 21, 2000

On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s economic competitiveness and standard of living.… read more

The Standard | Reading, writing and robots

May 15, 2000

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Source: The Standard — May 15, 2000 | Steffan Heuer

The research community keeps coming up with tangible results to support [Ray Kurzweil's] outlandish claims, from respected labs at MIT and Yale to startups like Molecular Electronics in Chicago and the nano-adventures at Texas-based Zyvex.

News stories about DNA-based computing, next-generation chips grown in petri dishes and molecule-size nanorobots built from carbon atoms are in the headlines just as the race to decipher the human genome is drawing… read more

BusinessWeek | The future according to Ray Kurzweil

June 29, 2000

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Source: BusinessWeek — June 29, 2000 | Alex Salkever

The visionary and author tells PC Expo-goers to expect mind-shattering, exponential development in computing and other tech fields and includes advice for Alan Greenspan. Ray Kurzweil’s recent book The Age of Spiritual Machines looked far into the future, when electronic devices may think, act, and even feel emotions the way humans do. And true to form, the technologist and renowned visionary cut a wide swath across history in a Thursday… read more

CNET News | Tech Pioneer Kurzweil Sees Grand Digital Future

June 29, 2000

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Source: CNET News — June 29, 2000 | Stephen Shankland

Kurzweil predicted a future in which human brains will be teeming with robots that can augment intelligence and transport people into virtual reality realms or enable people to back up their own childhood memories.

Fortune | Ray Kurzweil: ‘By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments’

October 9, 2000

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Source: Fortune — October 9, 2000 | David Kirkpatrick

“By 2030 we’ll have full-immersion, shared, virtual-reality environments.” Speech technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines. He was interviewed by David Kirkpatrick.

A very important aspect of the future is going to be virtual reality — our ability to relate with each other in new ways, much more intimate ways, facilitated by technology. We’ve had one form… read more

Wired | Kurzweil: Rooting for the machine

November 3, 2000

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Source: Wired — November 3, 2000 | Declan McCullagh

Raymond Kurzweil doesn’t merely predict that machine intelligence will surpass human brains by the end of the century. He’s eagerly anticipating it. In a Kurzweillian future, the world would become a very strange place, where converging advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology and computer science combine to propel humanity to its next stage of evolution.

“By the end of this century, I don’t think there will be a… read more

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