Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

part of the week long event series 7 Days of Genius at 92 Street Y
March 9, 2016

92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius
Conversation on stage during the week long event series, held at the historic community center.

featured talk | Ray Kurzweil with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, PhD — on Invention & Immortality

Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joined by astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD for a discussion of some of the biggest topics of our time. They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality.

Ray Kurzweil has been accurately predicting the future for decades. He explains to Star Talk show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, PhD how he does it.

Kurzweil also says microscopic robots called nanobots will connect your neocortex to the cloud — the expansion of the human brain that he predicts will happen in the 2030s.

This featured talk is part of a week long series of events called 7 Days of Genius. Presented by the celebrated, historic 92 Street Y cultural arts and community center.


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Highlights from the talk with Ray Kurzweil and host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD


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Highlights from the talk with Ray Kurzweil and host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD


about | 7 Days of Genius at 92 Street Y
Background on the week long event series exploring science, innovation and culture.

92 Street Y |  7 Days of Genius is a multi-platform, week long festival with stage events featuring thought leaders in science, innovation and culture. It explores the concept of genius, and how it transforms lives and cultures.

Events are also hosted globally by partner organizations, and digital broadcast through partners MS • NBC and National Geographic.

Our yearly series of inspiring conversations with experts in politics, technology, knowledge, ethics is focused on the power of genius to change the world for the better.



92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius
Some featured speakers from the series.

1.  Manjul Bhargava, PhD
2.  Esther Dyson
3.  Ray Kurzweil
4.  Martine Rothblatt, PhD
5.  Yancey Strickler
6.  Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD


92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius global
Events around the world and web. 

From New York to Nairobi, and Anchorage to Guatemala City — in dozens of events around the world — 92 Street Y series 7 Days of Genius ignites a global conversation to explore the power of genius for positive world impact. In a tribute to the unsung geniuses who change history, the festival celebrates Genius Revealed featuring:

1.  special installation at 92 Street Y on remarkable, historic female scientists and inventors throughout history
2.  series on female genius produced with Big Think
3.  20 world events with United Nations Women, exploring how genius can help gender equity
4.  global events celebrating innovative ideas of youth to improve communities with design, entrepreneurship
5.  look for Mental Floss campaign on women geniuses
6.  special programming on MS • NBC, and results of our Ultimate Genius Showdown
7.  see winners of our Global Challenges on design, entrepreneurship, religion


92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius festival events + partners
Featured programs and content for the week long series.

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92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius: Global Events

Big Think | 7 Days of Genius: female genius changes the world one big idea at a time
Mental Floss | 7 Days of Genius: 19 things you might not know were invented by women

United Nations • Women | 7 Days of Genius: youth leaders global network
Global Minimum | 7 Days of Genius: innovation workshops
Eco Week | 7 Days of Genius: genius day

MS • NBC | 7 Days of Genius: main
MS • NBC | 7 Days of Genius: Ultimate Genius Showdown

Wikipedia | 92 Street Y

* 92 Street Y is 92 Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association


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Background on the historic cultural and community center.

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about | 92 Street Y
Landmark community center for culture, arts and conversation.

The historic 92 Street Y is a famous cultural and community center where people from all over connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation.

For 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.

The 92 Street Y is a United States cultural institution in New York, New York at the corner of 92 Street and Lexington Avenue. It’s now a significant landmark center for music, arts, philosophy, celebrity talks and entertainment.

Its full name is the 92 Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. Founded in 1874 by German Jewish professionals, 92 Street Y has grown into an organization guided by Jewish principles but serves people of all races and faiths. We harness the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community.

We enthusiastically reach out to all ages, backgrounds while embracing Jewish values like learning and self-improvement, importance of family, joy of life, and giving back to a wonderfully diverse and growing world.

We curate conversations with the world’s thought leaders — today’s most exceptional thinkers and influential partners for social good — to deepen understanding and engage.

Our performing arts center presents classical, jazz, popular and world music and dance performances. 92 Street Y is a legendary literary destination where the most celebrated writers and readers have gathered since 1939.

We’re a studio, school and workshop where dancers, musicians, jewelry makers, ceramicists, visual artists, poets, playwrights and novelists — professionals and eager amateurs — nourish the human spirit through the arts.

We provide an inspiring, safe and supportive home for families, decades of expertise in parenting, child development, after school sports and classes, special needs programs and summer camps. And offer seniors dozens of activities.

Our fitness center inspires health. 92 Street Y creates meaningful, relevant and joyous experiences for all those who want to connect, finding new ways to bring tradition into dialog with the modern world.