Silicon Valley Business Journal | Visionary Awardees Kurzweil, Warrior, Blank, Diamandis: hear what they had to say about their achievements

June 28, 2013

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal — June 28, 2013 | Cromwell Schubarth

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Ray Kurzweil, Padmasree Warrior, Peter Diamandis and Steve Blank joined the ranks of Silicon Valley Visionary Award winners Wednesday night at a gala event in Los Altos Hills. They join a Who’s Who of tech and venture investment that have been honored since 1998, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Marc Andreessen, John Doerr and Jerry Yang.

Kurzweil, 65, has been a prolific inventor of such things as the first music synthesizer capable of recreating grand pianos and other instruments, the first print-to-speech reader for the blind and the first CCD flatbed scanner. He has written best-selling books, including The Age of Spirituality Machines and The Singularity Is Near. Today he is director of engineering at Google. [...]

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