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[ writings by Ray Kurzweil ] A conversation on the singularity

January 1, 2022

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Dear readers,

This is a dialogue I created to help my audience understand and track the concepts in my non-fiction books on the future. It’s structured to be read as a conversation. I hope it’s both enlightening + entertaining.

— Ray Kurzweil

from the book:

title: the Singularity is Near
deck: When humans transcend… read more

[ writings by Ray Kurzweil ] essays | celebrating: 15 year anniversary of the book the Singularity Is Near

January 1, 2020

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— contents —

~ welcome
~ bibliography
~ summary

— welcome —

Dear readers,

Year 2020 celebrates the 15th anniversary of the acclaimed book the Singularity Is Near written by Ray Kurzweil — best-selling author, inventor, and futurist. The book was published September 2005.

In the time since its publication, society has witnessed a whirlwind of breakthroughs: genetic engineering, autonomous… read more

[ spotlight ] Playboy | the New Human

December 20, 2018

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publication: Playboy
story title: the New Human
deck: Our singular future.
deck: The next 20 years will change our idea of what it is to be human.
author: by Robert Levine
date: July 2006

the interview | introduction

In the mid-1980s inventor… read more

[ stories on progress ] Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body

September 15, 2017

DNA nanorobot cargo carrier (credit: Ella Maru Studio)

Caltech scientists have developed a “cargo sorting” DNA nanorobot programmed to autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules, and drop them off in designated locations.

The research is described in a paper in the Friday, September 15, 2017 issue of Science.

The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA devices that work in parallel to solve nontrivial tasks,”… read more

[ stories on progress ] Bitdrones: Interactive quadcopters allow for ‘programmable matter’ explorations

November 6, 2015

Could an interactive swarm of flying "3D pixels" (voxels) allow users to explore virtual 3D information by interacting with physical self-levitating building blocks? (credit: Roel Vertegaal)

We’ll find out Monday, Nov. 9, when Canadian Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab professor Roel Vertegaal and his students will unleash their “BitDrones” at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Programmable matter

Vertegaal believes his BitDrones invention is the first step towards creating interactive self-levitating programmable matter — materials capable of changing their 3D shape… read more

[ videos ] Nanobots: The rise of the molecular machines (video)

October 14, 2015

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Nanomachines — including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars — are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells. Find out more about these molecular machines (and the challenges that nanobot researchers still face) in Reactions’ latest video, produced in collaboration… read more

Video Source: American Chemical Society

[ events guide ] Transhuman Superpowers & Longevity

Dates: Jul 12, 2015
Location: Oakland, CA

Source: Event organizer

Brighter Brains Institute will be presenting a conference at Humanist Hall in Oakland, on July 12, 2015. The theme is “Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity.”

Elizabeth Parrish is a leading voice for the advancement of biotechnology. She is the CEO of BioViva USA Inc. which is committed to building gene therapies to eradicate disease and extend healthy life. She is a board member of Radishread more

[ spotlight ] letters from Ray | Immortality via the singularity

February 1, 2015

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Dear Mr. Kurzweil,

Thank you so much for all your help, time, and encouragement throughout my paper and presentation. It was really exciting that you could be in my 7th grade presentation.

I realize as a Director of Engineering at Google you are very busy. I would love to visit Google. I really appreciate everything you have done and all the resources that you sent.

— Lucyread more

[ Ray Kurzweil in the Press ] CNN | Ray Kurzweil: This is your future

December 20, 2013

Source: CNN — December 20, 2013 | Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.

Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” Ray has written five national best-selling books. He is… read more

[ spotlight ] book review | Nexus continues in Crux by Ramez Naam

August 9, 2013 by Giulio Prisco

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Readers of Ramez Naam‘s techno-thriller NEXUS will not want to miss the awesome CRUX sequel, to be published August 27.

Set in a not-too-distant future, these novels tackle head-on an important conflict of our times: between the libertarian approach (those who think that people should be free to experiment with emerging technologies without harming others) and the authoritarian approach (those who want to… read more

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