bio | about Ray Kurzweil

A pioneering inventor, best-selling author, and futurist.
March 30, 2021

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~ bio
~ books
~ collections
~ facts


BIO


— about —

Ray Kurzweil is a pioneering inventor in the computer field of pattern recognition — for synthetic music + voice, text-to-speech, and automated understanding human language. His creative + technical achievements in the early days of computing brought him global acclaim as a thinker, technologist, and futurist.

His legendary predictions — tracking the next leaps in science, tech, and world progress — maintain a high accuracy level, even today. He talks about his lifetime as a creator of tech products — plus his hopeful vision for tomorrow — in his New York Times best-selling non-fiction books.

Ray is currently a director of engineering at Google — a subsidiary of the company Alphabet — where he + his team of software programmers are studying ways that computers can: process, interpret, understand, and use human language in everyday applications. This type of software is a good example of the computer programming technique called “artificial intelligence” — or AI for short.

Designing AI software + machines has been Ray’s focus since the 1960s. Take a look below to see how he’s bridged the decades with pioneering inventions.

A lifetime of innovation.

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Looking ahead.

Today, Ray’s focused on his research at Google. His team is developing computer software that will bring human-like abilities to digital tools. Ray says this new era of amazing, intelligent software won’t replace humans — but it will augment + expand civilization.

He looks forward to the world of tomorrow — and believes we’re entering a time of abundance, health, safety, progress, and discovery. Made possible by advances in science, tech, and knowledge.


BOOKS by Ray Kurzweil


— non-fiction —

  • the Singularity Is Near
  • How to Create a Mind
  • the Age of Spiritual Machines
  • the Age of Intelligent Machines
  • Transcend
  • Fantastic Voyage

visit the collection | books by Ray Kurzweil


— novel —

And Ray’s first novel — about the young heroine named Danielle — is an adventure for all ages: teaching creative thinking, curiosity, problem solving, friendship, self-esteem, and multi-cultural unity. The fiction story is accompanied by 2 non-fiction companion guide-books.

  • novelDanielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine
  • companion bookHow to be a Danielle
  • companion booka Chronicle of Ideas

visit the collection | books by Ray Kurzweil


— the Kurzweil collections —

His web library maintains a permanent collection of his writings, historic inventions, and press. Plus a digest that keeps-up with current breakthroughs + note-worthy trends in science, knowledge, tech, and progress — that are building a better future.


FACTS


— basics —

birthday: February 12, 1948
from: borough of Queens | New York, NY • United States

— education —

elementary school: Kingsbury Elementary School
middle school: text
high school: Martin Van Buren High School • class of 1965
college: MIT • class of 1970


— notes + abbreviations —

MIT = Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NY = New York


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