introduction | Ray Kurzweil

A pioneering inventor, best-selling author, futurist.
March 13, 2020


— about —

Ray Kurzweil is a pioneering inventor in the computer field of pattern recognition for: synthetic music + voice, text-to-speech, and 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 tech, science, 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 Alphabet — where he and his team of software programmers are studying ways that computers can: process, interpret, understand, and use human language in everyday applications.

— non-fiction —

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

— fiction —

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 story is accompanied by 2 non-fiction companion guide-books.

novel: Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine
companion book: How to be a Danielle
companion book: A Chronicle of Ideas

— the Kurzweil Library —

Ray’s web library maintains a permanent collection of his writings, historic inventions, plus a blog that keeps-up with current breakthroughs + notable trends — that are building a better future.

— facts —

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 —

MIT = Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NY = New York