on air | the TED Interview • the Future Arc of Tech: a special conversation

feature: with Ray Kurzweil
February 1, 2020


— feature —

group: TED
podcast series: the TED Interview
episode title: Ray Kurzweil: on what the future holds next
deck: the Future Arc of Tech: a special conversation
season: no. 1
episode: no. 8
date: December 2018

host: Chris Anderson
bio: producer + curator of TED

guest: Ray Kurzweil
bio: best-selling author, pioneering inventor, and futurist



— summary —

podcast series: the TED Interview

Celebrated host Chris Anderson speaks with some of the world’s most interesting people to dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time.

interview: one-on-one

Join us for a special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil — his life-long career has been to accurately plan for + predict the future arc of technology.

What does he think is coming our way next? When does he think tech will finally gain human levels of language understanding?

about our guest: Ray Kurzweil

Futurist and best selling author Ray Kurzweil is an inventor who radically advanced the fields of digital speech, text, and audio tech. He’s respected for his dizzying — but convincing — writing on the advance of technology, the limits of biology, and the future of humanity.

about the host: Chris Anderson

After a career in publishing, host Chris Anderson became the producer + curator of TED conferences — a public events + media organization. He’s developed the brand as a platform for discovering + showcasing: people, places, projects worth spreading.


listen | episode

— summary —

A special conversation on what the future holds next. Listen to the interview with host Chris Anderson + guest Ray Kurzweil — on the future arc of technology.



on the web | pages

TED | home
TED | the TED Interview

TED | profile page: Ray Kurzweil
TED | profile page: Chris Anderson

tag line: Ideas worth spreading.

iTunes • by Apple | podcast series: the TED Interview


about | the TED Interview

TED is launching a new way for curious audiences to dive into compelling ideas on our platform: the TED Interview — TED podcast series. Weekly episodes feature Chris Anderson — TED producer + curator — in conversation with guests about their thoughts.

interview guests:

— season 1 —

listen | Elizabeth Gilbert — shows-up for everything
listen |  David Deutsch — on the infinite reach of knowledge
listen |  Sam Harris — on using reason to build our morality
listen |  Dalia Mogahed — on Islam in the world today
listen |  Steven Pinker PhD — on the case for optimism
listen |  Robin Steinberg — quest to reform cash bail
listen |  Mellody Hobson — challenges us to be color-brave
listen |  Ray Kurzweil — on what the future holds next
listen |  Daniel Kahneman PhD — wants you to doubt yourself, here’s why
listen |  Ken Robinson — still wants an education revolution

— season 2 —

listen |  Bill Gates — looks to the future
listen |  Amanda Palmer — on radical truth telling
listen |  David Brooks — on political healing
listen |  Kai-Fu Lee — on the future of AI
listen |  Susan Cain — takes us into the mind of an introvert
listen |  Andrew McAfee — on the future of our economy
listen |  Sylvia Earle — makes a case for our oceans
listen |  Monica Lewinsky — argues for a bully-free world
listen |  Tim Ferriss — on life hacks + psychedelics
listen |  Yuval Noah Harari — reveals the real dangers ahead
listen |  Johann Hari — challenges the way we think about depression

— season 3 —

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quote | by Chris Anderson

This interview series — the TED Interview — features a truly remarkable group of people, some of today’s most fascinating minds. They explain, amplify, illuminate, and defend their thinking.

For anyone enthusiastic by ideas, these conversations are a special treat. Our motto + mission is: Ideas Worth Spreading. This series offers curious audiences a front-row seat to fascinating and challenging people.

Chris Anderson


quotes | by Ray Kurzweil

cards: companion quotes for the TED Interview
art: by TED


— notes —

AI = artificial intelligence

TED = Technology Entertainment Design


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