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Are You Listening Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft? Technology's Real Purpose and Promise

Moore's Law which was first espoused by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, essentially and correctly predicted that technology speed and decreasing price would double every 18 months. Futurist, Ray Kurzweil in his 1999 book, The AgeShow More Summary

10 Promising Technologies Assisting the Future of Medicine

Ray Kurzweil says technology is improving at an exponential rate. Peter Thiel says technological innovations couldn’t live up to the expectations. There are plenty of philosophies and schools of thought, but regarding the future of medicine, only two things are certain. Technology will not solve the problems that healthcare faces globally today. And the human […]

Kurzweil: Solar Energy Will Be Unlimited And Free In 20 Years

What energy crisis? In less than 20 years, solar power will be so inexpensive and widespread that it will meet the entirety of the world's energy needs at virtually no cost, futurist Ray Kurzweil, told The Washington Post. At present, solar power accounts for a scant 0.23% of US energy consumption, and about 1% of energy consumption worldwide. Show More Summary

A.I. Expert: We’re DOOMED!

He has expertise in both science and philosophy, and he is warning us not to fooled by all that happy-clappy speculation by Ray Kurzweil and the like. He’s seeing a future filled with Terminators! An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may [...]

The Coming Robot Apocalypse Looks Like a Bunch of Spreadsheets, Not Killer Drones

Image via Flickr user Tim Regan Francis Fukuyama’s claim that history ended in 1992 has long since ceded its prescience. These days, Ray Kurzweil claims that non-biological computing power will reach exponential growth starting around 2045, propelling humanity to its rightful destiny as a species that can cheat death itself. Show More Summary

Jobless Future or Futureless Jobs?

In a Washington Post Innovations blog op-ed published July 21, Vivek Wadhwa wrote:In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. Show More Summary

We're Heading Into a Jobless Future, No Matter What the Government Does

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I'd had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Show More Summary

We're Heading Into a Jobless Future, No Matter What the Government Does

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I'd had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Show More Summary

As the Web Grows, Do Browser Makers Wield Too Much Power?

Do you ever take a step back and look at how central the web is to your life? For some people, it's an always connected, ever present adjunct to their actual consciousness. Futurists like Ray Kurzweil even predict that we will eventually...Show More Summary

Ray Kurzweil, Google Discuss Artificial Intelligence

Signe Brewster of Gigaom recently wrote, “In 2012, Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second — a feat already accomplished by the fastest supercomputers in existence. Show More Summary

Google’s Ray Kurzweil on What Computers Need to Become Conscious

In 2012, Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second — a feat already accomplished by the fastest supercomputers in existence. The more difficult challenge is creating a computer that has a hierarchy similar to the... Read More

Google's Ray Kurzweil: The Business Of Extending Human Life Is Going Into "High Gear"

The futurist says that we're getting closer and closer to "reprogramming" the human body. Over the last many centuries, human life expectancy has very gradually lengthened with improved health and medical technologies and research. In the next 20 years, we can expect our expected life spans to be extended at a far more rapid pace than in the past. Read Full Story

Google’s Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

6 months agoTechnology : GigaOM

Google hired the noted inventor and futurist to build artificial intelligence that can think like a human. His vision is a computer with a structure modeled on the human brain, giving it a capacity for abstract thought.

John Stossel Welcomes Our Robot Overlords

6 months agoNews : Reason

Ray Kurzweil—inventor of things like machines that turn text into speech—has popularized the idea that we are rapidly approaching "the singularity," the point at which machines not only hink for themselves but develop intellectuallyShow More Summary

Here Comes Tomorrow

Ray Kurzweil — inventor of things like machines that turn text into speech — has popularized the idea that we are rapidly approaching “the singularity,” the point at which machines not only think for themselves but develop intellectually faster than we. Show More Summary

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

The world is hitting its stride in technological advances and futurists have been making wild-sounding bets on what we'll accomplish in the not-so-distant future. Futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, believes that by 2040 artificial intelligence...Show More Summary

Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending June 14, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Response by Ray Kurzweil to the Announcement of Chatbot Eugene Goostman Passing the Turing TestRay Kurzweil may think that he has a good shot at living forever, but he doesn’t think a chat bot passed the Turing test. Show More Summary

Ray Kurzweil responds to the so-called Turing Test winner

The futurist was not impressed with the most recent Turing Test competition.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil on What You Don't Know About A.I.

At the Exponential Finance conference in New York, inventor Ray Kurzweil set the record straight about what people get wrong about artificial intelligence.

Ray Kurzweil (and Others) Say Chatbot Didn’t Pass the Turing Test

High-profile members of the tech community are pushing back against reports over the weekend that said a computer had passed the Turing Test for the first time, tricking a group of judges into believe that it was human. The feat was performed using a chatbot named Eugene Goostman that pretends to be a 13 year... Read More

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