Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are moving quicker and quicker as time goes on. Ray Kurzweil, Google's Futurist, calls this acceleration of technology over time speeding up the Law of Accelerating Returns. Silicon Valley, and other technology hubs that enable a more advanced society, have the ability to progress at a faster rate than other societies. Show More Summary
The writers for "Parks and Recreation" weren't Ray Kurzweil futurists whose jobs required them to make accurate predictions of the future. They didn't bring crystal balls to work or hire psychics to forecast the 2016 presidential election race. It only feels that way. "I really am wary of claiming...
Get ready for your neocortex extension, says Ray Kurzweil; that big neocortex is what made the mammals so much greater than the reptiles and soon you’ll be able to summon up additional cortical capacity from the cloud to help you think up clever things to say. Think of the leap forward that will enable! There […]
The Singularity is the day in the future when machine intelligence exceeds all human intelligence combined. It has been heralded by futurists such as Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge, and it is has provided the inspiration for the investment strategy of one of the world’s most powerful men: Masayoshi Son, CEO and founder of SoftBank. […]
15 years ago, Ray Kurzweil published one of the most significant essays in the history of futurism: “The Law of Accelerating Returns.” This piece showcased the immense power of exponential technology versus linear technology and became a pivotal concept for anyone trying to anticipate what the future held. Show More Summary
Over time, technology offers solutions to old problems while creating new issues in the process. The more powerful the technology, the greater its potential to do good and harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception, and as AI has advanced, worry about its risks has grown too. Show More Summary
According to Ray Kurzweil, learning by doing will become the means by which the next generation of children learns to participate in the world. Technology has already revolutionized education by changing how humans access, store and share knowledge. Show More Summary
In this program, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews noted futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil, as part of the 92nd Street Y “7 Days of Genius” series. Kurzweil is the man Wall Street Journal called a “restless genius” and Google calls their...
As technology and innovation move faster and faster, concerns over ownership and access continue to increase. In answer to a question at Singularity University last year, Ray Kurzweil suggested we need to rethink intellectual property laws to more realistically match today’s pace. Show More Summary
As Uber rolls out its driverless cars in Pittsburgh, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil says he's still working out the moral dilemma in the case of a potentially fatal accident by an autonomous vehicle.
Driving a motor vehicle requires making tough choices in the heat of the moment. Whether slamming on the brakes in traffic or speeding up before a light turns red, split-second decisions are often a choice between the lesser of two evils. Show More Summary
He Was Inspired By Influential Technologist Ray Kurzweil To Make The Move.
People tend to ask Ray Kurzweil all manner of questions about technology and the future. But they also want to know about his own personal philosophy. In one session last summer, a questioner asked Kurzweil if he believes in God. Of course, many of us struggle with the question, he replied, and to him, it's not unambiguous. Show More Summary
Seth Rogen is making a TV show about the Singularity, which will presumably feature some bong hits and dick jokes too, but will primarily be about Ray Kurzweil’s artificial intelligence theory. /Film picked up on the news after Rogen discussed it during a visit to Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast. Show More Summary
Futurist Ray Kurzweil has theorized that the technological singularity—the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses all human intelligence and brings about the end of humanity as we know it—will happen in the next three decades. In a new series for FX, Seth Rogan is ready to joke about it in the meantime. Read more...
In a future where automation has taken most human “jobs,” will humans stop working? It all depends on how you define work, says Ray Kurzweil. He favors the idea of a universal basic income to cover the necessities, but he doesn’t think that means we won’t work. Show More Summary
According to Ray Kurzweil, we’re approaching a time when humans will begin to radically extend their lifespans. This sounds good on the surface, but will we have enough resources to support everyone? And won’t living indefinitely get boring eventually? Not so much, Kurzweil says. Show More Summary
by Angela Guess A recent press release reports, “Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, discussed the law of accelerating returns for technology and its impact on business and society on 8 June 2016 during The Optical Society’s centennial Light the Future program at CLEO:2016 Conference and Expo in San Jose, California, USA. Show More Summary
What is it with Silicon Valley billionaires thinking their money can actually buy research that will help them live forever–or at least, indefinitely. Ray Kurzweil–now a big Google executive–is a transhumanist who hopes to upload his mind into a computer. Peter Theil is of a similar mindset. Show More Summary
For decades, Ray Kurzweil has consistently been wrong about the future. But people still listen to him for some reason. In fact, organisations reportedly pay him $US50,000 ($66,947) per speech to hear him say inane things about the shiny, tech-utopian world of tomorrow. Show More Summary