Ray Kurzweil: Self-Driving Cars & Other Predictions

Ray Kurzweil: Self-Driving Cars & Other Predictions

Apr 23

In a wide-ranging speech in front of a standing-room crowd at the SAE World Congress Ray Kurzweil describes how and why he sees technology impacting our lives over the next 30 years and beyond…

Ray Kurzweil’s Predictions for the Next 25 Years

Ray Kurzweil’s Predictions for the Next 25 Years

Jan 26

Ray Kurzweil has received 20 honorary doctorates, has been awarded honors from three U.S. presidents, and has authored 7 books (5 of which have been national bestsellers). He is the principal inventor of many technologies ranging from the first CCD flatbed scanner to the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. He is also the chancellor and co-founder of Singularity University, and the guy tagged by Larry Page to direct artificial intelligence development at Google. Here are a few of his predictions for the next 25 years…

Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Be Like Humans By 2029

Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Be Like Humans By 2029

Jun 12

Ray Kurzweil: In less than two decades, you won’t just use your computers, you will have relationships with them. The personalities of computers’ operating system will be customizable for each user, much like how the operating system in the movie ‘Her’ was portrayed…

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Aug 30

Dmitry Itskov, a Russian billionaire and media mogul, is betting that money can buy eternal life. Itskov’s 2045 Initiative, which is trying to make immortality a reality, launched its own political party in Russia last week: Evolution 2045. Though Evolution 2045 is based in Russia, it aims to create “a new stage of human civilization” throughout the world…

Terence McKenna’s Theory Of Everything

Terence McKenna’s Theory Of Everything

Jun 11

All about Terence McKenna, Timewave Zero Theory, and McKenna’s belief that all of human history and cultural and scientific evolution were moving inexorably towards a “strange attractor” at the end of time (which could occur when the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012)…

Ray Kurzweil Defends His 2009 Predictions

Ray Kurzweil Defends His 2009 Predictions

Mar 23

The title of Alex Knapp’s blog post is “Ray Kurzweil’s Predictions for 2009 Were Mostly Inaccurate” is itself blatantly inaccurate. I made 147 predictions for 2009 in my book The Age of Spiritual Machines (ASM) which I wrote in the mid to late 1990s and which was published at the end of 1998. You can read a detailed and carefully researched 148 page report on all of these predictions (in fact on all of the predictions I’ve made over the past quarter century in a number of different books and publications) here…

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Nov 20

Judging by the run of successful natural disaster films in the past few years, people are fascinated by the idea of the end of the world. In Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, a virus ravaged the UK and beyond; an asteroid was the world-ending threat in Deep Impact and Armageddon; and climate change got a starring role in The Day After Tomorrow. But made-up doomsday tales pale into nothing, creatively speaking, when contrasted with what is actually possible. Look through the lens of science and “the end” becomes much more interesting…

Singularity Summit 2011 In New York City

Singularity Summit 2011 In New York City

Jun 28

The Singularity Summit 2011 will be a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. The confirmed speakers include futurist Ray Kurzweil, neuroscientist Christof Koch, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark, AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky, MIT polymath Alexander Wissner-Gross, DARPA challenge winner Riley Crane, Skype founder Jaan Tallinn, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, economist Tyler Cowen, television personalities Jason Silva and Casey Pieretti, and robotics professors James McLurnkin and Robin Murphy…

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Feb 10

The end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away. We will successfully reverse-engineer the human brain by the mid-2020s. By the end of that decade, computers will be capable of human-level intelligence. Kurzweil puts the date of the Singularity — never say he’s not conservative — at 2045. In that year, he estimates, given the vast increases in computing power and the vast reductions in the cost of same, the quantity of artificial intelligence created will be about a billion times the sum of all the human intelligence that exists today…

2.08 Billion Now Use Internet; 5.28 Billion Use Cell Phones!

2.08 Billion Now Use Internet; 5.28 Billion Use Cell Phones!

Jan 28

There are now about 6.8 billion on planet Earth. At the end of 2010, 2.08 billion now use the Internet; 5.28 billion use cell phones…

Documentary: Transcendent Man (Now Available For Pre-Order)

Documentary: Transcendent Man (Now Available For Pre-Order)

Jan 20

Now available for pre-order – Transcendent Man is the documentary film that introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with the super-intelligent machines we have created and can live forever… all within the next thirty years…

News: Singularity University Goes International

News: Singularity University Goes International

Sep 29

Singularity University (SU) announced today that it is launching its first international program, in Brazil…

News: Computers Set For Quantum Leap

News: Computers Set For Quantum Leap

Sep 16

A new photonic chip that works on light rather than electricity has been built by an international research team, paving the way for the production of ultra-fast quantum computers with capabilities far beyond today’s devices. Future quantum computers will, for example, be able to pull important information out of the biggest databases almost instantaneously. As the amount of electronic data stored worldwide grows exponentially, the technology will make it easier for people to search with precision for what they want…

News: Providing Low-Cost Clean Water For A Billion People

News: Providing Low-Cost Clean Water For A Billion People

Sep 09

A filtration cube measuring 165mm (6.5 inches) per side could produce 100,000 gallons of purified water per day at 1 psi…

News: Singularity University to Unveil Breakthrough Solutions for ‘Global Grand Challenges’

News: Singularity University to Unveil Breakthrough Solutions for ‘Global Grand Challenges’

Sep 09

This summer, 80 students from 35 nations were challenged to apply innovations in exponentially advancing technologies to solve some of the world’s “grand challenges” with a focus on food, water, energy, upcycle, and space industries.

On Monday, September 13, at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET, in a webinar briefing, Singularity University co-founders Dr. Ray Kurzweil, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, and faculty head Dr. Dan Barry will unveil for the first time multiple solutions in each problem space, each aiming to impact a billion people within ten years…