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Ray Kurzweil

Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Zoltan Istvan

I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers.

Dear Ray Kurzweil

Kevin F. Adler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Kevin F. Adler

You connected Singularity University to my work with one simple insight: stories were the first invention. Life is pretty short in prehistoric times if the story of the lion behind the rock is not effectively communicated.

A New State Of Mind In California

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

California's state of mind, as much as its magnificent landscape, has always loomed large in the global imagination. And just when many were beginning to believe that the future of the Golden State had passed it by, California is breaking new ground again on many fronts.

Our Mother the Machine

Dan Rockmore | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Dan Rockmore

Machine-made consciousness remains one of the great challenges of modern science. "Ex Machina" makes us think about what that might mean.

Expecting the Unexpected

Master Charles Cannon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Master Charles Cannon

Sounds like we should be expecting the unexpected! If that seems contradictory, let's back up a moment for a perspective view. We may assume we control our lives, that there is order to our days. Is that really true? We have our routines, our habits, but at any moment it can all be disrupted.

The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than We Are

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 06.27.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Within seven years -- about when the iPhone 11 is likely to be released -- the smartphones in our pockets will be as computationally intelligent as we are. It doesn't stop there, though. These devices will continue to advance, exponentially, until they exceed the combined intelligence of the human race.

What Happens When Our iPhones Become More Intelligent Than Us?

Singularity University | Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 04.27.2015 | World

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and stora...

Will 'Smart Drugs' Soon Sweep the Nation?

Bobby Azarian | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Bobby Azarian

If you haven't heard of the term "biohacking", you may already be being outcompeted by those who have. A biohacker has generally been defined as someone who aims to gain control over their own biology.

Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

Steve Leveen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology
Steve Leveen

I find myself on a quest to learn how bilingualism might become the norm in America rather than the exception. That is, how most Americans might speak English plus another language of their choice. It seems clear that technology will play a role in accomplishing that transformation.

Old Family Recipe for a Thanksgiving of Books

Steve Leveen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Steve Leveen

Being no cook, I offer no recipes for oyster stuffing or pumpkin tarts, but I am going to share my recipe for cooking up a Thanksgiving of books, and you're welcome to it.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?

Transhumanism and All My Mortal Friends

James Moore | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
James Moore

Transhumanism is an idea that we can transcend mortal definitions of our lives. There are already discussions about uploading consciousness and memory to computer networks to enable the human experience to continue even if only in an incorporeal form.

Neuromorphic Processors and the Fall of Man

Francis Levy | Posted 04.30.2014 | Technology
Francis Levy

What will happen when a computer cannot only think, but can think better than a brain? In terms of executive function. if the brain, which heads the ...

Google Will Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse Does, Top Exec Says

Posted 02.23.2014 | Technology

Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering at Google, believes that the tech behemoth will soon know you even better than your spouse does. Kurzweil...

Despite Skepticism, Many People May Embrace Radical Transhumanist Technology in the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I often get asked in a highly dubious way: Could you really just let yourself disappear into a machine, Zoltan?

The Singularitarian: Exponential Ad Astra!

Ayodele Faiyetole | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Ayodele Faiyetole

I once argued, in an article published in South Africa back in 2005 and entitled, "ISU: Space Education For The Next Generation", that with the contin...

How Futurists Claim 'Immortality' Will Be Possible

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 06.18.2013 | Science

NEW YORK — By 2045, humans will achieve digital immortality by uploading their minds to computers — or at least that's what some futurists believ...

The Rise of the Wonderjunkie

Max Lugavere | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Max Lugavere

Today, information is everywhere; it is cheap, it is instant, and it is constant. Technology is the intravenous fix for the wonderjunkie in all of us, but unlike other addictions, this one is healthy. We should embrace the discomfort of insights unfamiliar to us and live outside of our filter bubbles.

To Succeed in the 21st Century, Leaders Need to Apply 'Exponential Thinking'

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Kay Koplovitz

Exposing leaders in industry and innovation to understand the great potential we have at our command today is critical to their mission to improve the human conditions for the 7.2 billion people on earth.

Why Translators Are the New Blacksmiths

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

Just as blacksmiths helped move us into the industrial age, our modern-day wordsmiths - translators and interpreters - will help us move from the current age, in which information is merely available, to an age in which information also becomes highly relevant and useful.

Technology Evolution

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 04.09.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

How we will accept these technological advances and whether or not we pursue them is a choice that we, as a species, will have to make sooner than we think.

WATCH: Google's New Director Of Engineering Is Planning To Change The Future Of Humanity

Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact

Inventor Ray Kurzweil hopes to develop ways for humans to live forever, and while he’s at it, bring back his dead father. Behind him is the suppo...

Google, Kurzweil, and the Information Transformation Age

Nataly Kelly | Posted 02.19.2013 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

Google's self-declared mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." It's impossible for Google to accomplish this without translation.

Cara Santa Maria

Is The Singularity Near?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.20.2012 | Science

In a nutshell: the singularity marks a moment when technology trumps the human brain, and the limitations of the mind are surpassed by artificial inte...