Stop Worrying About Whether Machines Are “Intelligent”

Stop Worrying About Whether Machines Are “Intelligent”Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk have sounded warnings that AI, especially robotic weapons, might escape our control and take over. Ray Kurzweil has claimed the “singularity” (his term for the moment of takeover) is at hand, surfacing some of our primitive terrors. Given the trend to a […]

 

Future of employment: why there’s no need to worry

Future of employment: why there’s no need to worryMike Hayward: “It takes optimism to change reality.” We are heading full speed towards a world where you will want for nothing. If you read some of the top technology predictions by leading tech luminaries — think Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google — you’ll quickly see that […]

 

Kurzweil Responds to ‘When Robots Are Everywhere, What Will Humans Be Good For?’ [Video]

Kurzweil Responds to ‘When Robots Are Everywhere, What Will Humans Be Good For?’ [Video]Lately, media around the web has been bracing for robots — not time-traveling robots per se, but robot workers. Specifically, the increased sophistication of artificial intelligence and improved engineering of robotics has spurred a growing concern about what people are going to do when all the regular […]

 

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent . That’s the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google ( GOOGL , Tech30 ), who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York. Kurzweil predicts that humans will become hybrids in the 2030s. That […]

 

How to Make Money Off the Singularity

How to Make Money Off the SingularityWhen the new Terminator flick hits the big screen this summer, movie goers will once again be confronted by a question that has confounded Joe and Jane Average ever since 1984, when we first saw Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wise-cracking cyborg assassin. Now, we are not talking about why […]

 

Exponential Finance: Our Children Won’t Know a Bank Teller from a Chimney Sweep

Exponential Finance: Our Children Won’t Know a Bank Teller from a Chimney SweepWe’re in New York this week to bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC’s Exponential Finance conference. Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile banking, peer-to-peer lending, AI financial advisors, insurance and driverless cars, and more: The financial world will undergo significant change in the coming years. Come here for […]

 

Singularity’s Salim Ismail on Exponentials

Singularity’s Salim Ismail on ExponentialsSingularity University has a lofty mission: to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponentials to address humanity’s grand challenges. Exponentials are accelerating technologies for which performance relative to cost and size is doubling every one to two years—a rate similar to Moore’s Law. In fact, Singularity has […]

 

Immortal But Damned to Hell on Earth

Immortal But Damned to Hell on EarthImagine a supercomputer so advanced that it could hold the contents of a human brain. The Google engineer Ray Kurzweil famously believes that this will be possible by 2045. Organized technologists are seeking to transfer human personalities to non-biological carriers, “extending life, including to the […]

 

The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than usRay 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 storage capacity of a human brain.  He also predicted that Moore’s Law , which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles […]

 

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteriesLiving up to his billing as an inventor/visionary, Ray Kurzweil kicked off an engineering conference in Detroit this week by imagining what might power cars of the future. Sure, he mentioned the self-driving cars his employer Google is working on, but a more interesting response was to a question […]

 
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