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28 Kurzweil - Ray Kurzweil (born 1948) is an American...

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Ray Kurzweil (born 1948) is an American inventor and futurist. He has made notable breakthroughs in optical character recognition software, text-to-speech synthesis, speech-recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He has also become an outspoken champion of the potential of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics to transform humanity’s biology, particularly in his books The Age of Intelligent Machines (1990), The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), and The Singularity is Near (2005). In 2009 he established Singularity University at Moffett Airfield in Sunnyvale . “After the Singularity: A Talk with Ray Kurzweil” John Brockman, editor of Edge.org, recently interviewed Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and its ramifications. According to Ray, "We are entering a new era. I call it 'the Singularity.' It's a merger between human intelligence and machine intelligence that is going to create something bigger than itself. It's the cutting edge of evolution on our planet. One can make a strong case that it's actually the cutting edge of the evolution of intelligence in general, because there's no indication that it's occurred anywhere else. To me that is what human civilization is all about. It is part of our destiny and part of the destiny of evolution to continue to progress ever faster, and to grow the power of intelligence exponentially. To contemplate stopping that--to think human beings are fine the way they are--is a misplaced fond remembrance of what human beings used to be. What human beings are is a species that has undergone a cultural and technological evolution, and it's the nature of evolution that it accelerates, and that its powers grow exponentially, and that's what we're talking about. The next stage of this will be to amplify our own intellectual powers with the results of our technology." Originally published on March 25, 2002 on Edge . RAY KURZWEIL : My interest in the future really stems from my interest in being an inventor . I've had the idea of being an inventor since I was five years old, and I quickly realized that you had to have a good idea of the future if you're going to succeed as an inventor . It's a little bit like surfing; you have to catch a wave at the right time . I quickly realized the world quickly becomes a different place than it was when you started by the time you finally get something done. Most inventor s fail not because they can't get something to work, but because all the market's enabling forces are not in place at the right time . So I became a student of technology trends, and have developed mathematical models about how technology evolves in different areas like computer s, electronic s in general, communication storage device s, biological technologies like genetic scanning, reverse engineering of the human brain , miniaturization , the size of technology , and the pace of paradigm shift s. This helped guide me as an entrepreneur and as a technology creator so that I could catch the
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