During this program, Kurzweil responds to viewer calls and e-mail.
Ray Kurzweil is the author of several books on the subject of artificial intelligence, including The Age of Intelligent Machines, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, and his latest, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. His companies have made major breakthroughs in print, sound, and speech recognition technologies. As a result of his work, he was awarded the 1999 National Medal of Technology by President Clinton.
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Kurzweil is obviously ahead of his time. This is a pretty good conversation between him and a number of callers (at least one who calls him a “crackpot”) with Ray explaining his theories from human longevity to nanotechnology. You don’t get deeper than his two latest books but it is an excellent primer for anyone who is not already familiar with his work
Kurzweil continues to unfold before us incredible possibilities for our future. Whether or not some or any of these revelations ever occur, his thinking propels us forward and provides inspiration for our own thoughts about advancement of the species.
One day, machines will equal and surpass human intelligence. They will be sentient beings that will emote, reason, and have spiritual experiences. Humans will be enhanced with technology that allows them to perform amazing things. This will change how we live, heal ourselves, view religion, God, work, and the meaning of life and society on earth. The next fifty years will be really cool
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