How Ray Kurzweil Sees the Future

A Q&A with the top author, computer scientist, futurist, inventor, and Google engineering director. Ray Kurzweil has been called “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” Currently an author and the Director of Engineering at Google, Kurzweil is a leading authority on futurism, transhumanism, and artificial intelligence (AI), and is one of the fathers of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, and electronic music technology. In books like 1990’s The Age of Intelligent Machines, 1999’s The Age of Spiritual Machines, and 2005’s The Singularity is Near, Kurzweil also laid out a complex vision for the future. He believes, among many predictions, that an artificially intelligent computer will pass the Turing Test by 2029, advances in genetics and biotechology will reverse the effects of aging, and that creating a synthetic neocortex will…


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