Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil (born 1948) is an American inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields as diverse as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism.
He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray’s latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.
In our most recent discussion with Ray, he discusses the ability of natural language machines, such as IBM's Jeopardy!-slaying computer named Watson, to overleap our own cognitive abilities. The result, he says,...
Your computer will be an assistant that helps you through the day, will answer your questions before you ask them or even before you realize you have a question
Being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment - that's the cutting edge of human intelligence.
I'm not actually predicting that until 2029 that we will match human intelligence, but computers will nonetheless do things that humans can't do.
We won't be able to solve the major problems that we have without more intelligence.
I think you have a very different perspective on the future when you consider the exponential growth of information technology.
My prediction is, in a few decades, we will come to accept entities that are not biological as conscious.
There's a million apps out there, and if you look through all of them they're doing remarkable things.