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Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil Ray Kurzweil was recently on Real Time with Bill Maher promoting his film Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil, which is now available on DVD. Transcendent Man was reviewed in a previous blog post here [Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil, "Prepare to Evolve, the Universe is About to Wake Up!"]
Ray Kurzweil on Real Time with Bill Maher Ray Kurzweil later in the show on Overtime
Notable Quotes During Ray Kurzweil Interview by Bill Maher
● “We’ll be able to have very intelligent, little robots with computers going inside our bloodstream, keeping us healthy from inside, destroying cancer at the level of one cell.” Ray Kurzweil
● “In 2029, I think computers will match and exceed human intelligence in the ways that we are now superior, like being funny, where we still have an edge.” Ray Kurzweil
● “Emotional intelligence is what humans are good at and that’s not a sideshow. That’s the cutting edge of human intelligence.” Ray Kurzweil
● “In movies and TV shows whenever the computers get that smart – they fuck us over.” Bill Maher
● “We’re democratizing the tools of creativity.” Ray Kurzweil
● “In 2029, you can have this computer that has all the answers, it is infallible. Do you really think the Tea Baggers are going to believe it?” Bill Maher
● There are downsides to every technology, fires kept us warm but also burned down our villages.” Ray Kurzweil
● “You’re talking about machines that can know everything like ‘God’ does and living forever. You’re going to piss (religious) people off. I mean, you’re selling crack on their corner when you talk about infallibility and living forever.” Bill Maher
● “The reality is, these technologies are readily adopted once they come out.” Ray Kurzweil
● “People talk philosophically, ‘Oh, I don’t want to live past 100′. You know, I’d like to hear them say that when they are 99.” Ray Kurzweil
● “The new paradigm is to reprogram our bodies. You and I have outdated software in our bodies.” Ray Kurzweil
About Ray Kurzweil
A Brief Career Summary
Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray’s web site Kurzweil AI.net has over one million readers.
Among Ray’s many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame , established by the US Patent Office.
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.
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