Raymond Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, is one of the leading futurists and inventors of our time. He is the New York Times best- selling author of "The Singularity is Near" and has numerous other books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), trans-humanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Some of those books include, "How to Create a Mind," "Fantastic Voyage: The Science Behind Radical Life Extension", "The Age of Spiritual Machines", "The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life", and "The Age of Intelligent Machines."
Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison" by Inc. Magazine. The 2009 documentary, TRANSCENDENT MAN, chronicled his life and ideas. He is also the co-founder of Singularity University, based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley, whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to develop advancing technologies and to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Called "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil's ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans, who range from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton.
Time magazine writes, "Kurzweil's eclectic career and propensity of combining science with practical-often humanitarian-applications have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison." He is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and an inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, among many other honors. he is the author of four books:
Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, 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 has successfully founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, cybernetic art, and other areas of artificial intelligence. All of these technologies continue today as market leaders. Ray's Web site, KurzweilAI.net, is a leading resource on artificial intelligence.
Ray Kurzweil was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize (view the video), the nation's largest award in invention and innovation. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony.
- Science, Technology, and Invention: Strategies to Create the Future
- The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Healthcare and Medicine
- The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Education and Society
- The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: the Impact on Business, the Economy, and Society
- The Web Within Us: When Minds and Machines Become One
- Human Body Version 2.0: When Humans Transcend Biology
- The Coming Merger of Human and Machine: the Radical Expansion of Human Longevity and Intelligence
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