Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading inventors of our time, and consummate speaker and facilitator, is featured on the cover of TIME magazine, alongside a five page spread about his ‘Singularity’ theory.
A singularity is a hypothetical event which occurs when technological progress becomes so fast that it makes the future after the singularity qualitatively different.
“Kurzweil believes that we're approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization — will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away.” TIME Magazine
On the subject of technology and the future, there is no more knowledgeable and experienced figure than Kurzweil, whose greatest successes have been the invention 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 and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano.
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