Kurzweil Interviews

Ray Kurzweil has been making the rounds recently. He appeared on the Glenn Beck show on CNN [transcript here], and this article appeared in the NYTimes this week.

The Times article is a good, quick overview of things – a lot of it being why you should listen to Kurzweil (credentials, track record).

The Beck Interview (wish I’d seen it) is a bit more “wowie-zowie” but it’s much more conversational if you like that style.

He appeared on NPR’s “Science Friday” on June 4th: http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200806064

I saw Kurzweil display a prototype of his reading device in Houston. It seemed a bit klunky at the time (usability wise, not size), but it was a prototype, and I have no doubt that it’ll be smooth by the time it comes to market.



3 Responses to “Kurzweil Interviews”

  1. Katie Says:

    I read Fantastic Voyage, The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, and they changed my life. I even found some of his lectures on Itunes and I find myself impatiently awaiting his next book.

    Recently read another incredible book that I can’t recommend highly enough, especially to all of you who also love Ray Kurzweil’s work. The book is “”My Stroke of Insight”” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. I had heard Dr Taylor’s talk on the TED dot com site and I have to say, it changed my world. It’s spreading virally all over the internet and the book is now a NYTimes Bestseller, so I’m not the only one, but it is the most amazing talk, and the most impactful book I’ve read in years. (Dr T also was named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Oprah had her on her Soul Series last month and I hear they’re making a movie about her story so you may already have heard of her)
    If you haven’t heard Dr Taylor’s TEDTalk, that’s an absolute must. The book is more and deeper and better, but start with the video (it’s 18 minutes). Basically, her story is that she was a 37 yr old Harvard brain scientist who had a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, and thanks to her amazingly loving and kind mother, she eventually fully recovered (and that part of the book detailing how she did it is inspirational).

    There’s a lot of learning and magic in the book, but the reason I so highly recommend My Stroke of Insight to this discussion, is because we have powerfully intelligent left brains that are rational, logical, sequential and grounded in detail and time, and then we have our kinesthetic right brains, where we experience intuition and peace and euphoria. Now that Kurzweil has got us taking all those vitamins and living our best “”Fantastic Voyage”” , the absolute necessity is that we read My Stroke of Insight and learn from Dr Taylor how to achieve balance between our right and left brains. Enjoy!

  2. apatheticzeal Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I heard her TED talk before, but haven’t read her book. I’ll have to add it to my list.

    Here’s a quick link to Dr. Taylor’s talk for the rest of you.

  3. jasonhenle Says:

    The Singularity is Near is being made into a movie for next year! The Singularity is Near Movie.

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