Ray Kurzweil (USA) at Ci2019 – The Future of Intelligence, Artificial and Natural

The Future of Intelligence, Artificial and Natural


Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.”

Ray was the principal inventor 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.

Among Ray’s many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

Ci2019 featured over 40 global leaders including Chief Technology Officer of Google Ray Kurzweil (USA), CEO of NESTA Geoff Mulgan CBE (UK), Chief Data and Transformation Officer at DBS Bank Paul Cobban (Singapore), A.I. Experts Professor Toby Walsh and Liesl Yearsley (USA), Co-founder of Oxford Insights Emma Martinho-Truswell (UK), Ethics leader Professor Simon Longstaff, Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI Professor Kathleen Richardson (UK), brain performance neuroscientist Dr Etienne Van Der Walt (South Africa), transdisciplinary Behavioural Scientist Dr Richard Claydon (Hong Kong), Director of the Learning Technology Research Centre Carl Smith (UK), Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO, Deakin University Vice Chancellor Professor Jane Den Hollander, ATO’s Jane King, Innovation & Science Australia CEO Dr Charles Day, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento, Jobs for NSW CEO Nicole Cook, Behaviour Innovation founder & CEO John Pickering, People and Performance expert Andrew Horsfield, TEDx Melbourne’s Jon Yeo and many more to be announced.

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  1. Spread of democracy has taken a huge hit in the US over the course of the previous 4 years; thanks to the orange chimp, lots of US citizens are now effectively even stupider than before.

  2. The "Technological Singularity" is, by definition, the point at which nothing can be said of intelligence, using current intellectual instruments deriving from traditional institutions. You cannot say that you know how intelligence will manifest beyond the "Event Horizon of the Technological Singularity" for to do so is a contradiction in terms. Therefore, the only way to even begin to think about intelligence beyond that point is to define "intelligence" properly, ie, as a universal constant. After all, this is the conclusion "AI" beyond the "Singularity" will arrive at. The same is true, of course, with respect to "Mind" and "Consciousness".

  3. @28:58 "It will solve problems that humans are unable to do."

    DeepMind AlphaFold proved that to be a true statement in November 2020 by solving protein structure modeling that the leading academics have been unable to solve.

  4. @34:44 "In 2029 computers will pass the Turing test and master every definable skill in every definable area, going way past humans."

    Sounds far fetched by 2029. But maybe I'll eat my words.

  5. Let's say jobs are created that we don't know of yet. What prevents A.I. from mastering these jobs as fast as they can be created? Leading us all with not much to do. It's definitely, an interesting topic. I'm more of a conservative, yet the topic of universal basic income needs to at least be talked about. It seems Marx was right in many ways, even know I don't believe in Marxism as a whole.


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