Ray Kurzweil Looks At Innovations in Innovation

Friday, June 14, 2013


 Ray Kurzweil
At the recent Launch: Silicon Valley conference, 33rd Square favorite Ray Kurzweil gave an interesting talk, including his history of entrepreneurship.


At the recent Launch: Silicon Valley conference, 33rd Square favorite Ray Kurzweil gave an interesting talk.

Kurzweil is known as 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, Kurzweil 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."

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil


Kurzweil 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.

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Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds nineteen honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Kurzweil has written seven books, five of which have been national best-sellers including The Singularity Is Near and his latest book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed have been New York Times Bestsellers.

He was recently appointed as Director of Engineering at Google.

Full of his usual anecdotes and examples, in this talk, Kurzweil also looks at his history in entrepreneurship.

Particularly great in this video is the question and answer session at the end.



SOURCE  SV Forum

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