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July 24, 2013

Wall Street Journal Chats With Ray Kuzweil




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Ray Kurzweil — the noted innovator, inventor and current Director of Engineering at Google — answered questions from WSJ editor Gabriella Stern and Startup of the Year entrepreneurs covering Moore's Law, cloud computing, patents, entrepreneurship and many other topics in a recently recorded live chat.




Ray Kurzweil — the noted innovator, inventor and current Director of Engineering at Google — answered questions from WSJ editor Gabriella Stern and Startup of the Year entrepreneurs covering Moore's Law, cloud computing, patents, entrepreneurship and many other topics in a recently recorded live chat.

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Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.

He was the principal inventor of the first CCD flatbed 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.

Kurzweil is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office.

He has received nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Kurzweil has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science.

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Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity Is Near, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy. His latest New York Times bestseller is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

He was recently appointed Director of Engineering at Google.  He is working on the problem of natural language understanding.  He calls this a key technology in having computers achieve human intelligence levels.



SOURCE  WSJ Digital Network

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