Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next

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From A TED Original Podcast
Join head of TED Chris Anderson for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from predicting the future arc of technology thinks is coming our way next — including a specific prediction of when he thinks technology will finally gain human levels of language understanding.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ray Kurzweil · Inventor, futurist
Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text and audio technology. He’s revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of technology, the limits of biology and the future of the human species.
Chris Anderson · Head of TED
After a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.

 

*This article is a repost which originally appeared on the TED website.

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Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. He is considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He has received 20 honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. He has authored 7 books, 5 of which have been national bestsellers. In 2012, Ray Kurzweil became a Director of Engineering at Google, at Research at Google — heading up a team of engineers developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding. Ray Kurzweil is not an official expert of TheBioHacker.com. He was selected by TheBioHacker as an official expert of the biohacking community, and some of his work is curated here. Visit his official website at Kurzweil.net, or buy his book, ‘Fantastic Voyage.'

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