Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

— Ray Kurzweil

The most unexpected Ray Kurzweil quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

When you talk to a human in 2035, you'll be talking to someone that's a combination of biological and non-biological intelligence.

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Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge.

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The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.

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By the time of the Singularity, there won't be a distinction between humans and technology. This is not because humans will have become what we think of as machines today, but rather machines will have progressed to be like humans and beyond. Technology will be the metaphorical opposable thumb that enables our next step in evolution.

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A successful person isn't necessarily better than her less successful peers at solving problems; her pattern-recognition facilities have just learned what problems are worth solving.

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Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.

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By 2009, computers will disappear. Displays will be written directly onto our retinas by devices in our eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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Information defines your personality, your memories, your skills.

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What we spend our time on is probably the most important decision we make.

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Nature, and the natural human condition, generates tremendous suffering.

We have the means to overcome that, and we should deploy it.

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Death is a great tragedy…a profound loss…I don’t accept it…I think people are kidding themselves when they say they are comfortable with death.

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If we could convert 0.03 percent of the sunlight that falls on the earth into energy, we could meet all of our projected needs for 2030.

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About Ray Kurzweil

Quotes 76 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Inventor
Birthday October 16

In 1999, I said that in about a decade we would see technologies such as self-driving cars and mobile phones that could answer your questions, and people criticized these predictions as unrealistic.

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Biological evolution is too slow for the human species.

Over the next few decades, it's going to be left in the dust.

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The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.

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Sometimes people talk about conflict between humans and machines, and you can see that in a lot of science fiction. But the machines were creating are not some invasion from Mars. We create these tools to expand our own reach.

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When I was a student at MIT, we all shared one computer and it took up a whole building. The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful. What now fits in your pocket 25 years from now will fit into a blood cell and will again be millions of times more cost effective.

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Evolution is a process of creating patterns of increasing order.

...I believe that it's the evolution of patterns that constitutes the ultimate story of our world. Evolution works through indirection: each stage or epoch uses the information-processing methods of the previous epoch to create the next.

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Intelligence is: (a) the most complex phenomenon in the Universe;

or (b) a profoundly simple process. The answer, of course, is (c) both of the above. It's another one of those great dualities that make life interesting.

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Biology is a software process. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era.

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Intuition is linear; our imaginations are weak. Even the brightest of us only extrapolate from what we know now; for the most part, we're afraid to really stretch.

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A lot of movies about artificial intelligence envision that AIs will be very intelligent but missing some key emotional qualities of humans and therefore turn out to be very dangerous.

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By the end of this decade, computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, with displays built in our eyeglasses, and electronics woven in our clothing, providing full-immersion visual virtual reality.

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Our intuition about the future is linear.

But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.

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Those with engineering skills will build tomorrow's genius computers.

But those with the ability to create knowledge of any kind will be the ones who are best able to extract great value from them. The way to create value in the age of genius machines will be to compile and disseminate knowledge that other people will find useful.

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As we gradually learn to harness the optimal computing capacity of matter, our intelligence will spread through the universe at (or exceeding) the speed of light, eventually leading to a sublime, universe wide awakening.

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Science fiction is the great opportunity to speculate on what could happen.

It does give me, as a futurist, scenarios.

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We only have to capture 1/10,000th of the solar energy landing on earth to completely satisfy all our energy needs.

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By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.

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The key issue as to whether or not a non-biological entity deserves rights really comes down to whether or not it's conscious.... Does it have feelings?

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I'm working on artificial intelligence.

Actually, natural language understanding, which is to get computers to understand the meaning of documents.

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As you go out to the 2040s, now the bulk of our thinking is out in the cloud.

The biological portion of our brain didn't go away but the nonbiological portion will be much more powerful. And it will be uploaded automatically the way we back up everything now that's digital.

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So what used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.

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By the time we get to the 2040s, we'll be able to multiply human intelligence a billionfold. That will be a profound change that's singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier, make us smarter.

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[In] 2029, I think, computers will match and exceed human intelligence in the ways we're now superior, like being funny, where we still have an edge.

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Emotional intelligence is what humans are good at and that's not a sideshow.

That's the cutting edge of human intelligence.

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I envision some years from now that the majority of search queries will be answered without you actually asking. It'll just know this is something that you're going to want to see.

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Inventing is a lot like surfing: you have to anticipate and catch the wave at just the right moment.

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Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity -- technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light.

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Doing real world projects is, I think, the best way to learn and also to engage the world and find out what the world is all about.

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By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.

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All of our schools need to bring 'learn from doing' into the mainstream education, not just afternoon.

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A Singularitarian is someone who understands the Singularity and has reflected on its meaning for his or her own life.

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We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever.

Existing knowledge can be aggressively applied to dramatically slow down aging processes so we can still be in vital health when the more radical life-extending therapies from biotechnology and nanotechnology become available. But most baby boomers won't make it because they are unaware of the accelerating aging process in their bodies and the opportunity to intervene.

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Launching a breakthrough idea is like shooting skeet.

People's needs change, so you must aim well ahead of the target to hit it.

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The software programs that make our body run .

.. were evolved in very different times. We'd like to actually change those programs. One little software program, called the fat insulin receptor gene, basically says, 'Hold onto every calorie, because the next hunting season may not work out so well.' That was in the interests of the species tens of thousands of years ago. We'd like to turn that program off.

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The need to congregate workers in offices will gradually diminish.

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I consider myself an inventor, entrepreneur, and author.

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I'm an inventor. I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.

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