76+ Ray Kurzweil Quotes (Innovative, Futuristic And Visionary)

Top 10 Ray Kurzweil Quotes (BEST)

  1. Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.
  2. Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge.
  3. When you talk to a human in 2035, you'll be talking to someone that's a combination of biological and non-biological intelligence.
  4. The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.
  5. 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.
  6. Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.
  7. By 2009, computers will disappear. Displays will be written directly onto our retinas by devices in our eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  8. Information defines your personality, your memories, your skills.
  9. What we spend our time on is probably the most important decision we make.
  10. Nature, and the natural human condition, generates tremendous suffering. We have the means to overcome that, and we should deploy it.

Ray Kurzweil Short Quotes

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  • The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.
  • By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.
  • We're democratizing the tools of creativity.
  • I do have to pick my priorities. Nobody can do everything.
  • The need to congregate workers in offices will gradually diminish.
  • By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.
  • I consider myself an inventor, entrepreneur, and author.
  • The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.
  • There are downsides to every technology. Fire kept us warm, but also burned down our villages.
  • Find your passion, learn how to add value to it, and commit to a lifetime of learning.

Ray Kurzweil Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

Biological evolution is too slow for the human species. Over the next few decades, it's going to be left in the dust. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

Science fiction is the great opportunity to speculate on what could happen. It does give me, as a futurist, scenarios. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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

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? — Ray Kurzweil

I'm working on artificial intelligence. Actually, natural language understanding, which is to get computers to understand the meaning of documents. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

[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. — Ray Kurzweil

Emotional intelligence is what humans are good at and that's not a sideshow. That's the cutting edge of human intelligence. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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

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

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. — Ray Kurzweil

Launching a breakthrough idea is like shooting skeet. People's needs change, so you must aim well ahead of the target to hit it. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

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. — Ray Kurzweil

Our technology, our machines, is part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings. — Ray Kurzweil

People talk philosophically, Oh, I don't want to live past 100.' You know, I'd like to hear them say that when they're 99. — Ray Kurzweil

We'll be able to have very intelligent, little robots with computers going inside our bloodstream, keeping us healthy from inside, destroying cancer at the level of one cell. — Ray Kurzweil

Machines will follow a path that mirrors the evolution of humans. Ultimately, however, self-aware, self-improving machines will evolve beyond humans' ability to control or even understand them. — Ray Kurzweil

My mission at Google is to develop natural language understanding with a team and in collaboration with other researchers at Google. — Ray Kurzweil

The fate of the universe is a decision yet to be made, one which we will intelligently consider when the time is right. — Ray Kurzweil

The ethical debates are like stones in a stream. The water runs around them. You haven't seen any biological technologies held up for one week by any of these debates. — Ray Kurzweil

We are beginning to see intimations of this in the implantation of computer devices into the human body. — Ray Kurzweil

The Singularity denotes an event that will take place in the material world, the inevitable next step in the evolutionary process that started with biological evolution and has extended through human-directed technological evolution. however, it is precisely in the world of matter and energy that we encounter transcendence, a principal connotation of what people refer to as spirituality. — Ray Kurzweil

To transcend means to "go beyond," but this need not compel us to an ornate dualist view that regards transcendent levels of reality (e.g., the spiritual level) to be not of this world. We can "go beyond" the "ordinary" powers of the material world through the power of patterns. Rather than a materialist, I would prefer to consider myself a "patternist." It's through the emergent powers of the pattern that we transcend. — Ray Kurzweil

The profound aspect of technology is that once secrets are revealed, the magic doesn't disappear. — Ray Kurzweil

We appear to be programmed with the idea that there are 'things' outside of our self, and some are conscious, and some are not. — Ray Kurzweil

Although I'm not prepared to move up my prediction of a computer passing the Turing test by 2029, the progress that has been achieved in systems like Watson should give anyone substantial confidence that the advent of Turing-level AI is close at hand. If one were to create a version of Watson that was optimized for the Turing test, it would probably come pretty close. — Ray Kurzweil

Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain. — Ray Kurzweil

Does God exist? Well, I would say, 'not yet'. — Ray Kurzweil

By 2010 computers will disappear. They'll be so small, they'll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to our retina, providing full-immersion virtual reality, augmented real reality. We'll be interacting with virtual personalities. — Ray Kurzweil

Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it. — Ray Kurzweil

As order exponentially increases, time exponentially speeds up. — Ray Kurzweil

Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we'd find it hard to live without it. Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it. — Ray Kurzweil

It is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we'll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years. — Ray Kurzweil

Play is just another version of work — Ray Kurzweil

Life Lessons by Ray Kurzweil

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  1. Ray Kurzweil has taught us to never give up on our dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem. He has shown us that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
  2. He has also shown us that failure is a part of life, and should not be feared. Instead, it should be used as a learning opportunity to grow and become better.
  3. Ray Kurzweil has demonstrated that it is important to stay curious and open-minded, as this is the key to discovering new ideas and solutions.

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