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Glenn Beck Interviews Ray Kurzweil

This is the video of Glenn Beck interviewing Ray Kurzweil. Some of the topics discussed during their 30 minute conversation are issues such as the technological singularity, artificial intelligence, the law of accelerating returns and Ray’s latest book How To Create A Mind.

I don’t know if you are a fan of Glenn Beck’s or not. I myself am far from it. Still, I always enjoy hearing Kurzweil’s thoughts on a variety of topics and this time they are accompanied by a few hilarious Glenn Beck gems such as:

“For instance, there is a difference between Yahoo and Google. I use Yahoo and try not to use Google, much of it your [Ray Kurzweil’s] work. I try not to use Google but Google is by far… I mean I can type like 5 different things and I’m not finding it with Yahoo. […] I use Yahoo and not Google because I am helping you create artificial intelligence if I use Google. And I am not a technophobe, I like technology. I just don’t trust…”

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“What is the difference between you [Ray Kurzweil] and somebody who worked in the eugenics program in the 1930s?!…”

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“I have to tell you – I am both celebrating and despise you [Ray Kurzweil] at the same time. I am torn because I just don’t know how it’s gonna end…”

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  • CM Stewart

    Beck says he helps create AI when he googles? I think he gives himself way too much credit.

    Another gem- he thought Kurzweil downed 3000 pills per day. Assuming 8 hours of unconsciousness per day, that works out to a little over 3 pills per minute, which I’m reasonably sure Kurzweil could do, but I would assume he would opt for intravenous long before that point. I really hand it to Kurzweil for not busting out laughing at Beck during the interview. Yet another exceedingly rare talent.

    I’m also glad Kurzweil grants interviews to Beck. :)

  • http://twitter.com/33rdsquare 33rdsquare

    I watched the interviews too, but Beck is just too much. Reminds me of a word that rhymes with ‘whoosh’…I don’t know how he stays on TV. Hopefully Kurzweil sells some books for his appearance.

  • fgbouman

    How about Beck dis-constructing AI when he googles? Perhaps all of his ilk should be confined to Yahoo(Bing).
    I think he was really saying “a lot” when he said 3,000. Even he can’t be that dull. Can he?

  • https://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    You are hilarious – confine them to Yahoo…. hahaha! You are showing no mercy friend ;-)

  • CM Stewart

    Beck showed no hint of humor when he said 3000. So it seems he was serious. This is a guy who said (available on youtube) that he was glad to drink “Mormon Kool-Aid.”

  • SHaGGGz

    Beyond boosting book sales, I’m puzzled as to why Kurzweil would go on Beck’s show. Beck’s aim is not to foster anything resembling constructive dialogue or insight, and Kurzweil’s being there both tarnishes his own legitimacy and unduly confers it to Beck.

  • CM Stewart

    I believe Kurzweil wants to inform as many people as possible.

  • https://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    I think you are not giving Ray enough credit friend, he is behaving pretty well in the face of endless stupidity. I myself wouldn’t be able to hold it… Though I think me and not Ray, would in that way be more likely to confer any legitimacy….

  • SHaGGGz

    I’m not doubting Ray’s ability to hold his composure, I’m saying he’s giving Beck undue legitimacy simply by being on his show and taking him seriously.

  • https://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    Yeah, I got that friend. I myself wouldn’t have gone to that show. However, I think Ray is better than me for he hopes to engage as many people as possible, though he knows better than me that it will take more than one time to change peoples mind… if ever…

  • SHaGGGz

    Call me jaded, but I severely doubt that Beck’s target demographic is the type to be swayed towards the Kurzweilian point of view or engage with it constructively.

  • Wholewitt

    What happened to the rest of it? Beck said they would be back after the break so there is something still missing. You all should write your Senators to stop the new Electronic Communications Act as mentioned by Beck. article here: http://rt.com/usa/news/privacy-emails-leahy-mccullagh-174/

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.s.jannette Christopher S. Jannette

    Glen Beck is so much better when hes not raving about politics.

  • http://www.scribd.com/Sally%20Morem Sally Morem

    I don’t get it. Beck gave Kurzweil a much better interview years ago. Why did he do this mess?

  • CM Stewart

    Beck seems to be at least partially swayed, so I would guess a portion of his audience may have a similar reaction . . I think Kurzweil is demonstrating his humanitarianism by granting Beck interviews. Knowledge has a way of spreading.

  • http://twitter.com/Matthew_Bailey Matthew_Bailey

    Where is the rest of the interview?

  • tcw3

    I am really put off by the small-minded biggotry shown by the comments about Beck. He gave Ray Kurzweil an excellent forum to promote his book and his ideas. Leave it at that.

  • https://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    Yes friend, I agree with you that Glen did give Ray a forum and an audience. But, as a host of my own show, I also know that the host takes out at least as much as the guest. So, Ray in turn, graciously gave his time, authority and credibility to Glenn Beck… And I for one, believe that on this one occasion it may not have been a fair trade, for in my view Ray gave more than he got. Still, that is why Ray is such as generous, humble persona…

  • http://twitter.com/theFermiParadox thefermiparadox

    Beck use to be funny when he had his show on CNN. Then he went loony right wing conspiracy man at Fox News. I’m glad Beck interviewed Kurzweil. People shroud themselves in their bubble and are not being exposed to good information and ideas outside of their bubble. Even Beck’s viewers need the exposure. Hopefully it will get at least one or two people to check out Ray’s book or his website. More exposure for transhumanism/singularitarianism movement. I’m sure Ray wants to inform people that would otherwise go through life never hearing these issues, as CM said.

    HOWEVER, 99% of Beck’s viewers are a group of people spitting their toenails at the telly. Odd as it seems most are evangelical christians too.

  • advancedatheist

    Kurzweil’s view of “the future” involves computing, computing and (did I mention this already?) even more computing because our political system has allowed freedom in that technology, while most other areas of technological progress in the last 40 years face so many restrictions these days that innovation in them has become effectively illegal. We’ve even seen technological regression in nuclear power, astronautics and aeronautics, along with some areas of medicine involving new drug development, public health, sanitary practices and the control and treatment of infections. That would explain why we have tablet computers and smart phones right out of the last century’s science fiction, but we live in cities which increasingly look like sets for zombie apocalypses. In a rational world, we would have more Kurzweil-like people working on improving our literal life-support systems instead of coming up with new gimmicky applications of computing which we don’t need.

  • Lu Lu

    IMHO, Kurzweil should also do brain scans as well (no matter how low-resolution the modern scanners are, having backups is always better than not having them).

    As the old saying goes: Don’t put all your intelligence in one brain.

  • Lu Lu

    Like Max Tegmark and Seth Lloyd said: “All things in the Universe are mere computation.” (Something to that effect).

    Information technology with merge with other fields of technology and allow exponential improvements in these other technologies. You can’t get alot done without computers.

    But, I have to admit that we people right now lack will power. Consider that the computer aboard the Aldrin-Armstrong’s 1969 lunar craft had only a computing capacity (storage and speed) of many millionth of a modern smartphone, but we have not returned to Moon.

    We need more bold people.

    And yes, I can find real life examples. Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Tesla Motor, the Dutch group Mars One, the Bigelow Space, the Deep Space Industries, to name a few.

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