Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and Bringing Back the Dead

Just a few days ago I published Ray Kurzweil’s interview for PBS where he spoke about the merging of humans and computers and immortality. Below you can find three more videos from that interview which didn’t make it in the final cut. Still, those are all very interesting because Ray discusses the definition of the technological singularity, his desire to bring back his dead father, immortality and his aggressive regiment of supplementation.

Ray Kurzweil speaks about the technological singularity, the event horizon beyond which we cannot see, virtual reality, mind uploading and continuity of consciousness.

In the second video Ray talks about mortality, his father’s early death, his genetic inheritance of diabetes and cardio-vascular disease, bringing back his dead father and the Turing Test.

In the third video Kurzweil discusses his aggressive daily supplementation regimen aimed at sustaining optimal health and delaying ageing.

 

  • CM Stewart

    “Continuity of consciousness.” That’s also how I define specific consciousness preservation. Once continuity is broken, (for example, in a specific consciousness recreation scenario) the question of preservation becomes muddled.

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  • Nando

    He’s completely lost. This Turing Test is a joke. This is not science (if it is, science is lost).

  • Lu Lu

    Be optimistic. Everything is possible.
    “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas
    Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

    “Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays
    will prove to be a hoax.” — William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British
    scientist, 1899.

    “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Attributed to
    Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

    “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of
    messenger boys.” — Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post
    Office, 1876.

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

    This is as funny as it is true! Love it!!

  • Lu Lu

    IMO, all Singularitarians/futurists/transhumanists should remember these quotes by heart.

  • http://twitter.com/gandhalfthewhit Gandhalf, the White

    I hope he is just crazy or a mental diarrhea, because at some point, one could make Hitler reappear and humanity will be f…d beyond recognition… Why is that some people insist in playing of being God???

  • http://twitter.com/gandhalfthewhit Gandhalf, the White

    People should think if they should not if they could! (from Jurassic Park)

  • Tory Weston

    Process the Brain Patterns in any array of interconnected points dX/dt Neurons, dY/dt Restrictive connectors, and dZ/dt Chemical Receptor. Then take that over a 3-D euclidean manifold then run data at a certain frequency with makes a wave-function computer with current. They finally will make a synthetic-Cyber us. Woot Digital Immortality. (dx,dy,dz)(x,y,z)(f)