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My Interview With Ray Kurzweil, His New Book And Your Questions

Me and Ray at Singularity University in 2011

Ray Kurzweil‘s impact on my life in general but especially on what I have been doing for the past 3 or 4 years is hard to exaggerate. It is a simple fact that I would be neither blogging nor podcasting about exponential technologies, not to mention attending Singularity University, if I haven’t read his seminal book  The Singularity is Near.

Thus it is no surprise that from the very first episode of my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast Ray has been the number one person I wanted to interview.

After 3 years of trying if all goes according to plan, next Wednesday afternoon I should be visiting the Kurzweil Technologies Office in Boston and talking to Kurzweil himself about the technological singularity in general and his new book How to Create a Mind in particular.

One might say that in some sense I have been preparing for this interview for more than 3 years. Still, with a subject such as Ray I clearly need to do more. So I started reading an early copy of How to Create a Mind. I am also thinking a lot about the exponential amount of questions that I would like to ask during those brief 60 minutes I hope to spend with him. Things like:

What should I focus on? What would be interesting for you? Can I come up with questions that he hasn’t been asked before? How can I make this more memorable and unique? How can we reach more people and get them proactively engaged in creating the future? How can I get more financial support for Singularity 1 on 1 so that I can produce many more episodes like this one…

It seems to me that perhaps the best thing I can do is ask you to submit your own questions for Dr. Kurzweil. While I cannot promise that I will end up posing your particular question I can guarantee that I will read carefully and consider all of the ones submitted. In addition, to make it worth your while I will randomly draw the name of one person from those who have posted questions and will preorder a copy of Ray’s book for you. Thus, if you take the time to think about and put the effort into writing a few good questions in the comments section below, you have a shot at not only winning a free copy of How to Create a Mind but also of getting your question answered by Ray Kurzweil himself.

So, what are you waiting for?! Just write down your questions in the comments section below!

P.S. My interview with Ray Kurzweil is the first of the next 30 episodes of Singularity 1 on 1. If you want to see more of those please support my fund-raising campaign: https://www.singularityweblog.com/donate-and-support-singularity-weblog/

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