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Ray Kurzweil

Datum narození: 12. únor 1948

Raymond „Ray“ Kurzweil je americký vynálezce, futurolog a jedna z klíčových postav technologického vývoje ve společnosti Google.


„Smrt dává našemu životu smysl. Poskytuje času důležitost a hodnotu. Kdybychom ho měli hodně, ztratil by čas smysl.“

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


„The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.“ The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

„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.“

„Play is just another version of work“ The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

„Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world. —ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER“ The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

„Finally, our new brain needs a purpose. A purpose is expressed as a series of goals. In the case of our biological brains, our goals are established by the pleasure and fear centers that we have inherited from the old brain. These primitive drives were initially set by biological evolution to foster the survival of species, but the neocortex has enabled us to sublimate them. Watson’s goal was to respond to Jeopardy! queries. Another simply stated goal could be to pass the Turing test. To do so, a digital brain would need a human narrative of its own fictional story so that it can pretend to be a biological human. It would also have to dumb itself down considerably, for any system that displayed the knowledge of, say, Watson would be quickly unmasked as nonbiological.“ How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

„Most long-range forecasts of what is technically feasible in future time periods dramatically underestimate the power of future developments because they are based on what I call the “intuitive linear” view of history rather than the “historical exponential” view.“ The Singularity is Near


„you create your brain from the input you get.“ Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever

„The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.“ How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

„A primary reason that people believe that life is getting worse is because our information about the problems of the world has steadily improved. If there is a battle today somewhere on the planet, we experience it almost as if we were there. During
World War II, tens of thousands of people might perish in a battle, and if the public could see it at all it was in a grainy newsreel in a movie theater weeks later. During World War I a small elite could read about the progress of the conflict in the newspaper
(without pictures). During the nineteenth century there was almost no access to news in a timely fashion for anyone.“
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

„How Smart Is a Rock? To appreciate the feasibility of computing with no energy and no heat, consider the computation that takes place in an ordinary rock. Although it may appear that nothing much is going on inside a rock, the approximately 1025 (ten trillion trillion) atoms in a kilogram of matter are actually extremely active. Despite the apparent solidity of the object, the atoms are all in motion, sharing electrons back and forth, changing particle spins, and generating rapidly moving electromagnetic fields. All of this activity represents computation, even if not very meaningfully organized. We’ve already shown that atoms can store information at a density of greater than one bit per atom, such as in computing systems built from nuclear magnetic-resonance devices. University of Oklahoma researchers stored 1,024 bits in the magnetic interactions of the protons of a single molecule containing nineteen hydrogen atoms.51 Thus, the state of the rock at any one moment represents at least 1027 bits of memory.“ The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology


„In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them. —John von Neumann“ How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

„Yes, well, the subjective experience is the opposite of the objective reality“ The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

„What we found was that rather than being haphazardly arranged or independent pathways, we find that all of the pathways of the brain taken together fit together in a single exceedingly simple structure. They basically look like a cube. They basically run in three perpendicular directions, and in each one of those three directions the pathways are highly parallel to each other and arranged in arrays. So, instead of independent spaghettis, we see that the connectivity of the brain is, in a sense, a single coherent structure.“ How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

„We are a pattern that changes slowly but has stability and continuity, even though the stuff constituting the pattern changes quickly.“ How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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