Ray Kurzweil

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1948 –

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Who is Ray Kurzweil?

Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, a director of engineering at Google. Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He has written books on health, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, as has been displayed in his vast collection of public talks, wherein he has shared his primarily optimistic outlooks on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology.

Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer Kurzweil K250 capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Kurzweil received the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, America's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. He was the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for 2001, the world's largest for innovation. And in 2002 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He has received nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Kurzweil has been described as a "restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. PBS included Kurzweil as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America" along with other inventors of the past two centuries. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among the "most fascinating" entrepreneurs in the United States and called him "Edison's rightful heir".

Famous Quotes:

  • Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

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Born
Feb 12, 1948
Queens
Also known as
  • Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil
  • Raymond Kurzweil
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Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Employment
  • Director of Engineering, Google
    (2012/12 - )
Lived in
  • Queens

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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