Ray Kurzweil, Google and The Singularity Parody Video

Written by Gina Smith

Ray Kurzweil has now confirmed on his site’s blog that he is in fact joining Google. In a blog post, he writes:

In 1999, I said that in about a decade we would see technologies such as self-driving cars and mobile phones that could answer your questions, and people criticized these predictions as unrealistic. Fast forward a decade–Google has demonstrated self-driving cars, and people are indeed asking questions of their Android phones.”

Kurzweil will join Google December 17, he says, and he will serve Google as its newest Director of Engineering. His primary focus will be on “new projects” regarding “machine learning and language processing.” The move makes sense given Kurzweil’s well-known affections for Google and the fact that Google partially funds Kurzweil’s Singularity Univerisity. I’m awaiting comment from Kurzweil, but in the meantime, check out this parody video of how the Singularity will affect you long after you die.

Source: Tom Scott
Disclosure: This writer worked with Ray Kurzweil in the publicity of her book, the memoir of Steve Wozniak, titled: iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It.(W.W. Norton, 2006). Smith profits directly from sales of that book and indirectly profits from Kurzweil’s continual promotions of the book.

Wozniak and Kurzweil are personal friends. We expect comment from Steve Wozniak, too. Watch this space for the developing story.