Ray Kurzweil

Published on October 19, 2017

Inventor, Author & Futurist | USA

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. The Wall Street Journal called him a “restless genius,” Forbes called him “the ultimate thinking machine,” and Inc. magazine described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of 16 revolutionaries who made America.

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

Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he received the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in the field of music technology. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and holds 21 honorary doctorates and honors from three US presidents.

Kurzweil has written five bestselling books, including The Singularity Is Near and How To Create A Mind.  He is co-founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and Director of Engineering at Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.


Watch Raymond Kurzweil's opening speech on how “Humans are Hurtling Exponentially Towards a Healthier, Wealthier, More Expressive Future”.

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