Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the WALL STREET JOURNAL and “the ultimate thinking machine” by FORBES. INC Magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer 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 text-to-speech synthesiser, the first music synthesiser capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
In 2013 Ray was appointed Director of Engineering at Google.
Among Ray’s many honours, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honour in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office. He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honours from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written four best-selling books. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray’s latest book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, was a New York Times bestseller and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.
Ray Kurzweil’s far-reaching and optimistic views on the future of technology and its implications for society resonate with a wide range of audiences including top U.S. security officials, senior healthcare policymakers, private investors, scientists, business executives, and academic communities. His research focuses on the exponential growth of technology and its path towards ubiquitous computing, reverse engineering the brain, full immersion virtual reality, nanotechnology, the merging of human and machine, and ultimately extreme human life extension. He describes a bright future in which technology will provide solutions to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems.
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