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Ray Kurzweil: From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test

Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The law is named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore, who described the trend in his 1965 paper.

Ray Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google. He has written books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity (a moment in time when artificial intelligence having surpassed human intelligence, to radically change civilization, and futurism.

He is also 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.

The Singularity Summit 2011 was a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. The next event will take place in San Francisco, on October 13 & 14, 2012.

Singularity Summit is a multi-day program addressing the latest developments and disruptive influences of exponentially growing technologies. Together the world’s leading thought leaders along with participants will explore areas such as biotechnology & bioinformatics, energy & environmental systems, networks & computing systems, AI & robotics, medicine & neuroscience, and nanotechnology.