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Leading Voices in Higher Education: Ray Kurzweil

Photo by Helene DeLillo. Courtesy of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.


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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.  He spoke at Dartmouth on Novmeber 8, 2012 at 4pm in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer 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.

Arguably the world’s most famous futurist, Dr. Kurzweil has written four national bestselling books on topics in futurism. Ray’s book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.  His next book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, will be released by Viking on November 13, 2012.

Watch the Dartmouth Now Interview with Kurzweil »

Find out more about his upcoming book, How to Create a Mind »


 "If I was a student, this is where I'd want to be." -Larry Page, Google co-founder

Singularity University was jointly founded in 2008 by Peter H. Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil with the mission of leveraging the power of exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Students at SU explore "disruptive technologies", or innovations that displace earlier technologies by creating new market and value networks. SU is based at the NASA Research campus in the heart of Silicon Valley and currently has an enrollment of 80 graduate fellows per year.  The university's name - Singularity - is a term that Kurzweil popularized in his predictions about the point at which computer intelligence surpasses human intelligence.

"Singularity University: Meet the People Who Are Building Our Future"

Watch Ray Kurzweil's TED talk: "A University for the Coming Singularity"