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"We only have to capture 1/10,000th of the solar energy landing on earth to completely satisfy all our energy needs."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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I'm an inventor. I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.

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We're democratizing the tools of creativity.

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People talk philosophically, Oh, I don't want to live past 100.' You know, I'd like to hear them say that when they're 99.

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It is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we'll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years.

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The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.

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