Ray Kurzweil quote

"Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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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.

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Biological evolution is too slow for the human species. Over the next few decades, it's going to be left in the dust.

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By 2009, computers will disappear. Displays will be written directly onto our retinas by devices in our eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.

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Death is a great tragedy…a profound loss…I don’t accept it…I think people are kidding themselves when they say they are comfortable with death.

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The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.

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Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity -- technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history....

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By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.

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Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain.

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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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The fate of the universe is a decision yet to be made, one which we will intelligently consider when the time is right.

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Emotional intelligence is what humans are good at and that's not a sideshow. That's the cutting edge of human intelligence.

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We'll be able to have very intelligent, little robots with computers going inside our bloodstream, keeping us healthy from inside, destroying cancer at the level of one cell.

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We're democratizing the tools of creativity.

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There are downsides to every technology. Fire kept us warm, but also burned down our villages.

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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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I consider myself an inventor, entrepreneur, and author.

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

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If we could convert 0.03 percent of the sunlight that falls on the earth into energy, we could meet all of our projected needs for 2030.

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Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.

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Launching a breakthrough idea is like shooting skeet. People's needs change, so you must aim well ahead of the target to hit it.

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Find your passion, learn how to add value to it, and commit to a lifetime of learning.

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Does God exist? Well, I would say, not yet

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Intuition is linear; our imaginations are weak. Even the brightest of us only extrapolate from what we know now; for the most part, we're afraid to really stretch.

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Humans feel deeply the suffering of their friends and allies and easily discount/dismiss the comparable experience of their enemies.

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Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.

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A successful person isn't necessarily better than her less successful peers at solving problems; her pattern-recognition facilities have just learned what problems are worth solving.

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Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

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We appear to be programmed with the idea that there are 'things' outside of our self, and some are conscious, and some are not.

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The telephone is virtual reality in that you can meet with someone as if you are together, at least for the auditory sense.

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Microsoft Mobile Oy is a legal construct that was created to facilitate the merger. It is not a brand that will be seen by consumers. The Nokia brand is available to Microsoft to use for its mobile phones...

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Neil Harbisson

Life will be much more exciting when we stop creating applications for mobile phones and we start creating applications for our own body.

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Before mobile phones, I used to call my parents from a phone box and reverse the charges.

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Neil Kinnock

Mobile phones are the only subject on which men boast about who's got the smallest.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Truth is a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations which have been subjected to poetic and rhetorical intensification, translation and decoration […];...

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Susan Wojcicki

I'm excited about the opportunities with mobile phones and being able to receive information on the go and relevant to what I'm doing at that moment in time.

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Jamie Sams

Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power.

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Charlotte Bronte

As to the mouth, it delights at times in laughter; it is disposed to impart all that the brain conceives; though I daresay it would be silent on much the heart experiences. Mobile and flexible, it was...

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As a result, we will continue to see more innovation on the Internet and on mobile phones than on consoles.

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Umar

God forbid, men should be jealous of knowledge as they are jealous of women.

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Andy Rubin

I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet…if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets.

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Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and...

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