Ray Kurzweil quote

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

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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

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