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

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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My view is that consciousness, the seat of "personalness," is the ultimate reality, and is also scientifically impenetrable. In other words, there is no scientific test one can postulate that would definitively...

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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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There is one brain organ that is optimised for understanding and articulating logical processes and that is the outer layer of the brain, called the cerebral cortex. Unlike the rest of the brain, this...

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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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Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we'd find it hard to live without...

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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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What we found was that rather than being haphazardly arranged or independent pathways, we find that all of the pathways of the brain taken together fit together in a single exceedingly simple structure....

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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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When I was a student at MIT, we all shared one computer and it took up a whole building. The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful. What now fits...

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As you go out to the 2040s, now the bulk of our thinking is out in the cloud. The biological portion of our brain didn't go away but the nonbiological portion will be much more powerful. And it will be...

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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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The Singularity denotes an event that will take place in the material world, the inevitable next step in the evolutionary process that started with biological evolution and has extended through human-directed...

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

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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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The software programs that make our body run ... were evolved in very different times. We'd like to actually change those programs. One little software program, called the fat insulin receptor gene, basically...

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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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By 2010 computers will disappear. They'll be so small, they'll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to our retina, providing full-immersion virtual reality,...

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Play is just another version of work

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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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As we gradually learn to harness the optimal computing capacity of matter, our intelligence will spread through the universe at (or exceeding) the speed of light, eventually leading to a sublime, universe...

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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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Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially,...

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So what used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.

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The secret to success is... is no secret. It's called work your Ass off and find a way to add more value to peoples lives than anyone else does!

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Work hard, be patient, and be a sponge while learning your business. Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instincts and don't compromise.

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Man up and add a tux to your wardrobe. Just find one you like and get it well-tailored to your own measurements.

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People who add value to others do so intentionally. I say that because to add value, leaders must give of themselves, and that rarely occurs by accident.

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