Ray Kurzweil quote

"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 wide awakening."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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

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