Ray Kurzweil quote

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

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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The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.

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

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