Google’s Ray Kurzweil: From SIRI to Hybrid Thinking

March 16, 2015 •

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Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil on the Technology of the Future

In his book Money, Mastering the Game, Tony Robbins has a chapter entitled “The Future is brighter than You Think,” where he introduces readers to Ray Kurzweil, a Google Director of Engineering and the inventor of Text to Speech Technology. Robins’ fundamental premise that our future is bright stems (pun intended) from revolutionary developments where technology and medicine are working together on concepts that just a few years ago would have been discussed only in science fiction paperbacks.

Concepts like text to speech first introduced in Space Odyssey 2001 and Star Trek are now accepted as reality by six year olds! 3D printing is revolutionizing component manufacturing and will soon be creating human organs.

SIRI Inventor and Master Motivator Embraces Napoleon Hill

Firm believers in Napoleon Hill’s maxim that “what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” Robins, Kurzweil and others presented some of the ways the “technology wave” will overcome the “demographics wave” – baby boomers aging out is expected to create a debt wave that will overwhelm our society and financial systems. They believe technology will handle anything the world has to offer.

One example Tony cites is how burn victims are now treated and released within a few days because doctors spray them with stem cells developed from their own bodies. 3D Printing will allow disaster workers to print shelter for victims of disasters and so much more. The opportunities are limited only by human imagination.

SIRI Evolved from Text to Speech Engines

Many people don’t know that Ray is the brains behind the text to speech technology, which is heard in the form of SIRI daily from your dashboard car mount, and something we now take for granted. Hard to believe, but the technology behind asking your mobile device to find a restaurant or solve a math problem is about thirty years old; DecTalk, one of the first implementation of a talking computer was introduced in 1980’s.

Kurzweil is credited with inventing the flatbed scanner, the first commercial implantation of text to voice and several other break through ideas that we now think of as commonplace. Robbins calls him the Thomas Edison of our times, so when Kurzweil talks, people tend to listen.

Get Ready for “Hybrid Thinking”

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Dr. Kurzweil has at least two TED talks that we know of and in this one says the “law of accelerated returns,” will produce what he calls “hybrid thinking” in the very near future. In hybrid thinking, our brains will be directly linked to all the knowledge of human history via computers implanted in our brains that access the cloud.

When scientists first started mapping the human genome, naysayers said it would take ten lifetimes. Once the law of accelerated returns kicked in, it took just over a decade and although the results to date are astounding, they pale in comparison to what is just around the corner.

Summary

What the human mind can conceive and believe, it can, indeed, achieve and with inventors like Kurzweil and motivators like Robins on our side, there is no telling what we can accomplish in the future. Stay tuned and ask SIRI, as she will no doubt have the answers and human kind will be the benefactors!