Inventor, Entrepreneur, Writer, and Futurist - Who is Ray Kurzweil?:
Kurzweil Reading Machine for the Blind:
The prototype of the Kurzweil reading machine was completed in 1975, and announced on January 13, 1976. It had only 64,000 bytes of memory and cost $30,000 to $50,000.
Ray Kurzweil - Awards:
- 1990 News' Engineer of the Year award
- 1999 National Medal of Technology, America's highest honor in technology
- 2001 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
Ray Kurzweil - Quotes:
"By 2020 we'll have at least in a routine personal computer type computer about equal to the human brain..."
"I'm Confident About Energy, the Environment, Longevity, and Wealth; I'm Optimistic (But Not Necessarily Confident) Of the Avoidance Of Existential Downsides; And I'm Hopeful (But Not Necessarily Optimistic) About a Repeat Of 9-11 (Or Worse)"
Ray Kurzweil - Books:
Ray Kurzweil - Biography:
At the age of twelve, Ray Kurzweil built his first computing device and learned how to write programs. By the age of fifteen, Kurzweil began researching pattern recognition, and started to design computers to recognition patterns.
In 1970, Ray Kurzweil received his BS from MIT with a double major in computer science and creative writing.
As an entrepreneur, Ray Kurzweil founded Kurzweil Computer Products, a software and hardware company, and Kurzweil Technologies, where he is working on an Accelerating Intelligence Network that showcases the ideas of leading technologists.