Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil is worth listening to for a number of reasons. His thinking on the future of technology and its impact on people is of itself cutting edge and controversial. But Ray Kurzweil isn't merely an observer of trends, he is also one of the most decorated inventors in the USA, a celebrated entrepreneur and a leading force in driving the evolution of a range of technologies.
In short, he doesn't just predict the future of technologies, he helps turn those futures into reality. Which is why his recent move to join Google as a Director of Engineering is, in my view, a significant development. Ray Kurzweil's vision, intellect and drive combined with the intellectual and financial resources of Google make for a very formidable combination, particularly when applied to the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
In this ten minute TED talk, Ray provides a short overview of the evolution of human intelligence and the approach, based on an understanding of hierarchies of pattern recognition, that he is taking to replicate it in computers. As I've said on many occasions, even if he's only partially correct about what's possible, the disruption will be massive.
If you're interested in getting some insights about the future of artificial intelligence and the way it might play out in our lives then this short talk from one of the key architects of the future is definitely worth taking the time to watch.