Ray Kurzweil has been described as the restless genius by the Wall Street Journal, and the ultimate thinking machine by Forbes.Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the rightful heir to Thomas Edison, and PBS included Ray as one of 16 revolutionaries who made America, along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray’s web site: (http://www.KurzweilAI.net) has over one million readers.
Among Ray’s many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office.
He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the
#1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray’s latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.
Only technology can provide the scale to overcome the challenges with which human society has struggled for generations. Within a couple of decades non-biological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence and will necessarily soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge. Intelligent nanorobots will be deeply integrated in the environment, our bodies and our brains, providing vastly extended longevity, full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses, experience ‘beaming’, and enhanced human intelligence. These emerging technologies will be a great leveler in eliminating the handicaps associated with sensory and physical disabilities.
The exciting keynote from Ray Kurzweil will be moderated by Henrik FÃ¸hns who is host and editor of the price winning radioshow Harddisken – the only radioshow on information technology and futurism in Denmark. He co-founded the program in 1993 at the Danish Broadcast Corporation P1.
In 2009 he received an honorary price for his work on spreading the knowledge of new technology during the past two decades. His work as a reporter, editor and entrepreneur has been groundbreaking in the use of digital media since the early nineties.
In March 2010 Henrik FÃ¸hns attended the executive program at the Singularity University in California, which was co-founded by Ray Kurzweil.
His reporting from SU can be found at http://www.dr.dk/harddisken (only in Danish)
Claus F. Nielsen, Chair man of the AAL Forum Programme Committee is excited about the presence of one of the worlds biggest thinkers. \”We are dealing with huge challenges for the future ageing society, and Ray Kurzweil will hopefully send the AAL Forum 2010 particpants back home to work with technology, loaded with inspiration and new thoughts. I hope so. Ray Kurzweil is the best way to end an exciting week of Ambient Assisted Living in Odense – It can not be bigger in this field.\”
Ray will speak Friday the 17th of September in Odense Congress Centre at 10.45-12.30. Due to his presence one day tickets is also available. To register please click here
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