Ray Kurzweil

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‘Treat technology as a citizen and not just as a consumer’ says Jamie Susskind.

I have always been excited by Arthur C Clarke’s vision of the future. In his prescient 1962 book Profiles of the Future Clarke predicted that by 2040 (...)

Barbara Ehrenreich almost revels in explaining how little control we actually have over our lives. Photograph: David Scull/The New York Times

The day I was due to talk to Barbara Ehrenreich to discuss her new book, Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control, a beloved uncle died(...)

Ray Kurzweil’s prediction rate has been rated 86 per cent accurate to date

Ray Kurzweil is director of engineering at Google but he is better known for writing best-selling books outlining the future of artificial intelligenc(...)

The  Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which stores “cephalons”, or frozen heads and other body parts, ready for hopeful reanimation. Photograph: Laura Segall/New YorkTimes

Mark O’Connell has spent the past few years meeting people who want to upload their minds to robots and never die. He has visited warehouses filled wi(...)

Christian Bale stars as John Connor in ‘Terminator Salvation’. A recent draft EU report suggested all robots should have an integrated “kill switch”

On January 15th 2015, the Future of Life Institute announced it had received $10 million in funding from world-famous technology entrepreneur Elon Mu(...)

Saint Etienne church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where Fr Jacques Hamel was killed. Terrorism – the use of murderous violence against civilians to spread fear and uncertainty – is inextricably linked with the emergence of mass media. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

We live in an increasingly dangerous and terrifying world. Religious fanatics and the psychologically disordered threaten our lives in an escalating (...)

How many likes would a status from the afterlife get? Probably more than your eggs benedict. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Christmas is a bad time to be on social media. The passive aggressive tweeting about family’s shortcomings, the Instagram feed cluttered with over-the(...)

Peter Fisk’s book is a richly researched work on an interesting subject.

Game-changing businesses, the focus of this book, are disruptive and innovative start-ups and corporations that are reshaping economies in every secto(...)

Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive of the X Prize Foundation: “Most CEOs today are focused on quarterly returns . . . They are unaware of [what is coming down the track] which will be massively disruptive”. Photograph: Nadine Rupp/Getty Images

Dr Peter Diamandis is a man who sees the future in the present. His mission he says is “to open the space frontier for humanity” and he believes it is(...)

Every night on tour, Janelle Monae would walk over to an easel set up onstage and start to paint. Monae was the star turn, a woman who knew that every(...)