Category Archives: Innovation

The Age of the Spiritual Machines

“By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.” ~Ray Kurzweil

Every morning I try to do something that is good for the body, mind and soul. On the intellect front, today I am hitting you with the man Forbes describes as “the ultimate thinking machine”. Ray Kurzweil heads up AI at Google (Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google – and Have it Serve You) and is one of my favorite futurists/technologists.

On the consciousness of machines =>

“Once computers are as complex as the human brain, and can match us in subtlety and complexity of thought, are we to consider them conscious? Ex: if a person scans his brain through a scanning technology and downloads his mind to his personal computer, is the “person” who emerges in the machine the same consciousness as the person who scanned it?”

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“The Beginning Is Near” ~The Imaginary Foundation 

Feel what Ray is putting down? Read the first chapter of his book here where he elaborates on the quote and examines the law of time and chaos.

You may also fancy these particularly interesting Big Think videos from Kurzweil:

“After The Singularity, We’ll All Be Robots.”

“We will come to accept entities which are not biological as conscious.”

“Will Nanotechnology End Disease As We Know It?”

“We will soon be able to combat disease at the level of a single cell.”

If you are keen to learn more from the indomitable mind of Ray Kurzweil, order your copy of “The Age Of The Spiritual Machines” here.

Great Advice For A Restless Mind

“Push yourself to do something this year that you would never have dreamed to do the year before. You’ll be amazed with where you end up.” ~HBR

270244_217687938268482_80416_nIn swimming, I learned the important lesson that the best athletes in the pool are never competing with the person in the next lane, they are competing with themselves. Swimmers are constantly striving to beat their own record and to race a millisecond faster today than they were racing the day before.

I came across an article in HBR this morning that reminded me of a similar concept in terms of work, life and travel. If you make a pact with yourself to beat what you were doing this year and continue to build on that trend, amazing things are sure to follow. If you choose to stay on the same path, you run the risk of growing bored,  and may become angry with yourself for settling into complacency.

Ex: If you told me a year ago that I would be sitting at iHub, Nairobi this morning drinking a cappuccino among a group of talented East African techies, I would have thought that you were crazy.  If you told me the year before that I would be working in SF tech and learning from brilliant minds whose work I had only read about in the past, I would also have told you that you were loco.

With many options available, I’m not exactly sure where I will be sitting a year from today although the ideas are slowly starting to take shape. I’m certain that if I can build on these experiences and connect the dots, it will be somewhere worthwhile – working on projects I am passionate about around the world with people I admire, respect and love.

The world is wide open for those who are willing to jump, but it serves as a good reminder that we must continue to push ourselves into the unknown and refuse to settle for the comfortable and familiar. If you live your life this way, extraordinary adventures are sure to follow but you have to choose to make them happen. In the end, you are not competing with the person in the next lane, you are competing with yourself.

The Creed Of The Persistent And Passionate Mind

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Peter H. Diamandis is an engineer, physician and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. He also started the Zero-Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures Ltd., International Space University and Planetary Resources.

Check out Peter making the case for optimism via technology in one of my favorite TED talks here.