Google hires expert futurist Ray Kurzweil

The Singularity is Near

Expert Futurist


Google has hired Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering. Ray Kurzweil is most well known for his books, ‘How to Create a Mind’, and ‘The Singularity is Near’. It is clear that Google is preparing itself for epic technological achievements.




Ray Kurzweil is arguably the most well known and respected forward thinker, he is an expert in the field of artificial brain building, and is the lead theorist about the upcoming technological singularity (the point in the predicted near future when technology outsmarts humans to the extent that we cannot predict the events that will thereafter occur). For more information about him, view his background page.

Ties between Google and Kurzweil have been long standing; Google has part funded the Singularity University.

The opinions of futurists are often laughed off as unrealistic. For example, people look back on predictions that by the year 2000 we would have flying cars. These predictions were not though made based on current trends and realistic needs.

Ray Kurzweil has been so far successfully predicting technological growth based on the proved occurrence of exponential technological growth. In 1999, Kurzweil predicted that in about another decade we would be able to ask questions to a mobile device, and that self driving cars would have been developed. The suggestions were shrugged off as unrealistic. Yet we can now speak to mobile assistants in our hands with access to all public information, and Google has produced self driving cars.

With Kurzweil now on Google’s team with the title of engineer, perhaps the critics may take predictions of the upcoming singularity more seriously.



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  • Andrew Batstone

    “The opinions of futurists are often laughed off as unrealistic.”

    The opinions of Ray “Kurwazy” Kurzweil are equally as unrealistic, perhaps even more so. That guy has an atrocious track record of predicting the future.

    And his knowledge of the human brain/biology is just piss-poor. An actual biologist gives him a spanking below.

    • His track record is actually quite brilliant, so far. I do though agree that, while his calculations for future growth are realistic technologically, there will be obstacles which he hasn’t factored into his estimations. Terrorism for example, and patents will be a big hinderance, as well as safety regulations and complications about how to actually create safe artificial intelligence. Accidents will also set us back. We may even be scared away from certain technologies, but that doesn’t mean everyone will.

      What I am saying is complications are immense and it is impossible to predict them. However, if everything goes perfectly and technology can continue to advance, the singularity MAY be possible.

      Is it not better to plan for the eventuality that we are heading for singularity? That way we are ready for potential huge accelerations in technological advances and we can create a world that does not let these technologies fall into the hands of people who want to do harm or the people who are greedy or racist.

  • I for one will welcome our new AI overlords.

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