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Smart Phone Industry Growth

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Smart phone was a turning point in the cell phone manufacturer

The very important reason that RIM and Apple can improve sales rankings in the global handset market is the smart phones such as BlackBerry and iPhone have become increasingly common.

According to research firm Strategy Analytics reports that in the first quarter, the net global Smartphone shipments grew from 54 million and 50% over the same quarter last year 35.9 million. Currently smartphones shipped for 18% of the total global mobile phone shipments accounted for. The British market research company Research Consulting Coda expected to reach the global smartphone sales to 2.5 billions of 2010 and 2015. Smart Phone Sales growth is primarily on the phone, a wide range of services to support and have more applications. Steve Smith, the founder of the company, said: "If it is not Smartphone is able to provide a higher level than standard integration technology cell Phone, we do not see this growth in smartphone sales levels. "

It is reported that Apple's mobile software applications, "Store App Store "announced at the beginning of 2010, there may be more than 100,000 types of applications, for the world in 77 countries and regions, and users to download more than 3 Billion times downloaded. This is precisely the reason for Apple's success.

Unlike Apple's iPhone, BlackBerry success is attributed to four factors: focus on their strengths, customer, business model and the concept of the industrial chain.

Unlike the old cell phone manufacturer Motorola, iSuppli Recent data from the first quarter of 2007showed, the company is the world's second largest mobile phone manufacturer by Nokia and has now dropped to eighth in the world. The industry thought that the main problems, the products interruption of the company.

Fortunately, Motorola begun to change. Tina Teng, iSuppli senior analyst with the mobile communications, said: "His profit margin increased by 19 percentage points in the first quarter a year earlier. This shows Motorola to focus on more profitable products such as the Droid chosen so the right way. "

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Smart Phone Statistics

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Defeating Crime With Digital Camera Cell Phones

The Digital Picture Camera 3G Cell Phone is reshaping the way people interact. As they become more and more popular, especially among teenagers, and higher bandwidth and video compression technologies are introduced, we will see a whole new realm of communication.

As more people communicate on cell phones with video and pictures we could very well see a decrease in crime. Criminals will realize they may be caught on phone if they attempt any criminal activities because of the prevalence of these camera phones. The eyes and ears of society will expand in scope and with that we may likely see random acts of theft, violence, and other crimes decrease.

Of course there will always be the smart criminal who tries to figure out in advance a specific plan to evade detection, but the common criminal element we generally see will increasingly be caught on camera and brought to justice. As more and more criminals are convicted in this manner, it will serve as a deterrent to others as they consider the very real possibility that they too may be caught on camera. This will eventually help to restore order and improve crime statistics.

Mobile phones that integrate digital cameras are sold much more often than stand alone digital cameras. Those areas where people have more cash to spend and are more tech savvy, such as the suburbs of large cities or in the Downtown techno sector, should see lessened crime, as there would be a high percentage of people carrying these phones. However, this could cause a “Criminal Divide” to develop in areas where less techno savvy people reside.

But this could easily change as the price of the technology and cell phones comes down due to economies of scale, numbers of units sold and number of participants on the 3G or 3G plus systems. Many times new technologies have disruptive effects in our economy or society at large. In this case the technology’s unintended consequences may be a more virtuous society and decreased crime, which is a good thing.

If you plan on buying a new phone, getting one with a camera in it is smart. Smart Phones can decrease crime. For more ideas on decreasing crime why not contact your local police department’s community based policing officer or volunteer to start a Neighborhood “Mobile” Watch Program.

Who knows, a teenager on a skateboard may actually get a picture of an International Terrorist taking pictures of important infrastructures, or the license plate of a car, which seems to be out of place, and prevent the next attack. Technology has its advantages, but all too often we discuss the problems and complain about the issues of privacy. Millions of teenagers cruising around with cell phones could prevent abductions from pedophiles, rapists or child molesters. Camera cell phones may prevent shopping mall car thefts as more of the perpetrators get caught.

Camera Cell phones are here to stay and they are getting better all the time. Soon we will have full video feed phones, and wireless PDA’s all with GPS instant coordinate tracking. One call brings it all to the authorities: Video, location, time and your basic: “Who, What, When, Where and How”. It’s growing and it is growing fast. The rule of Law will prevail and crime not only doesn’t pay, it cannot last.

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Smart Phone Market Share 2009

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Apples Iphone4 breaks record! Can it dominate the smartphone market?

The recent launch of iphone4 stormed the smartphone market. So much was the effect that Apple Inc. said it took advance orders for more than 600,000 new iPhones worldwide on the first day the device was available, a deluge of demand that Difficulties in processing orders for U.S. carrier AT & T Inc. caused

Apple said the pre-orders were ever made by the company in a single day, and 10 times higher than for the iPhone 3G last year.

AT & T had previously suspended pre-orders of Apple's iPhone 4 after the telephone giant was not to be recorded Demand for the product around, and the latest is that it sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4s started within the first three days of the phone

Analysts expect were the new model to help Apple sell 36 million iPhones in the year ending September, up about 73% of 20.8 million euros a year earlier.

Do you think Apple still has a long way to dominate the smartphone market or going to become the leader? Take a look at these statistics.

Since the start Three years ago, the Apple iPhone is the biggest company, more than 40% of its revenue. According to research firm IDC, Apple is currently the third largest Smartphone maker in the world with a market share of 16.1% share behind market leader Nokia and Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

Apple increased the iPhone shipments a whopping 131.6% from Q1 2009 to the most recent period Q1 2010 (3800000-8800000). Compare that with an average growth of the sector by 56.7% YoY in programs Smart phones and you start to an idea about the growing influence of the iPhone in the smartphone market.

The answer is that the recent iphone4 in the market and the speed with which it grows, and has received with impressive sales figures, iPhone growth rate of 131.6% YoY in relation to shipments of smart phones is much higher compared to the industry average of 56.7%, all these factors indicates that Apple is on its way to dominate in the smart phone market. Although Nokia is in a comfortable position today with a market share of 39.3%, there is a potential threat from the iPhone, and it represents a direct threat to RIM (Blackberry), which has a market share of 19.4% has, considering the amazing growth of Apple's iPhone, it is likely ahead of BlackBerry zoom in relative terms very soon.

Well, it is to be interesting to see what strategy RIM and Nokia would assume their positions when their iPhones to Apple competitors enter the market and continue to defend to sell like hot cakes.

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The Digital Music Market Outlook: Evolving business models, key players, new challenges and future prospects

The Digital Music Market Outlook: Evolving business models, key players, new challenges and future prospects

The Digital Music Market Outlook: changing business requirements Models, key players, new challenges and future prospects

The growing proliferation of broadband and mobile technologies and the widespread adoption of smartphones and portable music players continue to drive the digital music market. The music industry landscape has profound structural change, as companies from other Sectors are integrated into the music sales, and transform business models to adapt to changing market demands. Piracy remains a major concern of Industry, with losses running into billions of illegal downloads. "The Digital Music Market Outlook: Evolving business models, key players, new challenges and Perspectives "is a new report published by Business Insights that analyzes the growth of the digital music market and the recent changes in industry structure and business models. The report examines the growth drivers and inhibitors of the market, emerging regions, industry challenges and the future Market prospects. It also offers detailed profiles of the leading digital music service providers including an examination of the processes, services, finance and strategic Outlook.

Key chapters:

The Digital Music Market Outlook

Executive Summary 10

Digital Music – The New Era 10

Key markets 11

The value chain and emerging business models 12

Key challenges 14

Perspectives for the future 15

Key Player 17

Chapter 1 Introduction 20

What is this report about? 20

Methodology and definitions 21

Chapter 2 Digital Music – a new era 24

Abstract 24

Global Market Overview 25

Market size and growth 25

Segmentation – online and mobile music components 27

Digital music and more popular younger consumers 29

Growth drivers 31

The increasing proliferation of broadband and mobile technologies 31

Soaring sales of smart phones and portable players 33

Expanding online catalogs and DRM-free strategy 34

Key trends 34

Innovative Marketing drives the market forward 34

Move towards DRM-free tracks 35

Emerging partnerships throughout the Value chain 35

Contact artist directly to fans 36

Increased involvement of local governments and ISPs in the control of piracy, 36

Chapter 3 Key markets 38

Abstract 38

Developed Markets 39

U.S. 39

Japan 44

UK 52

France 56

Germany 57

Emerging Markets 57

China 57

India 59

Brazil 60

Chapter 4 of the value chain and development

Business models 64

Abstract 64

The Virtual Music value chain 65

67 artists

Record Labels / 67 production companies

IP 68 protection of the rights body

Physical retailers 68

Digital music retailers 68

Consumer 70

A-la-carte downloads from subscription services 71

Key new business models 73

Advertising Supported Services 73

Artist led distribution channels 75

Link with the brands, goods and mobile phone games 76

Music services access for ISPs and mobile operators 78

Partnerships along the value chain 79

Flexible Pricing 81

Chapter five main Challenges 84

Abstract 84

Introduction 85

Piracy – the digital music industry, 85 Plague

Depth of the problem 85

Piracy extends across geographies 87

Steps to curb piracy 88

The role of ISPs and government support 89

Legal action against P2P networks in 1990

Initiatives by record companies in 1990

Interoperability problems – searching for an effective DRM system 91

Determining the right price for digital music in 1992

Chapter 6 Future prospects 94

Summary 94

Strong growth continues in 1995

Industrial and emerging economies in 1995

The future face of the music – music to go in 1996

Graduating to full-track downloads and music videos in 1996

Evolution of business models in 1997

Subscription model is the key to the future 97

Ad-supported services is more popular in 1997

Labels Closer to the consumer directly in 1997

Cashing in over 98 live music

Taking advantage of the popularity of social networks in 1998

Emergence of new business models in 1998

Changes in the pricing mechanisms 99

Technological innovation and progress in 1999

MP3 player market grow with innovations in 1999

Technology allows music on the go in 1999

The convergence of the different formats, devices and channels 100

Audio Formats and Quality 100

Music piracy 100

Music piracy is rampant in most of the younger consumers 100

Collective efforts necessary to curtail piracy 101

Chapter 7 Key Player 104

Abstract 104

Digital music retailers 105

iTunes Music Store 105

Overview 105

Service Options 105

Operational and financial performance 107

Strategy 109

eMusic 110

Overview 110

Service Options 111

Operational and financial capacity 112

Strategy 113

Music 114

Overview 115

Service Options 115

Operational and financial capacity 116

Strategy 117

Rhapsody 118

Overview 118

Service Options 119

Operational and financial capacity 120

Strategy 122

Amazon MP3 123

Overview 123

Service Options 123

Operational and financial capacity 124

Strategy 124

7digital 125

Overview 125

Service Options 125

Operational and financial performance 126

Strategy 126

Wal-Mart Music Downloads 127

Overview 127

127 Service Offers

Operational and financial capacity 128

Strategy 128

Appendix 130

Index 130

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Why Android Smart Phones will overtake the iPhone in Market Share — And Soon

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iPhone Application Advertising

The iPhone is perhaps the best mobile advertising vehicle because it is optimized for rich media applications and mobile browsing. Over time, iPhone application users have become an attractive demographic for advertisers because of their higher engagement with online media. iPhone application advertising thus emerged out of this engagement quotient and enterprises, especially retail, used this platform to show chase their individual USPs.

 

Riding on the new wave of iPhone application advertising, a host of median and technology companies have emerged to provide advertising related tools and analytics for iPhone developers. Many have a dedicated business unit for iPhone and are serving a host of Fortune 500 companies. Adidas, Chanel, Audi, and Levis are some of the companies who are cashing on iPhone application advertising.

 

It’s not difficult to gauge the popularity if iPhone application advertising where technologies like GPS is integrated with video and content. Video can react to user movements and you can add voices and control interactions. The advertisements, in future, will be available to users when the iPhone is in offline mode. This is attributed to advances in pre-caching technology and is expected to be a hit with 3G subscribers.

 

Apple’s App Store is flooded with applications which is certainly good news for Apple shareholders and analysts. As the store matures, they will be challenged to maintain the growth, innovation and dynamism of their applications. Moving away from the App Store, app developers have started exploiting social media tools like Twitter and Facebook. iPhone application advertising features heavily on these sites where users can download the app and subsequently rate it.

 

iPhone Application Advertising: Revenue Models

 

In the first model, companies deliver the content in multiple formats and target a mass market. The free app is advertising supported and hosted on media like Wired, Facebook, and NY Times.

 

In the second model, companies create a buzz around the app by offering it for free and marketing it to as many users as possible. Companies drive users to their website, create a campaign and find a source of revenue by selling data collected through market research.

 

In the third revenue model, companies sell the apps ranging from 99 cents to $4.99. These apps specialize in gaming and language translations. Advertising is done at a low price point and is aimed to achieve straight revenue.

 

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Smart Phone Sales Statistics 2009

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Raymond Kurzweil

Life, inventions, and business career

Early life

Ray Kurzweil grew up in the New York City borough of Queens. He was born to secular Jewish parents who had escaped Austria just before the onset of World War II, and he was exposed via Unitarian Universalism to a diversity of religious faiths during his upbringing. His father was a musician and composer and his mother was a visual artist. His uncle, an engineer at Bell Labs, taught young Ray the basics of computer science. In his youth, he was an avid reader of science fiction literature. In 1963, at age fifteen, he wrote his first computer program. Designed to process statistical data, the program was used by researchers at IBM. Later in high school he created a sophisticated pattern-recognition software program that analyzed the works of classical composers, and then synthesized its own songs in similar styles. The capabilities of this invention were so impressive that, in 1965, he was invited to appear on the CBS television program I’ve Got a Secret, where he performed a piano piece that was composed by a computer he also had built. Later that year, he won first prize in the International Science Fair for the invention, and he was also recognized by the Westinghouse Talent Search and was personally congratulated by President Lyndon B. Johnson during a White House ceremony.

Mid-life

In 1968, during his sophomore year at MIT, Kurzweil started a company that used a computer program to match high school students with colleges. The program, called the Select College Consulting Program, was designed by him and compared thousands of different criteria about each college with questionnaire answers submitted by each student applicant. When he was 20, he sold the company to Harcourt, Brace & World for $100,000 (roughly $500,000 in 2006 dollars) plus royalties. He earned a BS in Computer Science and Literature in 1970 from MIT.

In 1974, Kurzweil started the company Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc. and led development of the first omni-font optical character recognition system computer program capable of recognizing text written in any normal font. Before that time, scanners had only been able to read text written in a few fonts. He decided that the best application of this technology would be to create a reading machine, which would allow blind people to understand written text by having a computer read it to them aloud. However, this device required the invention of two enabling technologieshe CCD flatbed scanner and the text-to-speech synthesizer. Under his direction, development of these technologies was completed, and on January 13, 1976, the finished product was unveiled during a news conference headed by him and the leaders of the National Federation of the Blind. Called the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the device covered an entire tabletop. It gained him mainstream recognition: on the day of the machine’s unveiling, Walter Cronkite used the machine to give his signature soundoff, “And that’s the way it is, January 13, 1976.” While listening to The Today Show, musician Stevie Wonder heard a demonstration of the device and purchased the first production version of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, beginning a lifelong friendship between himself and Kurzweil.

According to former Kurzweil Computer Products employees, the Kurzweil Reading Machine’s designer was engineer Richard Brown, a KCP employee at the time.

Kurzweil’s next major business venture began in 1978, when Kurzweil Computer Products began selling a commercial version of the optical character recognition computer program. LexisNexis was one of the first customers, and bought the program to upload paper legal and news documents onto its nascent online databases.

Two years later, Kurzweil sold his company to Xerox, which had an interest in further commercializing paper-to-computer text conversion. Kurzweil Computer Products became a subsidiary of Xerox formerly known as Scansoft and now as Nuance Communications, and he functioned as a consultant for the former until 1995.

Kurzweil’s next business venture was in the realm of electronic music technology. After a 1982 meeting with Stevie Wonder, in which the latter lamented the divide in capabilities and qualities between electronic synthesizers and traditional musical instruments, Kurzweil was inspired to create a new generation of music synthesizers capable of accurately duplicating the sounds of real instruments. Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in the same year, and in 1984, the Kurzweil K250 was unveiled. The machine was capable of imitating a number of instruments, and in tests musicians were unable to discern the difference between the Kurzweil K250 on piano mode from a normal grand piano. The recording and mixing abilities of the machine, coupled with its abilities to imitate different instruments made it possible for a single user to compose and play an entire orchestral piece.

Kurzweil Music Systems was sold to Korean musical instrument manufacturer Young Chang in 1990. As with Xerox, Kurzweil remained as a consultant for several years.

Later life

Concurrent with Kurzweil Music Systems, Ray Kurzweil created the company Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (KAI) to develop computer speech recognition systems for commercial use. The first product, which debuted in 1987, was the world’s first large-vocabulary speech recognition program, allowing human users to dictate to their computers via microphone and then have the device transcribe their speech into written text. Later, the company combined the speech recognition technology with medical expert systems to create the Kurzweil VoiceMed (today called Clinical Reporter) line of products, which allow doctors to write medical reports by speaking instead of writing. KAI exists today as Nuance Communications.

Kurzweil started Kurzweil Educational Systems in 1996 to develop new pattern-recognition-based computer technologies to help people with disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia and ADD in school. Products include the Kurzweil 1000 text-to-speech converter software program, which enables a computer to read electronic and scanned text aloud to blind or visually-impaired users, and the Kurzweil 3000 program, which is a multifaceted electronic learning system that helps with reading, writing, and study skills.

Raymond Kurzweil at the Singularity Summit at Stanford in 2006

During the 1990s Ray Kurzweil founded the Medical Learning Company. The company’s products included an interactive computer education program for doctors and a computer-simulated patient. Around the same time, Kurzweil started KurzweilCyberArt.com website featuring computer programs to assist the creative art process. The site used to offer free downloads of a program called AARON visual art synthesizer developed by Harold Cohennd of “Kurzweil’s Cybernetic Poet”, which automatically creates poetry. During this period he also started KurzweilAI.net, a website devoted towards showcasing news of scientific developments, publicizing the ideas of high-tech thinkers and critics alike, and promoting futurist-related discussion among the general population through the Mind-X forum.

In 1999, Kurzweil created a hedge fund called “FatKat” (Financial Accelerating Transactions from Kurzweil Adaptive Technologies) http://www.fatkat.com, which began trading in 2006. He has stated that the ultimate aim is to improve the performance of FatKat’s A.I. investment software program, enhancing its ability to recognize patterns in “currency fluctuations and stock-ownership trends.” He predicted in his 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, that computers will one day prove superior to the best human financial minds at making profitable investment decisions. In 2001, Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace released an album, titled Spiritual Machines, based on Kurzweil’s book. Kurzweil’s voice was featured in the album, reading excerpts from his book.

In June 2005, Ray Kurzweil introduced the “Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader” (K-NFB Reader) pocket-sized device consisting of a digital camera and computer unit. Like the Kurzweil Reading Machine of almost 30 years before, the K-NFB Reader is designed to aid blind people by reading written text aloud. The newer machine is portable and scans text through digital camera images, while the older machine is large and scans text through flatbed scanning.

Ray Kurzweil is currently making a movie due for release in 2010 called The Singularity is Near: A True Story About the Future based, in part, on his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near. Part fiction, part non-fiction, he interviews 20 big thinkers like Marvin Minsky, plus there is a B-line narrative story that illustrates some of the ideas, where a computer avatar (Ramona) saves the world from self-replicating microscopic robots.

In addition to Kurzweil’s movie, an independent, feature-length documentary was made about Kurzweil, his life, and his ideas called Transcendent Man. Filmmakers Barry and Felicia Ptolemy followed Kurzweil, documenting his global speaking tour. Premiered in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, Transcendent Man documents Ray’s quest to reveal mankind’s ultimate destiny and explores many of the ideas found in his New York Times bestselling book, The Singularity is Near, including his concept of exponential growth, radical life expansion, and how we will transcend our biology. The Ptolemys documented Ray’s stated goal of bringing back his late father using AI. The film also features critics who argue against Kurzweil’s predictions.

Kurzweil said during a 2006 C-SPAN2 interview that he was working on a new book that focused on the inner workings of the human brain and how this could be applied to building AI.

While being interviewed for a February 2009 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Kurzweil expressed a desire to construct a genetic copy of his late father, Fredric Kurzweil, from DNA within his grave site. This feat would be achieved by deploying various nanorobots to send samples of DNA back from the grave, constructing a clone of Fredric and retrieving memories and recollectionsrom Ray’s mindf his father.

Books

Kurzweil’s first book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, was published in 1990. The nonfiction work discusses the history of computer AI and also makes forecasts regarding likely future developments. Other experts in the field of AI contribute heavily to the work in the form of essays. The Association of American Publishers’ awarded it the status of Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990.

Next, Kurzweil published a book on nutrition in 1993 called The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life. The book’s main idea is that high levels of fat intake are the cause of many health disorders common in the U.S., and thus that cutting fat consumption down to 10% of the total calories consumed would be optimal for most people.

In 1998, Ray Kurzweil published The Age of Spiritual Machines, which focuses heavily on further elucidating his theories regarding the future of technology, which themselves stem from his analysis of long-term trends in biological and technological evolution. Much focus goes into examining the likely course of AI development, along with the future of computer architecture.

Kurzweil’s next book published in 2004, returned to the subject of human health and nutrition. Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever was co-authored by Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, a medical doctor and specialist in alternative medicine.

The Singularity Is Near was published in 2005. The book is currently being made into a movie starring Pauley Perrette (NCIS), and scheduled for 2010 release.

In February 2007, Ptolemaic Productions acquired the rights to The Singularity is Near, The Age of Spiritual Machines and Fantastic Voyage including the rights to Kurzweil’s life and ideas for the film Transcendent Man. The feature length documentary was directed by Barry Ptolemy.

Kurzweil’s newest book, Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever, a follow-up on Fantastic Voyage, was released on April 28, 2009.

The book he’s currently working on is called “How The Mind Works and How To Build One”.

Recognition and awards

Kurzweil has been called the successor and “rightful heir to Thomas Edison”, and was also referred to by Forbes as “the ultimate thinking machine.”

Kurzweil has received these awards, among others:

First place in the 1965 International Science Fair for inventing the classical music synthesizing computer.

The 1978 Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. The award is given annually to one “outstanding young computer professional” and is accompanied by a $35,000 prize. Ray Kurzweil won it for his invention of the Kurzweil Reading Machine.

The 1990 “Engineer of the Year” award from Design News.

The 1994 Dickson Prize in Science. One is awarded every year by Carnegie Mellon University to individuals who have “notably advanced the field of science.” Both a medal and a $50,000 prize are presented to winners.

The 1998 “Inventor of the Year” award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The 1999 National Medal of Technology. This is the highest award the President of the United States can bestow upon individuals and groups for pioneering new technologies, and the President dispenses the award at his discretion. Bill Clinton presented Ray Kurzweil with the National Medal of Technology during a White House ceremony in recognition of Kurzweil’s development of computer-based technologies to help the disabled.

The 2000 Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology. Two other individuals also received the same honor that year. The award is presented yearly to people who “exemplify the life, times and standard of contribution of Tesla, Westinghouse and Nunn.”

The 2001 Lemelson-MIT Prize for a lifetime of developing technologies to help the disabled and to enrich the arts. Only one is meted out each year to highly successful, mid-career inventors. A $500,000 award accompanies the prize.

Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002 for inventing the Kurzweil Reading Machine. The organization “honors the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.” Fifteen other people were inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year.

The Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award on April 20, 2009 for lifetime achievement as an inventor and futurist in computer-based technologies.

In 2008, the Arizona-Based experimental band “The Singularity Is Near” was formed, later changing their name to “Ray Kurzweil’s Face” in 2009. They are now respected as one of the most influential musical groups in Arizona over the past several years, raising awareness about Ray’s world-changing ideas and inventions, more specifically how humans will relate to technology and the universe in the coming 4060 years.

Kurzweil has received sixteen honorary degrees from as many institutions:

Type of degree

College

Year awarded

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Hofstra University

1982

Honorary Doctorate of Music

Berklee College of Music

1987

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Northeastern University

1988

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1988

Honorary Doctorate of Engineering

Merrimack College

1989

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Misericordia University

1989

Honorary Doctorate of Science

New Jersey Institute of Technology

1990

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Queens College, City University of New York

1991

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Dominican College

1993

Honorary Doctorate in Science and Humanities

Michigan State University

2000

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Landmark College

2002

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2005

Honorary Doctorate of Science

DePaul University

2006

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Bloomfield College

2007

Honorary Doctorate of Science

McGill University

2008

Honorary Doctorate of Science

Clarkson University

2009

Involvement with futurism and transhumanism

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After several years of closely tracking trends in the computer and machine industries, Kurzweil came to a realization: the innovation rate of computer technology was increasing not linearly but rather exponentially. With this, Kurzweil formed a method of predicting the course of technological development. As a computer scientist, Kurzweil also understood that there was no technical reason that this type of performance growth could not continue well into the 21st century.

Since growth in so many fields of science and technology depends upon computing power, such improvements translate into improvements to human knowledge and to non-computer sciences like nanotechnology, biotechnology, and materials science. Considering the ongoing exponential growth in computer capabilities, this means many new technologies will become available long before the majority of peopleho intuitively think linearly about technological advancexpect. This core idea is expressed by Kurzweil’s “Law of Accelerating Returns”.

Kurzweil projects that between now and 2050 medical advances will allow people to radically extend their lifespans while preserving and even improving quality of life as they age. The aging process could at first be slowed, then halted, and then reversed as newer and better medical technologies became available. Kurzweil argues that much of this will be due to advances in medical nanotechnology, which will allow microscopic machines to travel through one’s body and repair all types of damage at the cellular level. But equally consequential developments will occur within the realm of computers as they become increasingly powerful, numerous and cheap between now and 2050. Kurzweil predicts that a computer will pass the Turing test by 2029, by demonstrating to have a mind (intelligence, self awareness, emotional richness) indistinguishable from a human’s. He predicts that the first AI is built around a computer simulation of a human brain, which is made possible by previous, nanotech-guided brainscanning. An AI machine could handle the full range of human intellectual tasks and would be both emotional and self-aware. Kurzweil suggests that AIs will inevitably become far smarter and more powerful than un-enhanced humans. He suggests that AIs will exhibit moral thinking and will respect humans as their ancestors. According to his predictions, the line between humans and machines will blur as a natural part of technological evolution. Cybernetic implants will greatly enhance human cognitive and physical abilities, and allow direct interface between humans and machines.

Kurzweil’s standing as a leading futurist and Transhumanist has gained him positions of prominence within pertinent organizations:

In December 2004, Kurzweil joined the advisory board of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

In October 2005, Kurzweil joined the scientific advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation.

On May 13, 2006, Kurzweil was the first speaker at the Stanford University Singularity Summit.

In February 2009, Kurzweil, in cooperation with Google and the NASA Ames Research Center, announced the creation of Singularity University. The University’s self-described mission is to “assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity grand challenges”. Using Kurzweil’s Singularity concept as a foundation, the University, whose initial class of 40 Fellows began their nine-week graduate program in June, 2009, provides students the skills and tools to guide the process of the Singularity “for the benefit of humanity and its environment”. Singularity U encompasses cross-disciplinary studies in ten different scientific and future-oriented tracks, taught by industry experts.

Stand on nanotechnology

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Climate change

Kurzweil is on the Army Science Advisory Board, has testified before Congress on the subject of nanotechnology, and sees considerable potential in the science to solve significant global problems such as poverty, disease, and climate change, viz. Nanotech Could Give Global Warming a Big Chill (July, 2006).

He predicts nanobots will be used to maintain the human body and to extend the human lifespan.

Kurzweil has stressed the extreme potential dangers of nanotechnology, but argues that in practice, progress cannot be stopped, and any attempt to do so will retard the progress of defensive and beneficial technologies more than the malevolent ones, increasing the danger. He says that the proper place of regulation is to make sure progress proceeds safely and quickly. He applies this reasoning to biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and technology in general.[citation needed]

The Law of Accelerating Returns

Main article: Accelerating change

In his controversial 2001 essay, “The Law of Accelerating Returns”, Kurzweil proposes an extension of Moore’s law that forms the basis of the concept of “Technological Singularity”.

Predictions

Main article: Predictions made by Raymond Kurzweil

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The Age of Intelligent Machines

Arguably, Kurzweil gained a large amount of credibility as a futurist from his first book The Age of Intelligent Machines. It was written from 1986 to 1989 and published in 1990. Building on Ithiel de Sola Pool’s “Technologies of Freedom” (1983), Kurzweil forecast the demise of the Soviet Union due to new technologies such as cellular phones and fax machines disempowering authoritarian governments by removing state control over the flow of information. In the book Kurzweil also extrapolated preexisting trends in the improvement of computer chess software performance to predict correctly that computers would beat the best human players by 1998, and most likely in that year. In fact, the event occurred in May 1997 when chess World Champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue computer in a well-publicized chess tournament. Perhaps most significantly, Kurzweil foresaw the explosive growth in worldwide Internet use that began in the 1990s. At the time of the publication of The Age of Intelligent Machines, there were only 2.6 million Internet users in the world, and the medium was unreliable, difficult to use, and deficient in content, making Kurzweil’s realization of its future potential especially prescient, given the technology’s limits at that time. He also stated that the Internet would explode not only in the number of users but in content as well, eventually granting users access “to international networks of libraries, data bases, and information services”. Additionally, Kurzweil correctly foresaw that the preferred mode of Internet access would inevitably be through wireless systems, and he was also correct to estimate that the latter would become practical for widespread use in the early 21st century.

Kurzweil also accurately forecast that, by the end of the 1990s, many documents would exist solely in computers and on the Internet, and that they would commonly be embedded with sounds, animations, and videos that would inhibit their transfer to paper format. Moreover, he foresaw that cellular phones would grow in popularity while shrinking in size for the foreseeable future.

The Age of Spiritual Machines

In 1999, Kurzweil published a second book titled The Age of Spiritual Machines, which goes into more depth explaining his futurist ideas. The third and final section of the book is devoted to elucidating the specific course of technological advancements Kurzweil predicts the world will experience over the next century. Titled “To Face the Future”, the section is divided into four chapters respectively named “2009”, “2019”, “2029”, and “2099”. In each chapter, Kurzweil makes predictions about what life and technology will be like in that year.

While the veracity of Kurzweil’s predictions beyond 2009 cannot yet be determined, many of the ideas of the “2009” chapter have been scrutinized. To begin, Kurzweil’s claims that 2009 would be a year of continued transition as purely electronic computer memory continued to replace older rotating memory seems to be disproved by continued rapid growth in hard-disk capacity and unit sales, while high-capacity flash drives have yet to catch on in high-volume applications. Nonetheless, solid state storage is the preferred means of storage in low-volume applications such as MP3 players, handheld gaming systems, cellular phones and digital cameras. Many companies produce a 256 GB solid state drive for use in laptops and desktops, but these drives will cost over $600, making storage on them cost roughly five times the price of comparable hard-disk storage. On the other hand, Kurzweil correctly foresaw the growing ubiquity of wireless Internet access and cordless computer peripherals. Perhaps of more importance, Kurzweil presaged the explosive growth in peer-to-peer filesharing and the emergence of the Internet as a major medium for commerce and for accessing media such as movies, television programs, newspaper and magazine text, and music. He also claimed that three-dimensional computer chips would be in common use by 2009 (though older, “2-D” chips would still predominate). But although IBM has recently developed the necessary chip-stacking technology and announced plans to begin using three-dimensional chips in its supercomputers and for wireless communication applications, chip stacking remains a low-volume technology in 2009.

The Singularity is Near

While this book focuses on the future of technology and the human race as did The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines, Kurzweil makes very few concrete, short-term predictions in The Singularity is Near, though longer-term visions are present in abundance. He recently discussed the singularity with Vice Magazine and was filmed for a documentary on the magazine online network VBS.tv.

Work on nutrition, health and lifestyle

Ray Kurzweil admits that he cared little for his health until age 35, when he was diagnosed with a glucose intolerance, an early form of type II diabetes (a major risk factor for heart disease). Kurzweil then found a doctor that shares his non-conventional beliefs to develop an extreme regimen involving hundreds of pills, chemical i.v. treatments, red wine and various other methods to attempt to live longer.

Kurzweil believes that the radical technological advances made throughout the 21st century will ultimately culminate with the discovery of means to reverse the aging process, cure any disease, and repair presently unrepairable injuries. Kurzweil has thus focused himself towards following a lifestyle intended to heighten his odds of living to see the day when science can make him immortal. Kurzweil calls this the “Bridge to a Bridge to a Bridge” strategy: The first bridge to longer life is Kurzweil’s regimen, whereas the second- and third bridges are based on advanced biotechnologies and nanotechnologies, respectively, that have not yet been invented. Kurzweil believes they will allow for progressively longer human lifespans to the point of immortality and that successfully implementing the first “bridge” now allows one to reach the second in the future, which then allows one to reach the third.

Some elements of Kurzweil’s lifestyle are conventional. He exercises frequently, does not eat to excess, and does not abuse recreational drugs. Many others, however, are controversial and may be explained by his obsession with living as long as possible. Kurzweil ingests “250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea” every day and drinks several glasses of red wine a week in an effort to “reprogram” his biochemistry. Lately, he has cut down the number of supplement pills to 150.

Although not supported by science, Kurzweil and many others believe that consuming large amounts of water is necessary for flushing toxins out of the body, and that alkaline water allows the body to preserve important enzymes used for neutralizing acidic metabolic wastes. For this reason, Kurzweil abhors soft drinks and coffee, which are both acidic. Kurzweil believes that acidic drinks drain detoxifying enzyme reserves. Kurzweil has taken criticism from nutritionists and scientists for his advocacy of alkaline water’s alleged health benefits and other unconventional beliefs, and he responded to this over the Internet. Green tea and red wine contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Kurzweil also consumes red wine because it contains the compound resveratrol, which may help to fight heart disease according to some evidence, but it is also a potentiator of breast carcinomas which may prove to out-weigh any suggested benefit. Kurzweil also takes pills containing high concentrations of the chemical because the amount in red wine is extremely inconsistent.

On weekends, Kurzweil also undergoes intravenous transfusions of chemical cocktails at a clinic which he believes will reprogram his biochemistry. He routinely measures the chemical composition of his own bodily fluids, undergoes preemptive medical tests for many diseases and disorders, and keeps detailed records about the content of all the meals he eats. On that last note, Kurzweil only eats organic foods with low glycemic loads and claims it has been years since he last consumed anything containing sugar. Kurzweil considers foods rich in sugars and carbohydrates to be unhealthy since they spike the levels of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream, leading to health problems in the long term. He instead eats mainly vegetables, lean meats, tofu, and low glycemic load carbohydrates, and only uses extra virgin olive oil for cooking. Kurzweil also diligently eats foods rich with Omega-3 fatty acids (including small, wild salmon).

Moreover, Kurzweil makes it a priority to get sufficient sleep for physical and psychological health, and he maintains low stress levels in part by meditating and getting massages weekly. He exercises daily with walking, bike-riding and using workout machines, but advises against high-impact forms of exercise. Kurzweil claims that his rigorous efforts have yielded positive results, pointing to his vitamin-selling business partner who claims his “biological age” is more than a decade younger than his chronological age. In fact, Kurzweil claims that his personal health regimen has actually slowed down his rate of aging. He also advocates maintaining a slightly below-average body weight on the grounds that it imparts some of the life-extension benefits of full caloric restriction.

Kurzweil joined the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a cryonics company. In the event of his death, Kurzweil’s body will be chemically preserved, frozen in liquid nitrogen, and stored at an Alcor facility in the hope that future medical technology will be able to revive him.

Kurzweil has authored three books on the subjects of nutrition, health and immortality: The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and TRANSCEND: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever. In all, he recommends that other people emulate his health practices to the best of their abilities.

Kurzweil and his current “anti-aging” doctor, Terry Grossman, MD., now have two websites promoting their first and second book, and sells their “longevity products”, many of which can be found on medical scam warning sites.

Stance on religion

Though Kurzweil’s parents were Jewish, they raised him as a Unitarian and exposed him to many different faiths during his youth. Kurzweil gave a 2007 keynote speech to the United Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, alongside Barack Obama, who was then a Presidential candidate. In The Singularity is Near he expresses a need for a new religion based on the principle of mutual respect between sentient life forms, and on the principle of respecting knowledge. This religion would not have a leader, instead being purely personal to adherents.

According to Kurzweil he primary role of traditional religion is deathist rationalizationhat is, rationalizing the tragedy of death as a good thing. In order to benefit from what the Singularity can bring, we need to overcome our deathist rationalization. We need to sweep traditional religion out of our road.59]

“Religious tradition might attempt to slow down technological innovation, transhumanists accuse religious representatives of holding a vested interest in provenance over matters of death and immortality. One of the impediments to the advance toward cybernetic immortality is religion, they say. Religion stands in the way. Religion threatens to block progress. This is because religion has traditionally sought to provide a palliative for people faced with death. Religion brings acceptance of death, and comfort with that acceptance. Ready to engage in combat with traditional religion, in Promethean style Kurzweil wants to defy death and use nanotechnology as a weapon to defeat death.”

Criticism

Even beyond philosophical arguments over whether a machine can “think” (see Philosophy of artificial intelligence), Kurzweil’s ideas have generated much criticism within the scientific community and in the media. Mitch Kapor, the founder of Lotus Development Corporation, has called the notion of a technological singularity “intelligent design for the IQ 140 people…This proposition that we’re heading to this point at which everything is going to be just unimaginably differentt’s fundamentally, in my view, driven by a religious impulse. And all of the frantic arm-waving can’t obscure that fact for me.”

VR pioneer Jaron Lanier has been one of the strongest critics of Kurzweil ideas, describing them as ybernetic totalism (totalitarianism), and has outlined his views on the culture surrounding Kurzweil predictions in an essay for Edge.org entitled One Half of a Manifesto.

Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas Hofstadter, author of Gdel, Escher, Bach, has said of Kurzweil’s and Hans Moravec’s books: “It as if you took a lot of very good food and some dog excrement and blended it all up so that you can’t possibly figure out what’s good or bad. It’s an intimate mixture of rubbish and good ideas, and it’s very hard to disentangle the two, because these are smart people; they’re not stupid.”

Although the idea of a technological singularity is a popular concept in science fiction, some authors such as Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling have voiced scepticism about its real-world plausibility. Sterling expressed his views on the singularity scenario in a talk at the Long Now Foundation entitled The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole. Other prominent AI thinkers and computer scientists such as Daniel Dennett, Rodney Brooks, and David Gelernter have also criticized Kurzweil projections.

Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, agrees with Kurzweil’s timeline of future progress, but thinks that technologies such as AI, nanotechnology and advanced biotechnology will create a dystopian world.

Daniel Lyons, writing in Newsweek, criticized Kurzweil for some of his predictions which turned out to be wrong; such as the economy continuing to boom from the 1998 dot-com through 2009, a US company having a market capitalization of more than $1 trillion, a supercomputer achieving 20 petaflops, speech recognition being in widespread use and cars that would drive themselves using sensors installed in highways; all by 2009. To the charge that 20 petaflop supercomputer was not produced in the time he predicted, Kurzweil responded that he considers Google a giant supercomputer, and that it is capable of 20 petaflops.

Biologist P.Z. Myers has criticized Kurzweil’s predictions as being based on “New Age spiritualism” rather than science and says that Kurzweil does not understand basic biology. Myers also says that Kurzweil picks and chooses events that appear to demonstrate his claim of exponential technological increase leading up to a singularity, and ignores events that do not.

See also

Accelerating change

Paradigm shift

Simulated reality

Singularity University

Technological singularity

Transhumanism

Transcendent Man (film)

Predictive medicine

Full Genome Sequencing

References

^ Inventor of the Week

^ KurzweilAI.net

^ Piano performance is seen at the beginning of his C-SPAN interview on CSPAN-2 Book TV, November 5, 2006

^ a b Intel Science Talent Search (STS): STS Alumni & Their Honors

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^ ACM Awards: Grace Murray Hopper Award

^ ACM: Fellows Award / Raymond Kurzweil

^ Engineer of the Year Hall of Fame, 6/12/2007

^ Dickson Prize

^ Corporation names new members

^ National Medal of Technology Recipients, Technology Administration

^ The National Medal of Technology

^ Telluride Tech Festival

^ Winners’ Circle: Raymond Kurzweil

^ Lemelson-MIT Prize

^ Ray Kurzweil Inventor Profile

^ Hall of Fame Overview

^ Hall of Fame 2002

^ http://www.kurzweilai.net/news/frame.html?main=/news/news_single.html?id=10468

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^ “In Depth: Ray Kurzweil” (RealAudio). Book TV. http://www.booktv.org/ram/feature/1106/arc_btv110506_4.ram. Retrieved 2008-02-17.  direct link to 3 hour Kurzweil interview

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^ IBM Extends Moore’s Law to the Third Dimension

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^ Youtube video :The Singularity of Ray Kurzweil

^ Wired News: ” Never Say Die: Live Forever”

^ Glenn Beck Interview with Ray Kurzweil

^ Five Myths About Water

^ Ray Kurweil Discusses Alkaline and Ionized Water

^ Quackwatch.org article about resveratrol

^ Fantasic Voyage

^ Ray and Terry’s

^ Quackwatch.org’s list of supplements, etc.

^ a b Simon Young and Robert A. Freitas (2005). Designer Evolution, p. 372, Prometheus Books, ISBN 13-9781591022909.

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^ Miller, Robin (2004-10-20). “Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor”. Slashdot. http://interviews.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/20/1518217. Retrieved 2008-08-28. “My thoughts are more in line with those of Jaron Lanier, who points out that while hardware might be getting faster all the time, software is shit (I am paraphrasing his argument). And without software to do something useful with all that hardware, the hardware’s nothing more than a really complicated space heater.” 

^ Brand, Stewart (2004-06-14). “Bruce Sterling – “The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole””. The Long Now Foundation. http://blog.longnow.org/2004/06/14/bruce-sterling-the-singularity-your-future-as-a-black-hole/. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 

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^ Dennett, Daniel. “The Reality Club: One Half Of A Manifesto”. Edge.org. http://www.edge.org/discourse/jaron_manifesto.html#dennett. “”I’m glad that Lanier entertains the hunch that Dawkins and I (and Hofstadter and others) ‘see some flaw in logic that insulates [our] thinking from the eschatalogical implications’ drawn by Kurzweil and Moravec. He right. I, for one, do see such a flaw, and I expect Dawkins and Hofstadter would say the same.”” 

^ Brooks, Rodney. “The Reality Club: One Half Of A Manifesto”. Edge.org. http://www.edge.org/discourse/jaron_manifesto.html#brooks. “I do not at all agree with Moravec and Kurzweil’s predictions for an eschatological cataclysm, just in time for their own memories and thoughts and person hood to be preserved before they might otherwise die.” 

^ Transcript of debate over feasibility of near-term AI (moderated by Rodney Brooks): “Gelernter, Kurzweil debate machine consciousness”. KurzweilAI.net. http://www.edge.org/discourse/jaron_manifesto.html#brooks. 

^ Joy, Bill (April 2000). “Why the future doesn’t need us”. Wired. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy_pr.html. Retrieved 2008-09-21. “…it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil…” 

^ a b Lyons, Daniel (May 2009). “I, Robot”. Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/id/197812/page/2. Retrieved 2009-05-22. “During the height of the dotcom boom in 1998, Kurzweil predicted that the economy would keep on booming right through 2009 (and on to 2019, for that matter) and that one U.S. company (he didn’t say which) would have a market capitalization of more than $1 trillion. Not even close. Kurzweil also predict-ed that by 2009 a top supercomputer would be capable of performing 20 quadrillion operations per second (20 petaflops in computer jargon), the same as the human brain. In fact, the top supercomputer just broke the one-petaflop markhough Kurzweil says he considers all of Google to be a giant supercomputer and that it is, indeed, capable of performing 20 petaflops. Kurzweil also predicted that by now our cars would be able to drive themselves by communicating with intelligent sensors embedded in highways, and that speech recognition would be in widespread use.” 

^ Lyons, Daniel (May 2009). “I, Robot”. Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/id/197812. Retrieved 2009-07-24. “Still, a lot of people think Kurzweil is completely bonkers and/or full of a certain messy byproduct of ordinary biological functions. They include P. Z. Myers, a biologist at the University of Minnesota, Morris, who has used his blog to poke fun at Kurzweil and other armchair futurists who, according to Myers, rely on junk science and don’t understand basic biology. “I am completely baffled by Kurzweil’s popularity, and in particular the respect he gets in some circles, since his claims simply do not hold up to even casually critical examination,” writes Myers. He says Kurzweil’s Singularity theories are closer to a deluded religious movement than they are to science. “It’s a New Age spiritualismhat’s all it is,” Myers says. “Even geeks want to find God somewhere, and Kurzweil provides it for them.”” 

^ Myers, Paul Zachary (February 2009). “Singularly silly singularity”. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/02/singularly_silly_singularity.php. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Raymond Kurzweil

Kurzweil Companies web site

KurzweilAI.net – a vast resource, including some of his books for free

Raymond Kurzweil’s IP – all of Raymond Kurzweil’s US patents & patent applications

Ray and Terry’s Longevity Program

Singularity University, Ray Kurzweil, Chancellor

Transcendent Man – Official Site. Movie about Ray Kurzweil

Singularity is Near Movie (2009) – Official Site

The Singularity A comprehensive documentary about the Singularity (2010) – Official Site

Big Think official Ray Kurzweil page

Machine Dreams – CIO Magazine interview, October 15, 2004

Warfighting in the 21st Century – The Remote, Robotic, Robust, Size-Reduced, Virtual Reality Paradigm – Keynote address, 24th Army Science Conference, November 29, 2004

TED Talks: Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us at TED in 2005 (audio/video)

Robot Wars – news@nature site interview, February 8, 2005

The future, just around the bend, The Economist, 10 March 2005

The Council on Foreign Relations; An Exponentially Expanding Future From Exponentially Shrinking Technology, November 30 2005

Interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday – December 23, 2005

The Singularity Summit at Stanford, May 2006

Human v 2.0: Ray Kurzweil vs. Hugo de Garis October 24, 2006

25th Annual Army Science Conference November 27, 2006 Web Hosted Presentation, Slides, Video

Debate between Ray Kurzweil and David Gelernter at MIT on November 30 2006

Web 3.0 – How the next version of the Web will prepare us for the Singularity December 11, 2006

– The Edge Annual Question – 2007; What are you Optimistic About? Why?

Interview with Ray Kurzweil and Sample of Ray Kurzweil keynote from Interwoven’s GearUp Podcast

Ray Kurzweil interview on C-SPAN2 Book TV, 3 hours in length

The smartest futurist on earth – CNN Money article May 2, 2007

Accelerating Change presentation from Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), Third Conference, Queens’ College, Cambridge, England, 9 September 2007

Glenn Beck interview of Ray Kurzweil, May 30, 2008 and transcript of the interview.

Interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday – June 6, 2008

Audio: Ray Kurzweil in conversation on the BBC World Service discussion programme The Forum

Raymond Kurzweil at the Internet Movie Database

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Do you remember when there was a time going about that it a very futuristic thoughts can and talk on a phone that was was not connected to the wall? I distinctly remember just use Star Trek episodes and will appear on this flip communicators, and I thought that was pretty cool. I never thought that in my life I see that a device, the gadget that was on the TV show was similar.

The idea that the mobile phone now means a smart phone really a good description of what to have them. Today, more of us are our mobile phones fully equipped with every imaginable function Loading: Internet access, MP3 capabilities, GPS navigation, e-mail devices like. 2008 is the year of the smart phone is goes mainstream.

The Great Race for Smartphones really began in 2008. By 2008, there was much discussion in many prototypes, but it was the iPhone that really unleash the possibilities with a smart phone .. It was the iPhone, that hunt the bar and all other producers raised to follow. The original iPhone sold 5 million units, despite only choose in the U.S. and parts of Europe. So the release of the new 3G iPhone Apple is not surprising that this is a really big boost for the smartphone.

When you look at the numbers in Smart Phones Sales, published the mobile phone industry, their latest statistics on smartphones and their impact on the market. According to Gartner, Inc, smartphone sales have increased worldwide by almost 30% just since 2007. In a slowing economy, the mere fact that a particular industry is a 30% increase in sales of general market decline has been demonstrated, that the phone is ready for take off.

In North America, but the increase is even clearer. In the same period for smartphones sales increased by 106%. The means more than its revenues, compared to sales of the first quarter of 2007 doubled.

The iPhone is not the only smartphone on the market. That being said, it is success itself, the viability of the item on the market and competitors are following suit. While smartphones like the BlackBerry were created as a once only desirable, through on-the-go business professionals, every day, consumers will be gravitating to the full functionality and portability.

And although prices for Smartphones are relatively high when the cost compared to a regular sitter mobile phone, the demand will increase the effective efficiency in production, and of course, that fall, the cost of smart phones. By reducing the cost of the smart phone and more people it will be for smartphones and they will sell a little.

With the popularity of the iPhone, it's no wonder that other mobile phone companies will be on the market soon with their own smartphones. Samsung, for example, is the release of the Tocco. It has a touch screen and allows the dropping and dragging of widgets for the convenience of the user. Nokia also comes up to bat with their own version of this smartphone. They work currently working on a touchscreen model prototype is currently called Tube. Blackberry is also releasing their own models as the BlackBerry Thunder known. This should be available in fall 2008.

And do not forget, Google is also on the horizon with their version of the phone. Not only are they working on an interesting open source platform, but the properties that it should be exciting in their phone search to see.

All of these models should do well, but the question is, what is the best? I think the people on the Page go to the Apple. In both cases, smartphones are a trend that has exploded in the technology industry and we are just looking at the infancy of the product.

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Intel, Qualcomm address both the impact of the mobile phone market is to continue low-key little knot stalemate

Intel, Qualcomm address both the impact of the mobile phone market is to continue low-key little knot stalemate

Qualcomm and Intel’s contest, if you still use Anchaoyongdong to describe Apple A1185 Battery last year, then this year, they have begun to enter the stalemate stage

Ago, Qualcomm has also from time to time to expose the year Intel will exit the mobile phone market, “scars”, but just today, a move that rival Qualcomm worldwide marketing and investor relations, senior vice president Bill @ Davidson has begun to face competition rival’s behavior. In his eyes, Intel in the mobile phone market have the opportunity to succeed, but as the chip maker Qualcomm, will not change the style, as always, will continue to stand behind the partnership.

To have long, short attack sub

Earlier this month, Intel released for smartphones and Tablet PC market, second-generation Atom processor, the standby power consumption reduced by 50 times, and standby time of up to 10 days, and to support 1080P full HD video, 3D graphics, multi-point video conferencing and audio functions.

In addition to improvement in technology, Intel partners range from traditional PC makers out into the mobile phone maker, Nokia, LG has established partnerships with Intel is behind the industry chain and the old partners Dell, Acer, etc. have also coveted on the mobile phone market long.

For Intel, aggressive demeanor, Bill @ Davidson believes that it is not surprising, because the mobile phone market is Intel’s coveted market. The face of rival Qualcomm, best thing to do is to play their expertise.

Bill @ Davidson reveals no kind of pain Intel: “Qualcomm chips advantages include power control and high integration, in particular, we integrate the chip inside the modem, while Intel is still not integrated into the chips go to the modem. “

Accumulated over the years in the wireless field, so that Qualcomm has a large team Dell Inspiron 6400 Battery of engineers, the best engineers have years of experience in this field, which in the long term would be the advantage of Qualcomm.

In addition, Qualcomm and the handset makers and operators have a good relationship, good partnerships and the depth of understanding of each other’s products need a lot of years to run, which is competing in a short time can not be compared .

PC lap challenge the unspoken rules

Qualcomm mobile ecosystem in the position where it is not able and Intel, but Intel’s stronghold in the – PC ecosystem, but also have different “hidden rules.”

Over the years, each PC vendor market activity, whether advertising or public relations, there is always a clear silhouette, that is Intel, Intel can do that realm, it is important to Intel is not a low-key company, and cooperation with partners are generous.

However, Qualcomm different.

The success of many mobile phone manufacturers, with Qualcomm technology licensing not unrelated, but did not stop Qualcomm from the front of these cell phone makers, with Bill @ Davidson’s words, “We are low key.” This low-key and the PC ecosystem in the high-profile stands in stark contrast.

When CNET reporter asked, “Do you want to continue to maintain high pass such a low-key posture”, Bill @ Daier Sen admits that this is his every day ask yourself the question, sometimes, he even asked myself five times a day.

QUALCOMM has its own difficulties: “be generous in marketing always need someone to foot the bill into Qualcomm’s business model, our marketing strategy decisions, which makes the cost of Qualcomm chips in the product accounts for less than significant other chip manufacturers accounted for in the proportion of PC. “

Qualcomm also has its own self-confidence: “When is the unknown number of new products, particularly the birth of the leading technology, of course, need to do some promotion for example, do we promote the Snapdragon and now this technology has been widely recognized as the market knowledge, but also in the industry such as high-pass concept to promote smart this time have also been some effort. Qualcomm will have a choice of the project to do some marketing, and now Qualcomm did not see it necessary. because every time a unique product or technology appears, spending a little more knowledge can do a very good effect. “

Therefore, Qualcomm did not want to play their own brand in front of the customer, but would rather do stand behind the unsung heroes. Qualcomm does not own the brand to do more business oriented, and do not spend a lot of money to promote their brand. More and more consumers buy high-pass customer product, Qualcomm will meet.

April 12, HP announced the completion of the total value of the 3Com Corporation 2.7 HP pavilion dv9000 Battery billion acquisition. HP said that the terms of the transaction has been both HP and 3Com Corporation Board of Directors approval. 3Com wholly owned subsidiary in China, China 3 Communications (H3C) also will be incorporated into HP system.

14, HP announced that former Hewlett-Packard China, Foo Piau Phang promoted to Senior Vice President and president of Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific and Japan, took over the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. Foo continue to serve as president of HP China, until China Hewlett-Packard to find a new candidate for president.

15 pm, the trade rumors started to flow on the Internet: “the former president of Qualcomm Greater China, Meng will become president of Motorola China, Ruey-Bin Kao, president of Motorola China, the incumbent will serve as president of HP China, report to the Foo.”

In response, HP China, said spokesman Shen excited: “I have not heard any such news.” While Chen Lei, director of Motorola China public relations, said: “Motorola does not comment on such rumors Yi Gai.” China’s PR director Hou Mingjuan Qualcomm said: “The total for Bangladesh to seek new career opportunities from high-pass, for his future direction, Qualcomm did not know.”

Interesting things seem, but if rumors true that this is definitely one on PC, mobile phone and chip industry, ICT Industry Division earthquakes. The last time such a thing was similar in 2004, three major carriers number one rotation, Wang from China Unicom (600,050, stock it) went to China Mobile, Wang said China Mobile went from China Telecom, Chang Xiaobing electricity from China ( 600 795, share it) the letter went China Unicom (600050, stock it).

Meng quit for Motorola’s news and communications industry experts, Li Gang, said “In recent years, Motorola and Qualcomm Android mobile phone business in a very close co-operation, Meng quit Motorola seem to have ‘natural’. Meng separation After the phone had said it was not for me to rest, he said not to leave the communications industry, the next destination is also a major international companies, will be announced soon. “

It is worth noting, responsible for Motorola’s handset business Sanjay @ Jia (Sanjay Jha) is from the high-pass airborne. August 2008, when he was chief operating officer of Qualcomm’s Sanjay @ Jia airborne Motorola, as co-CEO and handset division of Motorola CEO. After taking office in Sanjay @ Jia, Motorola has introduced the Droid, Cliq and Backflip so well received Android phones using Qualcomm chips. Therefore view the two companies led to close co-operation may Meng joined Motorola.

Motorola rumored Meng quit in the same time, the industry also is rumored to Ruey Bin Kao, president of Motorola China, will switch to HP, as HP China president.

Motorola has been China’s ICT industry, “Whampoa Military Academy”, a recent well-known jump ship in November 2008, Microsoft announced the appointment of former Motorola senior vice president, Asia Pacific Simon Leung, president and chairman of China joined as senior vice president of Microsoft’s IBM ThinkPad T41 Battery global , Greater China chairman and CEO.

In this period, has a number of executives from Motorola Skip to other club. New post David Ho, president of Nokia China, he served as chairman of Nokia Siemens China, Tim Chen Microsoft after a first new post NBA China CEO, Greater China CEO of Philips tetrachloride to his new post, new post Karen Guo, AMD China president Yang Chao to his new post Dell’s consumer business in Greater China General Manager, Xiao-yang to his new post China’s mobile phone division, general manager of Samsung, LG Ren Weiguang his new post, general manager of China Mobile, as well as Conservative Demand dare Lu, Jin Chan, Ye friends ……

“If you can join Ruey Bin Kao, 3Com has just bought the HP, it is definitely a good thing.” A source close to Motorola China on Netease technology, “said Ruey Bin Kao, HP China, one more to both understand the China market, but also communications industry for many years experience in network and terminal operators at the helm, Ruey Bin Kao, is a very appropriate candidate for the. while it Ruey Bin Kao, HP China is definitely a new challenge, after all, he has been working with Motorola 17 years. “

There is no doubt that after the acquisition of 3Com, Hewlett-Packard as soon as possible to include PC and notebook computers, servers, routers, switches, data center and cloud computing business, including integration of multiple product lines.

And access to 3G in China after Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus and other old rivals are successively launched their own brand in China, mobile phones, Lenovo and Dell in particular with China Mobile also launched OPhone phone. For the long delay in entering the Dell Inspiron 8600 Battery Chinese mobile phone market HP, its mobile business in China certainly has been put on the agenda.

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Cell Phone As Style Icon For Communication

Cell Phones, also known as Mobile Phones, have become a way of life. It is no exaggeration to state that in the modern times, it is almost impossible to lead a normal life without the help of cell phones. Believe it or not, several countries including the UK now have more mobile phones than people. If this sounds incredible to you, take a look at the following startling statistics:

– Around 80% of world`s population has mobile phone coverage as of 2006. This figure is expected to increase to 90% by the year 2010.

– In the United States, 50% of children own mobile phones.

– On a numerical basis, India is the biggest growth market adding about 6 million cell phones every month and it is expected to be 500 million by end of 2010.

The market for the cell phone is becoming over-crowded with scored of companies invading the market every quarter of the year. However, as per a recent survey, Nokia Corporation is the largest manufacture of mobile phones with a whopping market share of approximately 36% in the first quarter of 2007. Typically, the mobile phones are meant to play the same role as their stationary counterparts, i.e., landline telephones. However, the introductions of different high-end tools and ground-breaking technologies especially in the last decade have changed the concept of communication like never before.

With facilities such as SMS, Instant Messenger, Built-in MP3 player, Video recording, Internet, GPS and so on, the cell phone has become a key social tool. Ironic as it may sound, but now most cell phone users are keeping in touch with others using `SMS` and a brand-new culture of texting has developed in the process. Moreover, now cell phone users are increasingly customizing and accessorizing their cell phones by adding new features such as ring tones in order to boost their social status and reflect their personality.

Different cell phone manufacturers are well-known for offering some unique features in with their respective cell phones. Hence, often, it becomes difficult for the buyers to decide to settle for a particular brand when they go out shopping. The following are some useful tips on buying a cell phone that will not only reduce your inhibition to a substantial extent but also help you to shop smart. Here they go:

Accessories and Add-ons:

A wide-range of cell phone accessories and add-ons are now available at a lower cost. You can add these accessories, such as cell phone covers, screen protectors, bluetooth handsfree headsets, antennas, leather cases and etc, according to your needs. Quite a few well-know brands are offering these latest accessories for your cell-phones.

Price Guarantee:

While shopping for a cell phone online, ensure that the online store offers price guarantee. Otherwise, it will be a traumatic experience for you when you will find out that same item is available at a cheaper price in another store. Make sure the cell phone you are buying has some sort of price protection or guarantee.

Free Shipping:

When you purchase a cell phone online, see to it that the online store bears the cost of shipping. There is no point in buying a cell phone worth of $100 when you have to pay $30 towards shipping cost.

Quick Delivery:

Picture this: you checked that elegant and sleek designed cell phone, made the payment through credit card, and kept looking forward to its being delivered until you got frustrated and lost your priceless peace of mind. Who needs this sort of purchase anyways? It is indeed quite a harrowing experience to get your products delivered late. Supposing you have plans to pleasantly surprise a friend of yours by gifting her a cell phone on her birthday by having it delivered at her door-step. The last thing you want is your gift being delayed and reaching her late after her birthday. Allow a reasonable span of time for your being delivered at the desired destination.

Privacy Policy:

Usually, all e-commerce sites have their privacy policy stated on the homepage. However, it is up to read between the lines and ensure that you have fully understood privacy policy. All the personal information relating to customers should be protected and kept confidential at all cost.

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