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Ray Kurzweil 30-minute interview by James Bedsole, science journalist

This is the full interview (about 30 minutes) with Ray in his Google office in Mountain View, CA, February 15, 2017. Ray gave generously of his time, and his replies to my questions were very focused, full of excellent content. At the end of 2013, I made a documentary (https://youtu.be/5igUX43gkiU) about Ray, which includes clips … Continue reading

A Techno-Optimistic View of the World – 23-minute video by James Bedsole, science journalist

During 2017, I interviewed six prominent techno-optimists: Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Ramez Naam, Daniel Kraft, David Eagleman, and Dave Evans. This video assembles clips from these interviews, to address the meaning of techno-optimism and why techno-optimists have a positive, brave, fearless view of humanity’s future. You can view more of the interviews with each of … Continue reading

Cutting-Edge Robotics Research at the Wyss Institute

  Flying robots. Crawling robots. Swarming robots. Soft robots. Wearable robots. All of these robotic types are in development at the Harvard-based Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The Wyss (pronounced “veese”) Institute was established in 2009 from a $125 million gift from Swiss entrepreneur Hansjorg Wyss, who earned a Harvard M.B.A. in 1965. At … Continue reading

Techno-Optimism: Everything Will Get Better

Imagine that, within the next couple of decades, worldwide living standards will have risen enough to end to dire poverty and material scarcity. Humanity will enter an era of bountiful food, endless clean water, inexhaustible cheap energy, greatly extended human longevity, exponentially improved communications and education. Such is the optimistic view presented in the just-published … Continue reading

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