8 June: <i>Light the Future</i> with Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Futurist

8 June: Light the Future with Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Futurist

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, futurist, gave a public presentation on 'Business and Society in the Age of Accelerating Returns' at CLEO, Wednesday, 8 June 2016, moderated by Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, OSA Fellow, OSA Honorary Member.

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The 21st century is an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy, and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil presents an inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny in which we will merge with our machines, can radically extend our lives, and are vastly more intelligent.

Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, and Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” He is considered one of the world’s leading futurists, having predicted the age of mobile computing, digital books, wearables, self-driving cars and high-speed wireless data transmission. With a 30-year track record of accurate predictions, Kurzweil is currently heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding as a Director of Engineering at Google.

 
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
 
The San Jose Convention Center, Grand Ballroom
San Jose, California, USA
Program 18:30 – 20:00 PDT
 
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