Originally posted by DanUKphd
reply to post by SaturnFX
They guy in the video talks gobledegook. In the first few minutes he got elementary math wrong. 5 steps + 30 steps does not = 30 steps.
Hmm, he made a mistake? go figure...and here I thought he was a robot incapable of letting trivial things slip
Then I realized he was just making numbers up but talking as if it was factual. People who make stuff up off the top of their head and then try and
present it as fact are not terribly bright.
And here we go...ready:
Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil born February 12, 1948
-In 1963, at age fifteen, he wrote his first computer program. 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
-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
-His company under his direction created the CCD flatbed scanner and the text-to-speech synthesizer.
-He created electronic musical instraments (perhaps you heard of kurzweil in regards to synthesizers and various other musical equiptment)
-He wrote a book long before the internet discussing the internet and more importantly, embedded linking within links...he was thought to be a quack
for such a prediction
-Kurzweil created the company Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (KAI) to develop computer speech recognition systems for commercial use.
-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.
-During the 1990s 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—a website featuring computer programs to
assist the creative art process.
-In 1999, Kurzweil created a hedge fund called "FatKat" (Financial Accelerating Transactions from Kurzweil Adaptive Technologies), 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
-In June 2005, Kurzweil introduced the "Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader" (K-NFB Reader)—a 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.
-A movie is in the works for just his book about the coming singularity 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 about artificial intelligence saving the world)
Ya...the guy isn't bright, except for advancing our technology dramatically..I am sure your list to date is far better...I mean, other than simply
being a judgemental internet troll laughing at their intellectual superiors
for making a single mistake.
So go on then, list your accomplishments
I've never heard so much nonesense uttered in the first 5 minutes of an hour long documentary in all my life. Couldn't watch anymore than 5 minutes.
Well, 5 minutes and a mistake will certainly make you an expert...still waiting on your list of inventions that have reformed the world as we know
edit on 23-12-2010 by SaturnFX because: (no reason given)