Described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Ray Kurzweil will unquestionably be a fascinating speaker to bring to Bucknell, with his inventive way of thinking and futuristic mind. Believing that the world will transform to a different place once a new technology is introduce, Kurzweil has developed many original technology products including the print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer. His best-selling book, “The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence” has become the #1 best-selling book on Amazon, in the Science and “Artificial Intelligence” categories, and has also been published in nine languages.
In today’s world, the rapid development of technology has had great influences on human’s life. With his visionary outlook, Kurzweil criticizes the fact that many people fail to take into account this exponential growth in addressing current problems. According to him, it is quite impossible to predict the outcomes of any particular technology project coming out, but based on the evidences of technological acceleration, we can still predict the next stage of our progress. Considered “an author, scientist, inventor and futurist”, Kurzweil has received twelve honorary Doctorates in science, engineering and music. His achievements and insights will absolutely provide a precious and stimulating experience to Bucknell community.