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.

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  1. pbm043 says:

    I would like to see Mr. Kurzweil speak not only because he seems like a very apt candidate for the subject of “technology,” but also because he seems like a renaissance man of sorts, which I think is exactly the type of person that a Bucknell audience would be interested in. Although it seems that Mr. Kurzweil has particular expertise in areas concerning speech, it is also evident that he has a wide range of interests. What I have gleaned from my limited readings, is that he seems to be a man who is driven by the prospect of what can be achieved in the future. When I think about technology and what the industry is trying to achieve, I don’t want to hear about improvements on existing things or slight tweaks. In today’s modern era, what I want to hear about and what I’m impressed with is true innovation and new, helpful uses for technological advances, and that is exactly the impression I get from Kurzweil.

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