Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Professor, Author, Inventor

The Ray Kurzweil keynotes are insightful discussions that explore the rapid technology advancements that humans will soon face. Kurzweil believes that humans must be able to keep pace with these technologies, or fall victim to their inevitably limitless possibilities.

Kurzweil, who is often referred to as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," is one of the leading inventors in the world, developing the first print-to-speech reading machine for the visually impaired and CCD flat-bed scanner. Due to his extensive work inventing, Kurzweil has been honored with numerous awards including 'the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize' and the 'National Medal of Technology' from President Bill Clinton.

With regards to his education, Kurzweil attended MIT and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Literature. Prior to this post-secondary accomplishment, Kurzweil showed his entrepreneurial genius when he started a college consulting company, which he sold at age 20 for $100,000. In conjunction with this degree, Kurzweil has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and awards from three Presidents of the United States.

As an inventor who has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "the restless genius" and by Forbes as "the ultimately thinker," Kurzweil's work has garnered much attention and positive reception. He wrote six publications -- four of which are national bestsellers -- including 'The Age of Spiritual Machines' and 'The Singularity in Near.' Recently, Kurzweil unveiled an institution, 'Singularity University,' devoted to creating space of inspiration, education and understanding of effects of advancing technologies.

With a clear perspective of the landscape of advancing technologies, the Ray Kurzweil keynotes talk of a future full of terrifying technological breakthroughs that may one day surpass human comprehension.

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