Who is Ray Kurzweil?

Without any doubt Ray Kurzweil is the most famous and widely recognized singularitarian. He is the person most responsible for the popularization of the concept of the technological singularity and is sometimes referred to as "the singularity prophet" (both in the positive and the negative sense of the word).

Ray is an inventor and well published futurist who, among other things is famous for: predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union; the rise of the Internet; believing that he can live forever; claiming that eventually he will bring his late father back from the dead; for writing persuasively about the Law of Accelerating Returns; for starting up a number of successful tech companies and for being one of the founders of Singularity University.

Some of Dr. Kurzweil's most famous books include: The Age of Intelligent Machines, The Singularity is Near, Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever.

Ray has appeared in a number of documentaries about the singularity, himself or technology in general, most notable of which are Transcendent Man and the Singularity is Near, which he wrote and produced himself.

Watch Futurist Ray Kurzweil on Singularity on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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