Q&A: Are There Certain Predictions About the Future We Hope Don’t Come True?


Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder, Chancellor and Director at Singularity University, discusses his optimism in light of entrepreneurship and human history. He further explains that the focus in the media on all the problems in the world is actually a testament to advances in communication technology.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, October 2014.

Ray Kurzweil
About The Speaker

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. In addition to being a Director of Engineering at Google, he is also the author of five national best-selling books.