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Top Takeaways from Ray Kurzweil’s 2018 TED Talk

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:44:08 PM America/New_York

Top Takeaways from Ray Kurzweil’s 2018 TED Talk

 

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Last week, Ray Kurzweil joined Chris Anderson on stage at the TED2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia where leading experts from around the world presented their thoughts on the future of humanity in The Age of Amazement. Their 60 minute discussion narrowed in on the day’s themes of artificial intelligence, longevity, and technology’s impact on human culture. Kurzweil expanded on his 2016 prediction that humans will be on their way to achieving longevity escape velocity as early as 2029.

In case you missed it, we’ve outlined the key takeaways from Kurzweil’s talk and TED2018: The Age of Amazement below:

 

Artificial Intelligence and Job Disruption

Kurzweil has made it no secret that he feels optimistic about the future of human employment in the face technology. However, as artificial intelligence moves closer to passing the Turing Test, a growing number of experts have begun to consider how society will deal with massive job disruption brought on by advancements in automation and artificial intelligence. According to Kurzweil, by the 2030’s, humans’ concerns will be primarily focused on discovering new ways of finding meaning and purpose. By merging with highly intelligent technologies, humans will experience an indefinite expansion of their neocortex which will lead to innovations in expression and communication.

Universal Basic Income by 2030

The idea of universal basic income is a controversial topic in today’s society, but in the face of a world where not everyone can, it’s a topic that politicians, non profits and entrepreneurs are starting to test around the world.

By the end of the 2030s, universal basic income will be enacted on a global scale. According to Kurzweil, this income will be more than enough for people to meet their fundamental needs.

Introducing Google’s “Talk to Books”

\Imagine being able to ask your favorite writers how they feel about a certain topic. As a director of engineering at Google, Kurzweil introduced the latest from the company’s research team. “Talk to Books” uses semantic search functions to gather results based on meaning rather than keywords. “Talk to Books”  allows the user to type in a question or a statement which the model then uses to search for related responses in over 100,000 books. You can test it out here

Intelligence as a Superpower

Kurzweil introduced the TED2018 audience to the main character in his latest book, Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine. Danielle is a young woman who uses her intelligence and accelerating technologies to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Through her adventures, readers learn about real-life leaders and how they can turn their ideas into real-world actions.

Watch the animated book trailer below, or check out the book’s website (www.danielleworld.com) for information and how you can pre-order.

 

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Five Tips for Prime Oral Health

Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:49:19 PM America/New_York

Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than breast cancer and prostate cancer. Out of the estimated 49,750 patients that will be diagnosed with oral cancer, 9750 cases will unfortunately, be fatal. Research suggests that having a healthy mouth can help us ward off diseases. Poor oral health, however, increases our risk of serious health problems such as heart attacks, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. Ray Kurzweil outlines the benefits of strong oral health in his book, Transcend, believing it has a major role to play in your quest to live a long life.

oral healthy awareness

 

In recognition of April as Oral Cancer Awareness month, we have put together some tips for optimal oral health.

  1. Talk to your doctor. One of the 9 steps outlined by Kurzweil for a long life, your dentist plays a major role in maintaining your oral health and early detection of diseases. Dentistry is all about prevention and a regular oral exam is your foundation for good oral health. They can notice subtle changes in the mouth that a regular person may miss.


  2. Brush with Purpose. The simplest way to prevent diseases and maintain supreme oral health is already at your disposal. Your toothbrush. Doctors recommend brushing your teeth properly for at least 2 ½ minutes, twice a day for a healthy mouth. While it is true that your teeth can take a little roughing, your gums are rather delicate. Hence, be careful to not brush too hard.

  3. Take Vitamin D. Over 71% of American adults take dietary supplements to maintain optimal health. We recommend taking one tablet of our “Vitamin D3 tablets” every day to maintain peak oral health. Whether you choose to join the crowd or prefer your nutrients the natural way, taking vitamin D prevents gum disease and kills harmful bacteria residing in your mouth. Foods such as salmon, portobello mushrooms, tuna, egg yolks and beef liver are rich sources of vitamin D.

  4. Limit the sugar intake. We are all aware of the negative effects of sugar on our teeth. Certain bacteria in our mouth feed off the sugar we eat, creating harmful acids that attack the enamel. Thus, if you have a sweet tooth, limit your consumption of sugary foods to mealtime. This will reduce the amount of time your teeth are under attack. We recommend switching over to Stevia as your preferred sugar substitute. It is all natural and 100 times sweeter than regular sugar!


  5. Pineapples for Shiny Teeth.  One more reason to eat this already delicious tropical fruit? It is a boon for your oral health. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that removes stains from your teeth. Also, eating crunchy fruits and vegetables is a natural way to whiten and clean your teeth.

 

Taking care of your mouth goes a long way to take care of your body. As always, ensuring you are providing your body with all the necessary nutrients for optimal functioning is the key to living a long, prosperous life. We hope this article sheds some light on the little things you can do maintain a healthy mouth, please let us know what you think in the comments.

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Ray Kurzweil at SXSW 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:50:17 PM America/New_York

A lot of talk is happening around Kurzweil’s talk with Mashable’s Jessica Coen at SXSW 2018. For those of you who weren’t able to attend the event in-person, below are a few highlights from the event, as well as a full-length video of the discussion. Read More
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Blog - Longevity News

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:05:18 PM America/New_York

Longevity Science tracks the current health and longevity news. Subscribe to the feed to keep up to date. Read More
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BioMed

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:01:20 PM America/New_York

BioMedSearch contains PubMed/MedLine publications (including some data that NIH chooses not to display), plus journals and a collection of theses and dissertations that are not available elsewhere for free, making it the most comprehensive biomedical search on the web.

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Kurzweil AI news

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:00:02 PM America/New_York

Ray's free daily newsletter, available at KurzweilAI.net, is one of the best ways to keep abreast of the latest breakthroughs in medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, computer science, information technology, artificial intelligence, and more.

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