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Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology 244

The recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents, Ray Kurzweil's accolades are almost too many to list. A prolific inventor, Kurzweil created the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments. His book, The Singularity Is Near, was a New York Times best seller. and is considered one of the best books about futurism and transhumanism ever written. Mr. Kurzweil was hired by Google in December as Director of Engineering to "work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing." He has agreed to take a short break from creating and predicting the future in order to answer your questions. As usual, you're invited to ask as many questions as you'd like, but please divide them, one question per post.
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Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @01:30PM (#42716819)
    Let's see. The first synthesizer able to play sounds of natural instruments... can it be Mellotron (1962), which has sets of magnetic tapes for different sounds? Kurzweil was 14 then. Text--to--speech electronic devices? Some are from early 60s as well. Omni--font OCR? From Wikipedia: Kurzweil is often credited with inventing omnifont OCR, but it was in use by companies, including CompuScan, in the late 1960s and 1970s. Print--to--speech? From Wikipedia: In 1949, RCA engineers worked on the first primitive computer-type OCR to help blind people for the US Veterans Administration, but instead of converting the printed characters to machine language, their device converted it to machine language and then spoke the letters: an early text-to-speech technology..

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