Ray Kurzweil has been one of the people I admire most in the music and tech industry. He has been behind many of the innovations in the technology revolution. He helped invent the first optical character reading technology, the first text-to-voice synthesizer, computer-based musical instruments, and the first large-vocabulary speech-recognition system
His V.A.ST. technology in the Kurzweil samplers were years beyond the rest of the pack - the idea of being able to program and shape articulations in real-time was something the Kurzweil samplers did very well. Some of his concepts have inspired GPO.
I just read a fascinating interview with Ray Kurzweil - which you can read here: http://www.cio.com/archive/101504/interview.html
He says that in "20 years or so, we will be able to create virtually any physical product at almost no cost, just from information and fabrication techniques." Hmmm... this sounds like the Jetsons!
"Technology will be very mobile; it'll be so small that it'll be virtually invisible. Everybody will be online. Images will be written right to our retinas". Kurzweil says that one day, software will run inside our brains.
He also believes that by 2020, "we will be placing millions or billions of nanobots -- blood cell-size devices -- inside our bloodstream to travel into our brains and interact with our neurons." He believes machines and humans will merge.
He's also pursuing anti-aging quest. He claims that by the year 2030, "there's going to be very little difference between a guy who's 120 and a guy who's 30. And with so much of our lives spent in virtual reality, we'll able to express ourselves in many different ways. "
He writes about technology progressing "at an exponential pace because we use the latest generation of technology to create the next generation."
What do you think? Do you share Ray Kurzweil's visions of the future?