Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ray Kurzweil: Futuristic Genius
Kurzweil's creativity spans much further than simply OCR, however. Along with engineering, Kurzweil is able to use his knowledge to predict future trends of technology. This relates to the creative process of mental imagery. He takes his past memories and knowledge then sits and thinks about potential gaps in current technology. Using these gaps, he creates predictions for future innovations. Some of Kurzweil's notable past predictions include predicting that a world chess champion would lose to a computer, PC's would be able to answer queries through Internet information, exoskeletal libs would allow disabled individuals to walk, and individuals would be able to give verbal commands to their computers. All of these predictions occurred within the timespan he predicted them to. For the next 25 years, Kurzweil is predicting glasses beaming images directly onto the retina, nanobots intelligence to be smarter than medical technology so most diseases will be eradicated, an ability to upload our mind and consciousness onto a computer, and many more.
Kurzweil uses mental imagery to make these predictions as they are all innovative, creative, and brand new. They are all, however, incredibly possible, and in some cases, likely probably for the near future. Kurzweil's creativity does not go unnoticed. He won the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton, induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, received 20 honorary doctorates, and various honors from three presidents. He is an engineer, author of seven books, and a renowned futurist. By conditioning himself to constantly think and allow himself to explore creativity, Kurzweil has contributed greatly to invaluable technological advances.