Ray Kurzweil


The 1978 recipient of the Grace Murray Hopper Award, 1999 recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, a Lemelson-MIT prize winner and inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Ray Kurzweil is held in the highest regard in the tech sector.

Kurzweil’s first gift to the world of technology was the image scanner, before he unleashed optical character recognition (OCR) on the world, allowing us to transform images into text. He invented the first print to speech reading machine for blind people and a synthesizer that could recreate the sound of a grand piano. And that is just half of Kurzweil’s incredible story and contribution to the planet.

Kurzweil successfully predicted the World Wide Web‘s emergence and that a chess champion could be beaten by a computer, and while it is easy to brush this off in hindsight, his years’ of experience working at the forefront of the tech industry make him one of the most sought-after futurists in the world. Some of his more recent predictions include that machines will outsmart humans by 2055, fossil fuels will be a thing of the past by 2026 and in several decades humans will have the power to live indefinitely.

Whether you believe in the timeframes or even the content of his speeches, Kurzweil is undisputedly the best at what he does. His predictions come from in-depth research into the fields in which he works and the possibilities that will come with the progression of artificial intelligence and technology.

Such is Kurzweil’s pioneering work, that he has been recognised by three US presidents and was named by PBS as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America”. Strong praise has been bestowed on Kurzweil who was also listed by Inc. Magazine as eighth in the “most fascinating” entrepreneurs in the US; in the same article they named him “Edison’s rightful heir”.

Having spoken at industry leading conferences such as SXSW, Demo and even the prestigious TEDx, Kurzweil is a thought leader offering dynamic insight into the worlds of science and technology. With interests in artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and life extension technologies, there are few futurism speakers as well placed to offer a glimpse of our future as him.

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When at corporate events, Ray is known to cover the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Disruption
  • Nanotechnology & Robotics
  • Biotechnology & Computer Science
  • Futurism & Philosophy