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Chairman, Kurzweil Technologies & a Director of Engineering, Google

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  • A director of engineering at Google, developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding
  • Has been called “the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal, "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes and the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison” by Inc.
  • Co-founder and chancellor of Singularity University
  • Holds 21 honorary doctorates
  • Received honors from three U.S. presidents
  • Author of multiple best-selling books, including “How to Create a Mind” and “The Singularity Is Near"
Biography
Chairman, Kurzweil Technologies & a Director of Engineering, Google

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made America."

Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Among Ray’s many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best-sellers "The Singularity Is Near" (2005) and "How To Create A Mind" (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

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