Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is a preeminent figure in the world of technology, a bestselling author, and an advocate for transhumanism and futurism. He is widely publicised for his views on the future of robotics, energy, biotechnology and life extension technologies.
After studying computer science at MIT, Kurzweil embarked on an extraordinary and unrivalled career as an inventor and entrepreneur. He has contributed to advancements in technologies including the flatbed scanner, text-to-speech converters, music synthesisers, and speech recognition software. Across his career he has founded and sold several companies, and today is Director of Engineering at Google.
Kurzweil is known for his many innovative ideas and for popularising concepts that have opened peoples’ minds to the possibilities of future technology. Meanwhile his predictions – many of which have already proved highly accurate – have captured the imagination of the worldwide media. He is most famous for theories including The Law of Accelerating Returns, the possible indefinite extension of the human lifespan, and the eventual merging of biology and technology. Kurzweil has written several books, including the New York Times bestselling The Singularity is Near, the seminal The Age of Intelligent Machines, and his Terry Grossman collaboration Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. In 2019, he released his first work of fiction, Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine, and he has written, produced or contributed to documentary films including The Singularity and Plug & Play.
Kurzweil has received a host of major awards and honours, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (bestowed at a ceremony by President Bill Clinton), the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Dickson Prize in Science, and the Arthur C. Clark Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and has received 21 Honorary Doctorates.