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Futurism comes to URI

August 31, 2011

The University of Rhode Island is delving into the future of technology this fall as part of its annual lecture series. Speakers include futurist Ray Kurzweil, the inventor who has a cult following for his theory that human brains will eventually merge with artificial intelligence.

Kurzweil is also known for his quest to extend his own longevity, reportedly taking some 200 pills and supplements each day. He sees technology advancing at an exponential rate, which he predicts will allow people to begin adding computers to their brains by the 2020s.

Other participants in URI’s “Are You Ready for the Future?” colloquium include Anthony Atala, the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and science fiction author Vernor Vinge.

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