Ray Kurzweil- Director of Engineering, Google
If you’re questioning the relationship between futurism and Street View, consider how most people felt when Street View first launched 10 years ago. Ray’s illuminating perspective will help us understand where Street View can go in the next 10, 20, 100 years!
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. He was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, omni-font optical character recognition, print-to- speech reading machine for the blind, text-to- speech synthesizer, music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition software.
Ray 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 and How To Create A Mind. He is a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.