Ray Kurzweil "was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, 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. Ray has successfully founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, cybernetic art, and other areas of artificial intelligence . All of these technologies continue today as market leaders. Ray's Web site, KurzweilAI.net, is a leading resource on artificial intelligence.
"Ray Kurzweil was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize (view the video), the nation's largest award in invention and innovation. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. He has also received scores of other national and international awards, including the 1994 Dickson Prize (Carnegie Mellon University's top science prize), Engineer of the Year from Design News, Inventor of the Year from MIT, and the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. He has received twelve honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents. He has received seven national and international film awards. Ray's books include The Age of Intelligent Machines, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. Four of Ray's books have been national best sellers and The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray Kurzweil's new book, published by Viking Press, is entitled The Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology." 
- TED Brain Trust, TED 
- Cofounder, Ray and Terry's Longevity Products (specializes in food supplements that promise to increase lifespan)
- Cofounder, Singularity University
- Advisory Board, Foresight Institute 
- Former advisor, Extropy Institute 
- Scientific advisory board, Maximum Life Foundation 
- Egil Asprem, "The Magus of Silicon Valley: Ray Kurzweil’s Transhumanism as Contemporary Esotericismmore", ESSWE4, University of Gothenburg, June 26-29, 2013.
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- About, Ray Kurzweil, accessed June 9, 2008.
- TED Brain Trust, TED, accessed April 1, 2010.
- Foresight Institute Advisors, organizational web page, accessed July 9, 2013.
- Extropy Institute Directors, organizational web page, accessed November 16, 2019.
- Maximum Life Foundation Scientific advisory board, accessed January 20, 2020.
- Peter Harley, "Technology to the Rescue? Ray Kurzweil and the Human Machines", CounterPunch, June 7 / 8, 2008.