CSU - Pueblo speaker series features inventor, newly named Google Engineering Director
PUEBLO – The 2012-2013 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will continue in January with Ray Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, futurist, and newly appointed director of engineering at Google. All events are free and open to the public.
Kurzweil will present, How Technology will Transform Us, at 7 p.m., on January 23 in Hoag Recital Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required for admission.
His recent hired by technology giant Google as director of engineering will have him working on new machine-learning and language-processing projects, including “a search engine so sophisticated that it could act like a ‘cybernetic friend,’ who knows users better than they know themselves.”
Described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Kruzweil was ranked #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States by Inc. magazine, who labeled him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” among inventors of the past two centuries. As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer 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.
Kurzweil’s web site Kurzweil AI.net has more than one million readers. Kurzweil is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation, the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, and is a 2002 inductee to the U.S. Patent Office’s National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realms of contemporary significance. The series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, politicians, and business people, who can inspire students and community members to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. Events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, Diversity Resource Center, Hasan School of Business, College of Science and Math, and the Division of Student Affairs.