This article appears in the new Winter edition of H+ magazine:
In a new interview, Ray Kurzweil reveals that he’s working with the U.S. to develop a rapid-response system for bioterrorist attacks. “It took us five years to sequence HIV; we can sequence a virus now in one day. And we could, in a matter of days, create an RNA interference medication based on sequencing a new biological virus.
“This is something we created to contend with software viruses. And we have a technological immune system that works quite well….”
And he also has an interesting perspective on the media. “I do think decentralized communication actually helps reduce violence in the world. It may not seem that way because you just turn on CNN and you‘ve got lots of violence right in your living room. But that kind of visibility actually helps us to solve problems.”
Kurzweil pioneered scanners, speech recognition, and synthesizers, and Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States (calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”) But now Ray Kurzweil is applauding things like solar energy, saying “it’s growing exponentially. It‘s doubling every two years, reliably, for the last 20 years. People ask, ‘Is there really enough solar energy to meet all of our energy needs?’ It‘s actually 10,000 times more than we need.
“If you put efficient solar collection panels on a small percentage of the deserts in the world, you would meet 100% of our energy needs!”
Read More in the the Winter edition of H+ magazine