This article appears in the new Winter edition of H+ magazine:
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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.