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Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, Author, Futurist

Ray Kurzweil is a leading inventor, thinker, and futurist, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. He was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs in America by Inc. magazine in 2005.

Ray was the principal inventor 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.

Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.