A Conversation with Ray Kurzweil and Tim O'Reilly

Ray Kurzweil (Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
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Our evening keynote will be a conversation between Ray Kurzweil, creator of the Blio e-reader, and Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media.

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Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.

Ray Kurzweil invented 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 the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray’s latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.

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Suzanne Axtell
02/24/2010 2:30pm EST

Hi Ward, This conversation will play automatically once the live broadcasting ends today. We’ll also have it up on our YouTube playlist (see the link to TOC Video on the Home page) by the end of the week.

Ward Silver
02/24/2010 2:15pm EST

When will this be available through your archive? It wasn’t listed in On Demand when I just checked.

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Jon Williams
02/24/2010 9:52am EST

Extremely insightful from two fundamental thought leaders. A privilege to hear them

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