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The Singularity Is Near: SyncTV Lesson

Posted by Jay King on June 26, 2011 |

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It’s hard to argue against the unique and special brilliance of inventor, author, and futurist, Ray Kurzweil. He has been labeled by many highly respected sources as, “revolutionary,” a “genius,” and the “heir to Thomas Edison.” Bill Gates said that “Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.”

In his highly successful 2005 book, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil predicts how our bodies will eventually merge with technology. He points out that technology in general, and artificial intelligence specifically, has been and is continuing to grow at an exponential rate.  Human intelligence is not.  Hence, according to Kurzweil, machine intelligence will someday surpass human intelligence, and he thinks that this will happen by the year 2045. He calls that moment in time the Singularity, and he believes that it will fundamentally change life on Earth. The implications of his theory are numerous, fundamental, and controversial.

This is precisely why this groundbreaking work was perfect for StudySync. Kurzweil’s writing exists simultaneously in the worlds of science, science fiction, philosophy, and history, and raises fundamental questions of what it means to be a human in a human-dominated world.  How better to model vital critical reading and thinking skills in our student users than by introducing them to such cutting edge content?

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Categories: Books, Critical Thinking, EdTech, Education, K-12, Literature, StudySync TV, StudySync TV Lessons, Web-based Learning


StudySync Showcases at Silicon Valley NewTech

Posted by Ali Swenson on June 17, 2011 |

Robert1 Last week, we had the opportunity to present at Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, the second such occasion in under two weeks' time.

StudySync CEO Robert Romano took the stage to a sold out crowd. In addition to demonstrating the product, he shared his vision, along with a bit of history behind the company's founding.

[My] first company I founded with James Moffett, who is a renowned educator from Harvard, one of the preeminent educators in language. He passed away during that project, but his inspiration carried over to my second project which is founded in the ideas that fill our books and our libraries, our personal libraries and our public libraries.

Robert2 It's the idea that getting students today, at any level, to read is very difficult. Even a presenter earlier said it's a challenge to even read text for ourselves. So, how do you do that? Those ideas in those books are the cornerstones of our culture, our own source code of the people that we are. It's important to know that the kids that are now in schools really have an interest in learning those ideas.

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Categories: Books, Critical Thinking, EdTech, Education, K-12, Learning, Literature, Web-based Learning


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