Ray Kurzweil Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Raymond Kurzweil was born on the 12th February 1948, in Queens, New York City USA, and is a computer scientist, inventor, futurist and author, best known to the world for improving technology in areas such as text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition, optical character recognition (OCR), and other related fields.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ray Kurzweil is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Ray`s net worth is as high as $27 million, an amount earned through his successful scientific career, including authoring a number of books – “The Age of Intelligent Machines” (1990), “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever” (2004), among others, the sales of which have also added to his net worth.

Ray Kurzweil Net Worth $27 Million

Ray is the son of Jewish parents, but secular, and who escaped from Austria to USA just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Since an early age, Ray was making up new things from parts of his various toys and old electronic gadgets. Little by little his skills improved, and when he was seven or eight years old he constructed a robotic puppet theater. In his teens Ray became interested in computers, and soon started building computing devices and statistical programs. While in high school Ray wrote his first computer program, which was able to analyze sound of classical composers and then make a song of its own based on the sounds it received; he won first prize at the International Science Fair for his invention. After high school, Ray enrolled at MIT, from which he graduated with a BSc degree in computer science and literature. During his college days, Ray continued to progress, and in his second year created the program Select College Consulting Program, which was used to compare thousands of different categories about colleges and students, and his answers on a college application adapted as a questionnaire. Thanks to the success of the program he soon sold it to Harcourt, Brace & World for $100,000, which only increased his net worth. Since then, his career has gone only upwards, and so has his net worth.

Ray has started several companies throughout his successful career, including Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc, which was responsible for developing one of the first omni-font optical character recognition systems, then Kurzweil Music Systems, which made some of the most popular synthesizers including Kurzweil K250, and was later sold as a whole company to Young Chang, a South Korean manufacturer of musical instruments. His next venture was Kurzweil Applied Intelligence or KAI, which the developed speech recognition program, Kurzweil Educational Systems, which saw the light of day in 1996, and was founded with the goal of developing a new pattern recognition program for children with disabilities such as dyslexia, blindness and other disabilities. He also started several other companies, such as Medical Learning Company, and a website KurzweilCyberArt.com, among many others, which successes only increased his net worth.

Most recently, Ray was hired by Google co-founder Larry Page, “to bring natural language understanding to Google”.

Thanks to his outstanding career, Ray has received numerous prestigious awards, including Dickson Prize in Science in 1994, National Medal of Technology in 1999, Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in 2000, and the Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award among many others.

Regarding his personal life, Ray has been married to Sonya Rosenwald Fenster since 1975 and the couple has two children. Ray is a part of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which is a cryonics company, and on his death he is to be perfused with cryoprotectants, vitrified in liquid nitrogen, in the hope that future technology will allow him to be revived and his tissue repaired.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 12, 1948
Birth place: Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Profession:Author
Education:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nationality:American
Spouse:Sonya R. Kurzweil (m. 1975)
Children:Amy Kurzweil, Ethan Kurzweil
Parents:Hannah Kurzweil, Frederic Kurzweil
Movies:The Singularity is Near, Plug & Pray
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002 for the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first device to transform print into computer-spoken words.
2Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of human-computer interfacing, and has also developed music synthesizers that successfully re-create the sound of acoustic instruments.


Quotes

#Quote
1Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by [a transformation] process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era. We each have a fat insulin receptor gene that says, 'Hold on to every calorie'. That was a good idea 10,000 years ago when you worked all day to get a few calories. There were no refrigerators, so you stored them in your fat cells. I would like to tell my fat insulin receptor gene, 'You don't need to do that anymore', and indeed that was done at the Joslin Diabetes Center. They turned off this gene and the lab mice ate ravenously and remained slim. They didn't get diabetes; they didn't get heart disease. They lived 20 percent longer.
2All my measurements are in ideal ranges. I scan my arteries to see if I have plaque buildup, and I have no antherosclerosis. I come out younger on biological aging tests. So far, so good. But this program is not designed to last a very long time. [It] is what we call bridge one. The goal is to get to bridge two: the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease.. Bridge three is to go beyond biology to the nanotechnology revolution. At that point we can have little robots, sometimes called 'nanobots', that augment your immune system . We can create an immune system that recognizes all disease and .. could be programmed to deal with new pathogens.
3People say, 'I don't want to live like a typical 95-year-old for hundreds of years'. But the goal is not just to extend life. The idea is to stay healthy and vital and not only to have life extension but life expansion.
4We are increasing the intelligence of our civilization, and we're doing so exponentially. Technology is part of our civilization. Sometimes people talk about conflict between humans and machines, and you can see a lot of that in science fiction. But the machines we're inventing are not some invasion from Mars. We create these tools to expand our reach, One thousand years ago, I couldn't reach fruit at a higher branch, so I created a tool to increase my reach. No other species does that.
5It is only the rich that afford [new technologies] at an early point, when they don't work. By the time they work a little bit, they're affordable. By the time they work really well, they're almost free. And that will be true of these health technologies. Look at AIDS drugs - twenty years ago they were $30,000 per patient per year, Today they're [more] effective and they're $80 per patient per year.


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Filmography

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Singularity Is Near2010Documentary co-director

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Singularity Is Near2010Documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Circuit2001additional thanks: Kurzweil Technologies

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The University2016DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee (as Ray Kurzweil)
Dans les limbes2015DocumentaryHimself
Autopilots2013DocumentaryHimself
Steve Aoki-Singularity2013ShortHimself
Terms and Conditions May Apply2013DocumentaryHimself - Futurist & Inventor
Google and the World Brain2013DocumentaryHimself - Inventor of the Scanner, Futurologist (as Ray Kurzweil)
The Singularity2012Documentary
Un monde sans humains?2012TV Movie documentary
Welcome to the Machine2012Video documentaryHimself
Weird or What?2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Author & Inventor
Transcendent Man: Live with Ray Kurzweil2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2011TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2011TV SeriesHimself - Futurist
Charlie Rose2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Nova ScienceNow2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia2010DocumentaryHimself
The Singularity Is Near2010DocumentaryHimself
Plug & Pray2010DocumentaryHimself - Author
Roadtrip Nation2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Transcendent Man2009DocumentaryHimself
How to Live Forever2009DocumentaryHimself
Life Extended2009DocumentaryHimself
NextWorld2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Visions of the Future2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Universe2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, 'The Singulrity is Near'
Horizon2004-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Technocalyps2006DocumentaryHimself - Futurist
The Riddle of Einstein's Brain2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Author (as Ray Kurzweil)
Modern Marvels2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, Fantastic Voyage
The Hard Problem: The Science Behind the Fiction2004Video documentaryHimself
Sentient Machines: Robotic Behavior2004Video documentary shortHimself
2001: HAL's Legacy2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Books2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Revenge of the Dead Indians1993DocumentaryHimself
Giving Machines Some Thought1986DocumentaryHimself
I've Got a Secret1965TV SeriesHimself - Contestant

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

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What Makes Us Clever? A Horizon Guide to Intelligence2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement2007Video documentaryHimself

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