Man And Machine Become One

Inventor Raymond Kurzweil talks nanobots

Raymond C. Kurzweil graduated in 1970 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a dual major--computer science and literature--and has since led dual careers as a software entrepreneur and an author. He is the founder and chairman of Kurzweil Technologies in Wellesley Hills, Mass., and six other companies that have pioneered applications of artificial intelligence in medicine, speech recognition, and reading machines for the blind. His books include The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990, and The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, published this year. Kurzweil spoke with BUSINESS WEEK Senior Writer Otis Port about nanotechnology, which may enable engineers to construct microscopic computers and robots, or nanobots, atom by atom. These machines could dramatically affect the future of human intelligence.

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