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Google and Nasa back Singularity University

Google and Nasa are to back a new school led by controversial futurist Ray Kurzweil that will explore a time when computers are more intelligent than people.

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Google and Nasa are to back a new school led by controversial futurist Ray Kurzweil that will explore a time when computers are more intelligent than people.

The so-called Singularity University will offer courses on biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. It will be sited at Nasa's Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley, close to Google's headquarters.

Kurzweil is best-known for developing the Reading Machine, which translates type into words for the blind, and two essential components, the flat bed scanner and optical character recognition. An AI pioneer, Kurzweil believes machine intelligence will outstrip human thinking and usher in an unprecedented era of human leisure.

The school is named after a book Kurzweil wrote that predicts that machines will be cleverer than people within 50 years.

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