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The University Magazine

Ray Kurzweil’s visit attracts large, enthusiastic crowd

Inventor and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil, a key innovator in the development of artificial intelligence and radical life extension, kicked off the 2008-09 Caroline Werner Gannett Project before an audience of more than 1,000 at RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center Sept. 17.

Ray Kurzweil

More than 1,000 people heard Ray Kurzweil’s wide-ranging presentation, which kicked off this year’s Caroline Werner Gannett Project speakers series.

Kurzweil, a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis and speech recognition technology, has authored five books and founded 10 companies including Kurzweil Computer Products, which was purchased by Xerox Corp.

The Caroline Werner Gannett Project brings noted scholars, authors and artists to RIT. Future presenters include Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, Jan. 21, 2009; Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair, authors, journalists, and new media magnates, March 26; Maira Kalman, children’s book author, illustrator and librettist, April 6; physician Leroy Hood, pioneer in molecular biotechnology and genomics, April 23; and Matt Coolidge, founder and director, Center for Land Use Interpretation, May 4.

For more information, visit www.cwgp.org. All Gannett Project events are free and open
to the public.