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Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Curator



Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

part of the week long event series 7 Days of Genius at 92 Street Y

92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius
Conversation on stage during the week long event series, held at the historic community center.

featured talk | Ray Kurzweil with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, PhD — on Invention & Immortality





Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joined by astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD for a discussion of some of the biggest topics of our time. They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality.

Ray Kurzweil has been accurately predicting the future for decades. He explains to Star Talk show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, PhD how he does it.

Kurzweil also says microscopic robots called nanobots will connect your neocortex to the cloud — the expansion of the human brain that he predicts will happen in the 2030s.

This featured talk is part of a week long series of events called 7 Days of Genius. Presented by the celebrated, historic 92 Street Y cultural arts and community center.

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Highlights from the talk with Ray Kurzweil and host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD



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Highlights from the talk with Ray Kurzweil and host Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD



Entrepreneur | The one tip for success shared by Ray Kurzweil and Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD

March 9, 2016

Entrepreneur — March 8, 2016 | Catherine Clifford

This is a summary. Read original article in full here

Follow your passion deeply, Ray Kurzweil told an audience at an impressively humorous and entertaining talk hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD at the 92 Street Y community center.

The talk with leading, innovative thinkers was part of 92 Street Y’s week long 7 Days of Genius festival. Kurzweil is an inventor, entrepreneur, author and futurist.

In the future, Kurzweil said, there will be a premium on specialized, comprehensive knowledge. If you have passion for art, music or literature — follow that, he says. Kurzweil learned when he was young he had a passion for inventing. “But for some people it’s not clear,” he says. “They should explore many different avenues.”

Money should not be the motivating factor, says Kurzweil, who is something of a romantic. “Don’t do what you think is practical, just because you think that’s a way to make a living. The best way to pursue the future is find an expression you have a passion for,” he says.

Tyson encourages people to seek out learning, visit museums and follow curiosity. Tyson says, “I’m here to make more people passionate, to transform the world for good.”


about | 7 Days of Genius at 92 Street Y
Background on the week long event series exploring science, innovation and culture.

92 Street Y |  7 Days of Genius is a multi-platform, week long festival with stage events featuring thought leaders in science, innovation and culture. It explores the concept of genius, and how it transforms lives and cultures.

Events are also hosted globally by partner organizations, and digital broadcast through partners MS • NBC and National Geographic.

Our yearly series of inspiring conversations with experts in politics, technology, knowledge, ethics is focused on the power of genius to change the world for the better.


92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius
Some featured speakers from the series.

1.  Manjul Bhargava, PhD
2.  Esther Dyson
3.  Ray Kurzweil
4.  Martine Rothblatt, PhD
5.  Yancey Strickler
6.  Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD


the festival celebrates Genius Revealed featuring:

1.  special installation at 92 Street Y on remarkable, historic female scientists and inventors throughout history
2.  series on female genius produced with Big Think
3.  20 world events with United Nations Women, exploring how genius can help gender equity
4.  global events celebrating innovative ideas of youth to improve communities with design, entrepreneurship
5.  look for Mental Floss campaign on women geniuses
6.  special programming on MS • NBC, and results of our Ultimate Genius Showdown
7.  see winners of our Global Challenges on design, entrepreneurship, religion


video | about 92 Street Y
Background on the historic cultural and community center

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about | 92 Street Y
Landmark community center for culture, arts and conversation.

The historic 92 Street Y is a famous cultural and community center where people from all over connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world. The 92 Street Y is a United States cultural institution in New York, New York at the corner of 92 Street and Lexington Avenue. It’s now a significant landmark center for music, arts, philosophy, celebrity talks and entertainment.

Its full name is the 92 Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. Founded in 1874 by German Jewish professionals, 92 Street Y has grown into an organization guided by Jewish principles but serves people of all races and faiths. We harness the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community.

We enthusiastically reach out to all ages, backgrounds while embracing Jewish values like learning and self-improvement, importance of family, joy of life, and giving back to a wonderfully diverse and growing world.

We curate conversations with the world’s thought leaders — today’s most exceptional thinkers and influential partners for social good — to deepen understanding and engage.

Our performing arts center presents classical, jazz, popular and world music and dance performances. 92 Street Y is a legendary literary destination where the most celebrated writers and readers have gathered since 1939.

We’re a studio, school and workshop where dancers, musicians, jewelry makers, ceramicists, visual artists, poets, playwrights and novelists — professionals and eager amateurs — nourish the human spirit through the arts.

We provide an inspiring, safe and supportive home for families, decades of expertise in parenting, child development, after school sports and classes, special needs programs and summer camps. And offer seniors dozens of activities.

Our fitness center inspires health. 92 Street Y creates meaningful, relevant and joyous experiences for all those who want to connect, finding new ways to bring tradition into dialog with the modern world.

I would encourage anybody as well to watch the Intelligence Square debate video on 92nd Y Street. It is quiet interesting It’s called Don’t trust the promise of Artificial Intelligence. I think both sides of the debate bring interesting arguments.


PBS Newshour | Tech’s next feats? Maybe on-demand kidneys, robot sex, cheap solar, lab meat

PBS Newshour | Optimists at Silicon Valley thinktank Singularity University are pushing the frontiers of human progress through innovation and emerging technologies, looking to greater longevity and better health. As part of his series on “Making Sense” of financial news, Paul Solman explores a future of “exponential growth.”

Paul Solman: Admittedly, solar now provides less than 1 percent of U.S. energy needs. But Singularity University’s other cofounder, Ray Kurzweil, whom we interviewed by something called Teleportec, says the public is pointlessly pessimistic.

Ray Kurzweil, Chancellor, Singularity University: And I think the major reason that people are pessimistic is they don’t realize that these technologies are growing exponentially.

For example, solar energy is doubling every two years. It’s now only seven doublings from meeting 100 percent of the world’s energy needs, and we have 10,000 times more sunlight than we need to do that. […]


York University | “Google’s Ray Kurzweil receives honorary doctorate” — October 16, 2013

On October 16, 2013 York University conferred an honorary doctorate on Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, in a ceremony on campus. The Lassonde School of Engineering wishes to congratulate Ray Kurzweil on this tremendous honour.

An inventor, author, futurist and a thinker, Ray Kurzweil is most certainly a Renaissance Engineer

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Meet Great Minds

Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, and Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN, Curators


2015 Medicine Nobel

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three researchers: William C. Campbell, Satoshi Omura, and Youyou Tu. The first two developed ivermectin, which has nearly eradicated river blindness and reduced the incidence of filariasis, while Tu discovered the anti-malaria staple artemisinin. (The New York Times)

Nature Video presents: Nobel laureates in their own words


In this series of animations, Nobel prize-winning scientists talk about work, life and discoveries that change the world. Recorded at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

All creatures great and small
Elizabeth Blackburn

From jellyfish to ants, all life is beautiful in the eyes of Elizabeth Blackburn, co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. She talks about her fascination with living things and the discovery of telomerase and telomeres.

Fluorescence is a state of mind   Stefan Hell

How to break a fundamental law of physics and win a Nobel Prize to boot. Stefan Hell explains super-resolved fluorescence microscopy for which he shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

One photon’s journey with Saul Perlmutter

The story of the evolution of life on earth during one photon’s journey across the universe. Told by Saul Perlmutter who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe.

The pigeon, the antenna and me with Robert Wilson

Radio astronomer Robert Wilson recalls a pair of pigeons who almost thwarted the discovery of cosmic background radiation. Wilson’s discovery of cosmic background radiation, ‘the echo of the big bang’, earned him a share of the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics.


Nobel laureate William E. Moerner believes scientists should defend science more vigorously. But faced with contentious topics like genetically modified organisms, who’s best placed to get the right messages about science to the public?

Young scientists and the future

This year at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Nature asked a group of the brightest young researchers to address key scientific questions and to discuss their ideas with Nobel laureates. Did the younger and older scientists agree? What advice did laureates have for those young scientists who seek to emulate their success?

 A challenge for academia

Laureate Eric Betzig ignored the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. He attributes his success to a background in industry. Should young scientists look outside of the university system to progress their careers?

Today we present 10 more engaging talks by Nobel prize winners! Watch behind-the-scenes stories about the discovery of GFP, ribozymes, apoptosis and more.

Remembering Professor Jacob Bekenstein, A Black Hole Pioneer And Hebrew University Theoretical Physicist


August 18, 2015 —Professor Jacob Bekenstein, a theoretical physicist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem whose groundbreaking ideas shed new light on black holes, died unexpectedly in Finland on Sunday, August 16.Professor Bekenstein was the Polak Professor of Theoretical Physics at Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics. His proposals about black holes, entropy and thermodynamics launched the field of black hole thermodynamics and became the basis for the science of Quantum Gravity.

Bekenstein’s early ideas were initially contested by the physicist Stephen Hawking, who later reversed course and affirmed them with his famous proposal for the existence of Hawking radiation. In 2004 Bekenstein’s TeVeS theory reconciled Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND), which explained a range of cosmological phenomena which had previously required invoking dark matter, with Einstein’s theory of gravity.

Born in Mexico City in 1947, Bekenstein became a U.S. citizen in 1968, obtaining his undergraduate and MS degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University) in 1969, and his PhD from Princeton University in 1972. In 1974 he moved to Israel, and since 1990 he was a professor at Hebrew University, where he continued his research.

Professor Bekenstein received the Landau Prize in 1981, the Rothschild Prize in 1988, the Israel Prize in physics in 2005, the Weizmann Prize in 2011, the Wolf Prize in 2012 and the American Physical Society’s Einstein Prize in 2015.

In 2012, the world’s top theoretical physicists gathered to mark 40 years since the publication of Bekenstein’s groundbreaking paper on black hole entropy, at an international conference organized by Hebrew University and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. Presented in cooperation with the Israel Science Foundation, the conference focused on recent ramifications of black hole thermodynamics and prospects for the future.

The Hebrew University’s president, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, said: “Profesor Bekenstein’s original and innovative work has earned him a place of honor in the field of exploration of the universe, and has paved the way for many other scientists around the world.”

Cosmologist Alexander Szalay to Receive Sidney Fernbach Award



A cosmologist, Szalay works on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He wrote the first papers associating dark matter with relic particles from the Big Bang.

Alexander Szalay, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. Szalay was recognized “for his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many scientific areas including astrophysics, turbulence and genomics.”

Established in 1992 in memory of high-performance computing pioneer Sidney Fernbach, the Fernbach Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches. The award consists of a certificate and a (U.S.) $2,000 honorarium. Szalay will be presented with the award on November 17, 2015, in Austin, TX at the SC15 Conference.

Szalay teaches in the Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science Departments at Johns Hopkins. He is the Director of the JHU Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science. Born and educated in Hungary, Szalay spent postdoctoral periods at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago before accepting a faculty position at Johns Hopkins.

A cosmologist, Szalay works on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He wrote the first papers associating dark matter with relic particles from the Big Bang. Recently he has been working on problems related to large data sets in various areas of physics and astrophysics.

Szalay is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and was project director of the NSF-funded National Virtual Observatory, building an open system out of the various distributed astronomy collections across the US. Recently he has been focusing on the challenges of building public numerical laboratories from large supercomputer simulations.

He has built various data-intensive parallel computers, one of them winning the Storage Challenge at SC-08. His papers cover areas from theoretical cosmology, observational astronomy, spatial statistics, and computer science.

Szalay was elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a corresponding member in 1990. In 2003 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received an Alexander von Humboldt Prize in Physical Sciences in 2004 and the Microsoft Jim Gray Award in 2007. In 2008, he became Doctor Honoris Causa of the Eötvös University.

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