SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World-renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil will deliver the keynote address at RAAD Festival, the world’s largest gathering of health longevity enthusiasts, via BeamPro, a telepresence robot from Suitable Technologies. Additionally, Ray Kurzweil's breaking science and technology news publication, KurzweilAI.net, is a confirmed sponsor of RAAD Festival.
“Imagine finding yourself at a conference about life extension and age reversal, and then bumping into none other than Ray Kurzweil, in robot form, in the hallway,” mused James Strole of the Coalition for Radical Life Extension, the lead organizer of the event. “Such a scenario is not, in fact, a lucid dream but rather the reality that is taking shape August 4-7 in San Diego. We really could not be more pleased that Ray, who needs no introduction to anyone with an interest in leveraging technology to improve the human condition, will be delivering the keynote at RAAD Festival. I cannot think of a more fitting or pre-eminent speaker for this event than Ray. I am eagerly anticipating his address and his robotic presence at the conference! Moreover, we appreciate the generous sponsorship of the event from KurzweilAI.net.”
A best-selling author and futurist, and one of the world’s most prolific inventors, Kurzweil was the recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country’s highest honor in technology, and in 2001 he won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
Having been called “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, and “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison” by Inc. magazine, Kurzweil was named by PBS as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.” He has received honorary doctorates from 21 universities and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Kurzweil is the author of five best-selling books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Singularity is Near (2005) and How to Create a Mind (2012), as well as The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life (1993), The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999), Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever (2004, co-authored with Terry Grossman, M.D.), and Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever (2009, also co-authored with Dr. Grossman).
Kurzweil is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google.
“How appropriate that Ray Kurzweil would be joining RAADFest’s distinguished speaker roster in robotic telepresence form,” commented Bill Faloon, co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation, a sponsor of the event. “As one of the greatest futurists of all time, it’s only fitting that he would contribute to our event in such forward-looking fashion. He will join the greatest collection of speakers on the topics of life extension, age reversal and longevity-enhancing lifestyle that has yet been put together, in this or any other age.”
The full speaker roster, including Greg Fahy, Ph.D., Aubrey de Grey, Suzanne Somers, and many others, is available here.
Event Info At-A-Glance
|Dates:||Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7|
|500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, California 92108|
Conveniently-located near UC San Diego Medical Center
Social hashtag (please use it!): #RAADFest
Sponsorships are available, and provide a worthwhile opportunity to reach a highly-educated, affluent demographic with a strong interest in cutting-edge science, nutrition and lifestyle.
Exhibition space is also available. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact James Strole at (480)220-7182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Coalition for Radical Life Extension
The Coalition for Radical Life Extension is rallying like-minded people to come together to stand up for radical life extension and physical immortality. Powered by People Unlimited, the Coalition is a not-for-profit organization reaching out to groups and individuals who already have interest in radical life extension and physical immortality, in order to galvanize and focus our energy into a popular movement that is self-sustaining and expansive. This group of early adopting advocates, numbering in the thousands, is forming a platform for influencing a much broader audience, and ultimately the mainstream.