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Q & A: Ray Kurzweil answers a 7th Grader’s Questions about living in Virtual Worlds

Dear Mr. Kurzweil,

I’m in seventh grade, taking a research class called Da Vinci. I have to produce a 10 page annotated paper. I will produce a multimedia presentation on my topic.

My topic is immortality through genetics, nanotechnology and robotics with a special emphasis on artificial intelligence, such as living in a virtual world as an avatar.

Our teacher encouraged us to reach out to experts. I was hoping that you could answer a few questions.

I have watched your documentary Transcendent Man, and I’m currently reading your book The Singularity Is Near.

I appreciate it,
Lucy

NOTE: This outstanding piece was published on the KurzweilAI site, so I will assume it’s fair use to link to it.

Read the article: http://www.kurzweilai.net/ask-ray-living-in-virtual-worlds-as-an-avatar

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I made my bones as an advertising copywriter. My TV, radio and print ads have amused millions of people and helped sell tons of cleaning products, coffee, macadamia nuts and other goodies. But I prefer that other kind of fiction: short stories and novels. My first published novel, Mindclone, is a near-future look at the amusing and serious consequences of brain-uploading. It’s garnered mostly five star reviews. The sequel is percolating in my brain even now. Stay tuned.

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