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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2000
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Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and Author, to Keynote SIGGRAPH 2000
Ray Kurzweil, renowned inventor and best selling author, is the SIGGRAPH 2000 keynote speaker. His address, titled "The Human-Machine Merger: Why We Will Spend Most of our Time in Virtual Reality in the 21st Century," will be presented on Wednesday, 26 July in New Orleans.
SIGGRAPH 2000 will be held 23 - 28 July 2000 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Over 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents will gather to showcase the best of the international community. A comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities focusing on research, art, animation, and interactive technologies are planned.
"Ray Kurzweil's pioneering and innovative achievements in artificial intelligence combined with his social conscience make him perfect for the SIGGRAPH 2000 keynote," said Jackie White, SIGGRAPH 2000 Conference Chair. "His vision of the future and his work with intelligent machines is of great interest to our technical community."
Kurweil's technology firsts include:
1994 First Speech Recognition Dictation System for Windows
1987 First Commercially Marketed Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition Technology
1984 First Computer Music Keyboard with Acoustic Sounds
1976 First Omni-Font Optical Character Recognition
1976 First Print-to-Speech Reading Machine for the Blind
1975 First CCD Flatbed Scanner
1975 First Text-to-Speech Speech Synthesis
1967 First Computer-Based Expert System for College Selection
1964 First Computerized Four-Way Analysis of Variance
Currently founder, chairman, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc., Kurzweil is also an accomplished author. He most recent book, "The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence" (Penguin, 2000), extends his prophetic blueprint for the future relationship between computers and humans.
Kurzweil has received scores of national and international awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Technology from President Clinton, the nation's highest honor in technology. Other awards include the 1994 Dickson Prize (Carnegie Mellon University's top science prize), Engineer of the Year from Design News, the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, Inventor of the Year by MIT, and nine honorary doctorates.
Immediately preceding the keynote, SIGGRAPH will present two awards: the Computer Graphics Achievement Award and the SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award.
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