Washington Post Interview with Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Futurist Ray Kuzweil was recently interviewed by Vivek Wadha of the Washington Post. And I found the interview interesting because it highlights how the accelerated rate of technological change is going to change how we live and work at a much faster rate in this century than it did in the last century; and further that the fast paced technological change will transform the work force in two main ways: 1. By making life-long learning a necessity (gone will be the days when anyone can do the same job in the same way for decades) and 2. In the creative opportunities that will arise for people with a great idea, a hard-work ethic and determination (how the technology will have a democratizing effect allowing people to create more, different and better things with easily accessible technology like 3D printers).

The interview is titled Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce and may be accessed via the following link:

http://goo.gl/CkELE

And on a post script note for anyone who is interested in reading more on futuristic technology predictions – you might want to check out the book Physics of the Future by Micio Kaku.

And there are bunch of Ray Kuzweil video lectures on YouTube which are interesting as well.

New XBOX Reportedly Coming With Kinect 2.0, Blu-Ray & Kinect Glasses: CNET reports that XBOX World says Microsoft’s next XBOX – The XBOX 720 will come with Kinect 2.0 and Blu-ray capability. Kinect of course is the motion detector game controller for the XBOX that allows players to manipulate their characters and/or action within games by moving around in the physical world. And having a Blu-ray disc drive built into the XBOX would be great but I must admit I like the idea of the rumored XBOX Kinect Glasses that are also supposed to be coming and that when combined with the Kinect motion sensor are supposed to offer the game player an immersive gaming experience – that sounds good to me! We’ll have to wait and see if the speculation pans out – the next XBOX is rumored to be coming out in the first half of 2013.

Here’s a link to the CNET report titled Xbox 720 to offer Kinect 2.0 and Blu-ray drive, says Xbox World:

http://goo.gl/0u21k

And a link to the very brief CNET article, titled ‘Kinect Glasses’ coming from Microsoft? that relays the rumor about the Kinect Glasses:

http://goo.gl/VR68H

Have a great day!

Linda R.

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