Futurist Ray Kurzweil is second Distinguished Speaker for 2010-11

University Park, Pa – Ray Kurzweil, award-winning inventor, futurist and national best-selling author of “The Age of Spiritual Machines” and “The Singulairity is Near,” is the second speaker in Penn State’s 2010-11 Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series. Kurzweil will speak at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Kurzweil, described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, was ranked No. 8 among entrepreneurs in the United States by Forbes. Inc. magazine. PBS named him as one of “16 Revolutionaries Who Made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.

Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition system, 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 system. He is the recipient of the world's largest honor for innovation, the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize. In 1999, President Clinton recognized his work with the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He has received 20 honorary doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Kurzweil has written six books, four of which have been national best-sellers. “The Age of Spiritual Machines” has been translated into nine languages and was the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. His latest book, “The Singularity is Near,” was a New York Times best-seller, and has been the No. 1 book on Amazon.com in both science and philosophy.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets are available now.

Distinguished Speaker Series tickets are available at the following locations and times:

Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit http://www.spa.psu.edu/dss.html online.

Last Updated April 18, 2017