Inventor Ray Kurzweil to speak on assistive technology

October 22, 2008

Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil, often called "the Bill Gates of assistive technology," will present "Technology Empowers People With Disabilities: Today and Tomorrow" via videoconference from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in 508 Rider Building II, University Park. The room is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and seats 80 people. The Penn State community at all campuses will have access to the event. To find the video conferencing room for a particular campus, visit online.

Kurzweil has authored and co-authored many books, including "The Age of Spiritual Machines," "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology" and "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever." He also is the inventor of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, designed for individuals with visual, learning or reading disabilities by reading scanned or electronic text aloud using human sounding synthetic speech. Penn State's Libraries Services for Persons with Disabilities (LSPD) is equipped with a modern version of the reader, the Kurzweil 3000, which allows users to see the printed material on the screen and hear the text.

LSPD, Penn State's Office for Disability Services and the Teaching and Learning with Technology unit of Information Technology Services are sponsoring the event. For information, contact Susan Hayya at (814) 865-0284 or The LSPD Web site is at online.

  • Ray Kurzweil, the Bill Gates of assistive technology

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