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Google's Ray Kurzweil to Talk Innovation and Invention at 2013 Georgia Technology Summit

Inventor/ futurist set to share his insights on Innovation in an era of accelerating technologies

 ATLANTA (February 20th, 2013) - The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announced that world-renowned artificial intelligence expert, Ray Kurzweil, will give a keynote address on managing innovation at the 2013 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 20.

In his presentation to GTS attendees, Kurzweil will discuss the democratizing effects of technology, how to foster innovation in an organization, and how to bring inventions to market. His talk will draw upon his own history of innovation, which led to his induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, founded by the U.S. Patent Office in 2002.

"In the 21st century we won't experience one hundred years of progress-we will experience 20,000 years of progress at today's rate. The rate of change is now so rapid that even three to five year business plans need to consider that every level of an industry will undergo major changes during that period.  Traditional linear thinking will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation.   It is feasible, however, to precisely predict the capabilities of each form of information technology in future periods and to factor these projections into entrepreneurial plans" said Kurzweil. 

Kurzweil, who recently joined Google as its new director of engineering, is one of the world's leading inventors and thinkers. He was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, 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.

Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made America."

Kurzweil has written seven books, five of which have been national best sellers. His latest book, How to Create a Mind, and The Singularity is Near have both been New York Times Bestsellers. The movie, Transcendent Man, was made about his life and documented his global speaking tour. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and holds 19 honorary doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

"Ray Kurzweil is no stranger to the tech industry," said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG. "Ray addressed our audience back in 2006, and TAG is very proud that he could join us for this year's Summit."

GTS is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,000 C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia's technology community. In addition to presentations from some of the top technology influencers in the nation, 40 new companies will be named to TAG's Top 40 Innovative Companies and the newest member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia will be inducted.  

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