Ray Kurzweil (born February 12, 1948) is an American author, inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism.
Many of his predictions can be considered classically techno-optimistic.
He blogs at Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence