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Ray Kurzweil – Rebecca Costa

Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil is an American author, inventor, futurist, and
director of engineering at Google. Kurzweil 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.
Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal
of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
holds twenty honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York
Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A
Mind (2012).

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