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Futurist, inventor Ray Kurzweil to keynote at eMerge Americas

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Ray Kurzweil, futurist, inventor and author.
Ray Kurzweil, futurist, inventor and author.

Ray Kurzweil, a world renowned inventor, futurist and author of five bestsellers, will be a keynote speaker at the eMerge Americas technology conference next month.

Kurzweil, currently director of engineering at Google charged with leading artificial intelligence development, was the principal inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of creating the grand piano and other instruments, and the first CCD flat-bed scanner. Kurzweil, also co-founder and chancellor of Singularity University, won the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize and the National Medal of Technology, received 20 honorary degrees and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“Kurzweil is a true visionary and pioneer whose remarkable experience is sure to inspire and enlighten our attendees, giving them a glimpse into the future, said eMerge Americas CEO Xavier Gonzalez. He will speak on April 19.

Kurzweil joins other keynote speakers including Gen. Colin. L. Powell, Monica Lewinsky, skateboard entrepreneur Tony Hawk and AOL founder Steve Case at the third annual technology conference April 18-19 at Miami Beach Convention Center. eMerge Americas also announced that Claudio Muruzabal, president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, Jeremy Kroll, CEO of K2Intelligence, and Dr. Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami, will also speak at eMerge Americas. Learn more at emergeamericas.org.

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