Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the U.S., calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,”.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer 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 Ray’s many honors, he is the recipient of the MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office. He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates. Ray has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers.

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