Ray's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boston, MA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

RAY KURZWEIL

Inventor
Kurzweil Technologies

“Regardless of whether today went well or not, it's a whole new world tomorrow.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Opportunity Experience Failure Goals Risk Passion Determination Struggle Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

accomplished, blind, change, college, creating, degrees, diabetes, engineering, excitement, health, information, knowledge, lifestyle, positive impact, puppet show, reading machine, technology, tools, tragedy, well educated

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was seven years old, he developed his own "alternate reality" in the form of a puppet theater.
  • He realized that there was a "magic" to putting things together in exactly the right way.
  • From then on, he always knew that he wanted to invent things, to be able to take control of problems and solve them.
  • When he was a sophomore in college, he developed his first company-software that matched high school students to colleges.
  • He then invented the first blind reader, which allows people with vision impairments to take pictures of text, then have that text read out loud.
  • His favorite part of invention is the gratification; blind people write to him and tell him that they were only able to go to school because of his work.
  • Says that you don't need to find a specific vocation that you're good at, you just need to take things on one project at a time.
  • If you jump from interest to interest, focusing on one thing at a time, you'll eventually be able to look back at the connected dots and say, "there's my career."

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