The Future of Yesterday’s Past

Artificial intelligence breakthroughs are closer than you think. Agosto’s CEO, Irfan Khan, met someone who is not only sure of this, he’s working on the next breakthrough as you read this.

Khan met one of his heroes, Ray Kurzweil, at Google I/O last month in San Francisco. Inspired by technology pioneers at Google including Kurzweil, Khan shared how exciting it is to be able to work so closely with a company that boasts the greatest innovative minds of our time.

Kurzweil, a tech pioneer, is an acclaimed inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist. He spoke at I/O about his new book, How to Create a Mind - The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. It includes behind the scenes views of Google’s artificial intelligence division, predicted technology breakthroughs, and the future of AI.

Labeled by Inc. Magazine as the rightful heir to Thomas Edison, Kurzweil has been the principal inventor of things like the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments; the first text-to-speech synthesizer; and the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind.

A few years back, Kurzweil took Moore’s Law (the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years) a few steps further. His Law of Accelerating Returns has been the basis for near prophetic claims about when certain technological breakthroughs will occur. Kurzweil’s law states that evolutionary systems tend to increase exponentially. With it, he predicted the demise of the Soviet Union due to cell phones and fax machines being widely released, making it difficult for the government to control information flow.

In his new book, Kurzweil provides theories based on his and others’ neuroscience research, and the evolutions and inventions in AI. He is reverse-engineering the human brain to understand exactly how it works, and is using his knowledge to create AI even more intelligent than humans, which will allow us to better address our planet’s biggest challenges.

Khan was honored to have met Kurzweil, and is excited about leading Agosto forward in our partnership with Google and in our own software development evolution. For more information about Ray Kurzweil, or to purchase his book, visit

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