Chairman and CEO,
Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flatbed scanner, 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. He founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, medical simulation, and cybernetic art.
Mr. Kurzweil was inducted into the U.S. Patent Office's National Inventors Hall of Fame in September 2002. He won $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2001, and received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. He has received scores of other national and international awards, including the 1994 Dickson Prize (Carnegie Mellon University's top science prize), Engineer of the Year from Design News, Inventor of the Year from MIT, and the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. He has received seven national and international film awards.
Mr. Kurzweil has a B.S. in Computer Science and Literature from MIT, and has received eleven honorary doctorates as well as honors from three U.S. presidents. He is the author of two books, The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, which has been published in nine languages.