Ray Kurzweil, the inventor who popularized the technological singularity and became Google’s director of engineering, died Monday afternoon at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters during a demonstration of an experimental 4D interactive search tool that is part of the company’s acclaimed “Moonshots” program.
The accident occurred in the Google holodeck, where Kurzweil became disoriented, tripped and bumped his head into space-time. “It was tragic, but even in corporeal death Ray was teaching us the critical differences between Euclidean space and Minkowski space-time,” said Larry Page, Google co-founder and chief executive officer. One source, who requested anonymity, said that Kurzweil hoped to apply the 4D search capabilities on a pet project code-named “Infinite Orgasm.”
“Our atheistic prayers are with the Kurzweil family in their time of grief,” said Page.
Services are pending the recovery of Kurzweil’s body. Kurzweil’s brain was uploaded to Google servers late last year so the company expects no drop-off in his productivity. Google stock closed at $1,900,553 per share, unchanged from yesterday.
Kurzweil photo credit: “Untitled” by null0, licensed under CC 2.0