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Kenneth Earl "Ken" Wilber II (born January 31, 1949, in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma ) is an American writer and public speaker. He has written and lectured about mysticism , philosophy , ecology , and developmental psychology . His work formulates what he calls Integral Theory . [ 1 ] In 1998 he founded the Integral Institute . [ 2 ] [ edit ] Biography Wilber was born in 1949 in Oklahoma City.
Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil ( / ˈ k ɜr z w aɪ l / KURZ -wyl ; born February 12, 1948) is an American author, inventor, futurist , and director of engineering at Google . Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis , speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism , the technological singularity , and futurism . Kurzweil is generally recognized as a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, due to his stances on life extension technologies, his efforts to forecast future advances in technology, and his interest in the concept of the technological singularity .
Alvin Toffler (born October 4, 1928) is an American writer and futurist , known for his works discussing the digital revolution , communication revolution , corporate revolution and technological singularity . A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact (through effects like information overload ). Then he moved to examining the reaction of and changes in society . His later focus has been on the increasing power of 21st century military hardware, weapons and technology proliferation, and capitalism .