Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist and the director of engineering at Google. Recipient of the MIT-Lemelson Prize (the world’s largest for innovation), and inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame, he received the 1999 National Medal of Technology. has been described as ‘the restless genius’ by The Wall Street Journal, and ‘the ultimate thinking machine’ by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him 8th among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the ‘rightful heir to Thomas Edison,’ and PBS selected Ray as one of 16 ‘revolutionaries who made America,’ along with other inventors of the past two centuries. He is considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.