Why Famous: Called a "restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, Kurzweil has been involved with numerous inventions in the field of optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, electronic instruments and speech recognition technology.
In addition to this he has authored numerous books on AI, transhumanism and futurism.
In 2002 Kurzweil was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame.
- 1976-01-13 American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system
- 1992-01-30 Inventor Ray Kurzweil publishes his first book "The Age of Intelligent Machines" on artificial intelligence, predicting the popularity of the internet