Raymond C Kurzweil

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Kurzweil, Raymond C.

(1948–  ) computer scientist, entrepreneur; born in New York City. He developed a print-to-speech reading machine for the blind (1976) and a computer music keyboard (1984). A pioneer in automated speech-recognition, he founded Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (1982), which introduced the Kurzweil Voicesystem (1985), technology to transfer speech directly to a computer. His VoiceMED technology for voice-controlled patient reporting (1986) has been widely used by physicians and hospitals.