DailyDose: Futurist Ray Kurzweil to join Google as Director of Engineering

Futuruist Ray Kurzweil is joining Google

Ray Kurzweil confirmed today that he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. “I’m excited to share that I’ll be joining Google as Director of Engineering this Monday, December 17,” said Kurzweil. “I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions. I’ve always worked to create practical systems that will make a difference in people’s lives, which is what excites me as an inventor. [Source]

Ray Kurzweil

AngelList raising $150 million

AngelList, a service that matches early stage startups with investors, is raising a big round of financing at a valuation that multiple sources say will top $150 million. Investors may include Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, among others, say our sources. This will be the company’s first outside financing. [Source]

Microsoft, Motorola file to keep patent case details private

Microsoft Corp and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit have requested a federal judge in Seattle to keep secret from the public various details from their recent trial concerning the value of technology patents and the two companies’ attempts at a settlement. [Source]

Khosla Ventures Hires Condoleezza Rice as Adviser

Khosla Ventures, the investment firm led by Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder Vinod Khosla, hired former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s advisory firm to work with its portfolio companies. Rice, who is now a professor at Stanford University, is being tapped to help Khosla Ventures’ startups deal with political and regulatory risks as they expand overseas, the Menlo Park, California-based firm said today in a statement. Her partners at RiceHadleyGates LLC include former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. [Source]