JavaOne Appearances: Ray Kurzweil and Apolo Ohno
By Tori Wieldt-Oracle on Sep 12, 2010
Special Keynote: Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading inventors and futurists of our time, will be giving a special Keynote at Thursday morning's Java Frontier Keynote. Don't miss it!
Ray Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," and PBS included Ray as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America," along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
As one of the leading inventors of our time, Ray was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray's web site KurzweilAI.net has over one million readers.
Ray will share his latest ideas about the future of technology. Come stretch your mind and be inspired by the projects your colleagues are undertaking at the farthest reaches of the Java frontier.
Fast and Cool: Apolo Ohno
Also Apolo Ohno, the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time, will appear at JavaOne! Apolo will come to party with us at OTN night (Monday night, Yerba Buena Gardens).
Apolo is an athlete (eight-time medalist [two gold, two silver, four bronze]), dancer (he won Dancing with the Stars with Julianne Hough in 2007), and all around good guy. He knows about being fast and keeping his cool when others around him lose theirs.
Keep an eye for Apolo at the OTN party. He may even give you some pointers on training and endurance (which you will need for JavaOne).