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Ray Kurzweil to be Keynote Speaker at GSS06

Wyndham Orlando Resort on January 17-18 (November 30, 2005)

The Interactive Entertainment Institute, LLC (IEI) is proud to announce that Ray Kurzweil is the plenary keynote speaker for the G.A.M.E.S. Synergy Summit 2006 (GSS06) held at the beautiful Wyndham Orlando Resort on January 17-18. Ray Kurzweil, called "the Restless Genius" by the Wall Street Journal and dubbed "the Ultimate Thinking Machine" by Forbes Magazine, is the renowned inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist.

Widely regarded as one of the leading inventors of our time, TIME Magazine writes, "Kurzweil's eclectic career and propensity of combining science with practical - often humanitarian - applications have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison." Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition (OCR), the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, 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.

His national best-selling novel, The Age of Spiritual Machines, has received worldwide acclaim and reached #1 status on in the categories of both Science and Artificial Intelligence. His latest book, The Singularity is Near, already in its fourth printing, takes convergence to the next level where man, machine and computer merge.

Ray Kurzweil received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the nation's largest award in invention and innovation, and was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventor Hall of Fame. He received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. Dr. Kurzweil has received scores of other national and international awards, including the 1994 Dickson Prize (Carnegie Mellon University's top science prize), Engineer of the Year from Design News, Inventor of the Year from MIT, and the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. In addition, he has received twelve honorary doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents, as well as seven national and international film awards.

An acronym for Government, Academic, Military, Entertainment and Simulation, the G.A.M.E.S. Synergy Summit is the premier conference addressing the convergence of interactive gaming, immersive entertainment and simulation tools, techniques and technologies for beneficial applications. Developers, practitioners, users and policy makers from each of these synergistic sectors learn together how the best attributes of each discipline can be combined in new and useful ways to address a broad range of non-entertainment applications for game-based technologies.

More information on G.A.M.E.S. Synergy Summit 2006 available at

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