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Ray Kurzweil on Gorbachev

April 20, 2005 by  

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Ray Kurzweil, who I worked for in the early nineties (yes, a long time ago), was in town. I learn about his lunch with Mikhail Gorbachev in Boston last week. Apparently Gorbachev delivered the keynote at the Mass Software Council (MSC) meeting where he sits on the Board. Ray wrote up his notes and gave me permission to post them here. It’s an interesting read.
On April 12, 2005, Mikhail Gorbachev delivered the keynote address at the annual Spring meeting of the Massachusetts Software Council (MSC), of which I am a board member. He started with reminiscences of his days as the last leader of the Soviet Union. He recalled that his first impression of Ronald Reagan was that he was a “dinosaur,” and later heard that Reagan’s first impression of him was that Gorbachev was a “diehard Bolshevik.” A few days after these negative first impression, however, their relationship warmed, and this first Summit produced an arms control agreement expressing for the first time the idea that nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought. He referred to these early efforts as bridges that were built to overcome


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