Ray Kurzweil—inventor, author, futurist, and entrepreneur—is recipient of the National Medal of Technology, America's highest technology honor. Co-founder of Kurzweil Educational Systems, he recently described how key developments in science and technology will affect society, alter education and other fields, and benefit all persons, especially those with disabilities. Kurzweil spoke on March 19 at the CSUN 18th Annual Conference on "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," California State University Northridge. This article is based on that address, entitled "The End of Handicaps."—the Editors

I've been involved in inventing since I was five, and I quickly realized that for

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