Consider it a speech from the future.
Ray Kurzweil, Google's director of engineering and renowned inventor, author and futurist, will be the keynote speaker at SAE International's World Congress in Detroit.
Honda Motor Co., the host sponsor of the three-day event, tapped Kurzweil, 67, to address the opening ceremony on the morning of Tuesday, April 21.
"As one of the world's leading thinkers and futurists, he's right in line with what the industry needs to hear," said Jim Keller, a chief engineer for Honda R&D Americas Inc. and an SAE board member. "He's someone from the outside that can talk about what could be, what might be and really stimulate the engineers' minds."
Kurzweil, with Google since 2012, has a lengthy resume as an inventor and author. In the 1970s and '80s, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad developed a reading machine for the blind, an advanced music synthesizer and the flatbed scanner.
Kurzweil then turned his attention to artificial intelligence and the merging of man and machine.
He has written seven books outlining his predictions. Several of the books have been on The New York Times bestseller lists. Kurzweil's first book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, was published in 1990 and accurately predicted the eventual ubiquity of the Internet and globally connected smartphones.
"Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence," Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, once wrote.
Among Kurzweil's many bold predictions is that artificial intelligence will overtake human intelligence in the first half of the 21st century.
In his speech Tuesday, Kurzweil is expected to discuss how the accelerating pace of technology will affect business models, mobility and energy consumption.
In addition to Kurzweil, the congress will host three other featured speakers: Tahmid Mizan, a senior technology adviser for ExxonMobil; Helmut Matschi, head of interiors at Continental AG; and Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas.
Organizers of the SAE World Congress expect the conference to draw more than 11,000 attendees from more than 40 countries who will participate in 1,500 technical presentations and panel discussions.
It runs from Tuesday morning through Thursday evening at Cobo Center.