The Singularity - Is It Just The Beginning Or The End?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. pspr


    The Mayans might have predicted that the end of the world is only a month away from now, but Ray Kurzweil would say the end of the world as we know it will come sometime in the middle of the 2040's.

    At that time, Kurzweil believes technology and artificial intelligence (or accelerated intelligence as he would call it) will be so advanced that humans will augment their own minds and organs with computers that exceed their own natural intelligence.

    If you haven’t heard yet of Kurzweil and his ideas, the crux is that at some point in the not so distant future humanity will make a technology-evolutionary jump, which he calls “the singularity.” Believing such an event could happen feeds on itself creating an atmosphere that moves the necessary technological advances in genetics, robotics and other fields forward to a point where computers will exceed human intelligence and the only logical next step would be for us to use them to improve ourselves.

    Here is a very brief snapshot of how Kurzweil describes the singularity on his website:

    Within a quarter century, nonbiological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. It will then soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge. Intelligent nanorobots will be deeply integrated in our bodies, our brains, and our environment, overcoming pollution and poverty, providing vastly extended longevity, full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses (like “The Matrix”), “experience beaming” (like “Being John Malkovich”), and vastly enhanced human intelligence. The result will be an intimate merger between the technology-creating species and the technological evolutionary process it spawned.
    Based on Kurzweil’s law, he has created predictions of where technology will be in the near future. Here are just a few predictions that he gave at a recent conference (via Business Insider):

    •Our brains will extend to the cloud, which will allow us to learn new things at any age.

    •We will be able to selectively erase pieces of our memory.

    •We’ll be in augmented reality at all times.

    •By 2029, machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans, and they’ll be able to make us laugh and cry.

    •Around the 2030's, tiny “nanobots” able to repair and preserve our organs will keep us healthier and smarter.

    •3D printing will be even more common than it is today, with public 3D printing stations for people to print out clothes, toys, and anything else.

    •Within 25 years, computers will be the size of a blood cell and we’ll be able to connect it to the brain without the need for surgery.

    •Society will reach a state of “technological singularity” in 2045 where technology enables superhuman machine intelligences to emerge and people and machines become deeply integrated.
  2. Ricter


    You may want to stay out of the prediction business for a while. Give us time to forget your election year posts.
  3. Max E.

    Max E.

  4. umm nope don't think so.
  5. Ricter


    Still crying about that, conturd?

    : D
  6. pspr


    Nope to what? No nanobots, no super human computers or no integration with the human mind?
  7. I predict that with all that tech there will still be people getting smoked in the markets.
  8. Lucrum


    A devout communist with absolutely no interest in trading. Spends his spare time on a trading web site. Preaching the virtues of communism, arguing with and insulting traders. Most of whom he has on ignore.

  9. Everything except 3d printing for say clothing, & perhaps other items of near universal material.
  10. Max E.

    Max E.

    Nah, mostly i enjoy pointing out your hypocrisy, kind of reminds me of Mr. Bill who makes homophobic slurs, then complains about name calling but only from right wingers....
    #10     Nov 21, 2012