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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ray Kurzweil at Google

Some of Ray's (author of The Singularity) outtakes - (check out the video below);

* Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029

* Tiny robots will be implanted in people's brains to make them more intelligent

* We will have both the hardware and the software to achieve human level artificial intelligence with the broad suppleness of human intelligence including our emotional intelligence by 2029

* Humans and machines will eventually merge, by means of devices embedded in people's bodies to keep them healthy and improve their intelligence

* We'll have intelligent nanobots go into our brains through the capillaries and interact directly with our biological neurons

* The nanobots will make us smarter, remember things better and automatically go into full emergent virtual reality environments through the nervous system

The last one above worries me a little; imagine personalized advertising being rendered within your body based upon present bio-chemical composition or state of mind? And we all thought climate aware ads were cool?! This will be when every human body becomes a physical node "on the network" and we can be anywhere, everywhere, and know everything...instantly - as George Gilder said in Telecosm; the only beings documented doing this are angels :)

Ray is also a member of a team of influential thinkers (Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Craig Venter included) assembled by the US National Academy of Engineering to identify the great technological challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Here are the 14 they all agreed are of the greatest importance;

Make solar energy affordable
Provide energy from fusion
Develop carbon sequestration
Manage the nitrogen cycle
Provide access to clean water
Reverse engineer the brain
Prevent nuclear terror
Secure cyberspace
Enhance virtual reality
Improve urban infrastructure
Advance health informatics
Engineer better medicines
Advance personalised learning
Explore natural frontiers

Conspiracy FYI:
Sergey's wife heads up 23andme whose official mission is "to be the world's trusted source of personal genetic information" - in other words; making your entire DNA helix and genes " information universally accessible and useful" - hmmm! :-)

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