Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Singularity is near? :: James D. Miller - TCS

The singularity is a future period in which technological progress becomes so rapid that it radically transforms humankind. To picture the singularity imagine computers trillions of times smarter than Newton, Einstein and Edison inventing new technologies while continually enhancing their own abilities. Ray Kurzweil argues that the Singularity will occur around 2045.
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Kurzweil thinks that within 10 to 20 years biotechnologists will learn how to greatly slow down aging and eliminate most diseases. In the 2030s, Kurzweil writes, nanotechnology will "finish the job", allowing for the redesign of the human body into an almost immortal form.
Am I supposed to be looking forward to this?

Tyler Cowen says "It is no longer intellectually acceptable not to know his [Kurzweil's] major arguments." Okay, now I do.


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