|The Present Of The Future: Featuring Ray Kurzweil, Futurist|
|Ray Kurzweil was fascinated by sci-fi in his childhood, and that's one reason we're talking about him. He invented many things, including OCR systems, a text-to-speech synthesizer, the CCD flatbed scanner, and more. Even so, he's now primarily known as a futurist-and here's some of what he says and what people think. (In 2005, Gate$ called Kurzweil "the best at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.")
Kurzweil subscribes to the "Technological Singularity." This is the (supposed) creation of entities smarter than humans, which will accelerate technological progress beyond the capability of humans to participate in the progress. Think runaway bots doing stuff you can't understand. There are several criticisms we cannot go into, but think of it as a hyper-extension of Moore's Law.
Nanobots (which we've spoken about more than once in Digit) have the potential to help solve problems such as climatic change. They could also extent human lifespan significantly-even to the extent of immortality.
(Another Herbert Simon?) Kurzweil says computers will become smarter than humans (crudely put) in 25 years from now.
Elements of what you saw in The Matrix could very well come true in your lifetime.
Head to www. KurzweilAI.com for the complete picture. Such are the predictions of today: hedge your bets with confidence, because it'll happen (or it won't) in this life of yours.