Ray Kurzweil, who is apparently some guy who should be taken seriously,
|I assume the true nature of his power lies in those cat book ends.|
According to wikipedia- A technological singularity is a hypothetical event occurring when technological progress becomes so rapid that it makes the future after the singularity qualitatively different and harder to predict.
In terms we can all relate to this is when the computers take over. Yes, you're not mistaken that their are a slew of movies, very very popular movies, all based on this notion and that this guy actually gets paid. I assume he sits around rewriting terminator movies with less Arnold, because time travel is illogical.
But this isn't about crazy old men scaring cat ladies this is about the battle between science and religion. We are currently coming to a point where the morality of scientific progress is in question, in fact with stem cells we have been their for awhile, but with synthetic technologies taking over our bodies, the question of morality becomes magnified. The obvious problem with all of this is that if we are able to sustain life infinitely, then we can be assured that overpopulation with sky rocket and humanity will deplete the earth of any and all remaining resources. If we become some sort of nano-bot-pseudo-human then what will differentiate us from the machines?
All in all my personal belief is that 2050 will not make the year in which technology surpasses human intelligence. In fact I doubt that day will ever come, just like we are all still waiting for the flying car
|to become common place.|
P.S. why is Google the best spell checker?