Google’s Kurzweil: World Will Survive AI Despite ‘Difficult Episodes’ Ahead

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Ray Kurzweil is the father of Technocracy and Transhumanism and heads up engineering at Google. The Technocrat mind never believes that its invention could or would ever fail. This is a fatal flaw in their social engineering schemes.  TN Editor

While Elon Musk and Bill Gates have debated the threat of artificial intelligence, and the risk of World War III, Google executive and futurist Ray Kurzweil said Friday that he’s optimistic the world will survive AI’s rise – though leaving open the possibility of some “difficult episodes.”

“World War II – 50 million people died, and that was certainly exacerbated by the power of technology at that time,” Kurzweil, a graduate of MIT known for his bold predictions on technology, said at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted in September that the race for superior AI technology will bring about World War III, which mirrored comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has said that whoever harnesses the greatest technology will “become the ruler of the world.” Microsoft co-founder Gates has disagreed with Musk, arguing that AI will make humans more productive and creative.

Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, expressed views on Friday that were in line with Gates, though he did warn against “existential risks” threatening the survival of civilization. He noted that civilization faced the same threats during nuclear weapons proliferation and again with the eve of biological warfare. The world is rapidly seeing the same kinds of advances with artificial intelligence, with autonomous weapons like drones.

“Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Fire kept us warm, cooked our food and burned down our houses,” Kurzweil said.

Unlike biological weapons such as anthrax, autonomous technology can be used to benefit the human race. For example, the delivery of medicine around the world, he said.

Kurzweil is well-known for his predictions in the 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, a series of nearly 150 predictions which he revisited in 2010 with an essay grading those predictions. Kurzweil concluded that about 78 percent of his predictions were “entirely correct.” His forecast included the rise of “portable computers,” or smartphones, cloud computing and self-driving cars. He also predicted technology like Google Glasses, the rise of wireless technology and the mass electronic distribution of books, music and movies.

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“World WarI & II – 50 million people died” according to Kurzwiel …who better get his data updated…how about tripling that guesstimate & then some for the total number of humans around the globe that were directly affected by the bloodbaths & mass starvation of 20th century alone…& counting.
…Thing is…if I had Ray’s mug & had to look at it every morning in the morning to shave …I’d want to *Transhumanize & leave my body too(LOL)

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“Unlike biological weapons such as anthrax, autonomous technology can be used to benefit the human race…the delivery of medicine around the world, he said.” GOD! I’m so sick to death of these creepy billionaires continually repeating the go-to propaganda message ad nauseum for the Normies to suck up. You just can’t let go of the “we want to deliver medical care to the peasants” propaganda, can you? RIGHT, Kurzweil. Your bottom line is a philanthropic vision of providing poor people around the world (everyone who is not you) express delivered pharmaceuticals. What a load of money grubbing BS. BUT WAIT!… Read more »