Technological singularity will turn us into super humans some time in the next 12 years, according to a Google expert.
This might sound like science fiction, but Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has made 147 predictions since the 1990s and has a success rate of 86 per cent.
Kurzweil says when we live in a cybernetic society we will have computers in our brains and machines will be smarter than human beings.
He claims this is already happening with technology – especially with our addiction to our phones – and says the next step is to wire this technology into our brains.
Technological singularity will turn us into super humans some time in the next 12 years, according to a Google expert. Ray Kurzweil says future cyborg generations will be sexier, smarter and stronger
What Is Singularity
Technological singularity is the development of ‘superintelligence’ brought about through the use of technology.
The first use of the term ‘singularity’ refer to technological minds was by mathematician John von Neumann in the mid-1950s.
He said: ‘ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.’
The term was then used by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge who believes brain-computer interfaces are causes of the singularity.
Ray Kurzweil cited von Neumann’s use of the term in a foreword to von Neumann’s classic The Computer and the Brain.
Kurzweil predicts the singularity to occur some time in the next 12 years.
Kurzweil, an author who describes himself as a futurist and works on Google’s machine learning project, predicted that technological singularity would happen by 2029 at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas.
Singularity is when carbon and silicon-based intelligence will merge to form a single global consciousness.