Are you a dumb-ass? Well, if you can stay alive until around 2030, computer-enhanced intelligence might be able to fix you.
Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, predicts that humans will have the ability to connect their brains directly to the cloud via nanobots by around 2030 and that this technology will allow us to fully upload our brains. He also believes that its only a matter of time before human thinking relies more on technology than biology.
“We’re going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves,” Kurzweil told CNN Money. “In my view, that’s the nature of being human - we transcend our limitations.”
That’s an interesting theory, but why should anyone listen to this guy? Probably because he has a solid track record of technological predictions.
In the ‘90s, he made 147 predictions for 2009. In 2010, he reviewed his predictions, 86% of which were correct. He gave himself a “B” grade.
His correct predictions included that people would primarily use portable computers in 2009, that cables would disappear and that computer displays would be built into eyeglasses.
However, not all of his predictions have been completely accurate.
He did admit on stage Wednesday that he thought we’d have self-driving cars by 2009.
“Now that’s not completely wrong,” he said. “If I had said 2015, I think it would’ve been correct, but they’re still not in mainstream use. So even the [predictions] that were wrong were directionally correct.”
So there you have it. It’s only a matter of time before we become the Borg. That said, with all of the Robot Apocalypse talk coming from Bill Gates and Elon Musk, maybe this is the best case scenario. If you can’t beat 'em, join 'em.
(Source: CNN Money)
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