According to Ray Kurzweil, who is Google’s Director of Engineering, technological singularity will turn some individuals into super-humans by the year 20209, the Daily Mail reports.
Kurzweil has allegedly made 147 predictions since the 1990s and has a success rate of eighty-six percent. He claims humans living in a cybernetic society will have computers in their brains and machines will be smarter than humans.
The author and expert who describes himself as a futurist and currently works on Google’s machine learning project predicted that technological singularity would happen by 2029 at the South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, the Daily Mail reports.
“By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said. “That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are. “
“Today, that’s not just a future scenario,” Kurzweil said. “It’s here, in part, and it’s going to accelerate.”
“We’re going to get more neocortex, we’re going to be funnier, we’re going to be better at music. We’re going to be sexier,” he said. “We’re really going to exemplify all the things that we value in humans to a greater degree.”
Last Month CNBC reported, Space X founder and Billionaire Elon Musk suggested humans would need to merge with artificial intelligence, becoming some sort of cyborg, or risk becoming irrelevant as advances in AI technology grows more prominent.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”
Musk explained that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second,” while humans can only do about 10 bits per second. He suggests that in a time when artificial intelligence becomes more commonplace, humans would be rendered irrelevant unless they merged with machines.
“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk said.
According to article’s published by Computer World and Inverse, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an agency of the Department of Defense, is currently working on implanted chips as powerful as laptops to receive neural data and transmit device-controlling signals.
“There are a couple of very interesting things happening as we speak facilitating humans and machines working together in a very different way,” said Justin Sanchez, director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA.
“I think the recent science and technology developments we’re making at DARPA, as well as the embracing of physiology and A.I., is enabling us to set up the conditions for profound changes on how humans and machines can work together,” said Sanchez. “We are giving our physiology the opportunity to work with machines in a different way.”
“That’s where this merging of humans and machines is heading,” said Sanchez. “Having the environment, the thermostat, change as the function of our physiology – that’s near term.”
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)