The singularity is defined by Ray Kurzweil as the time when technology is advancing so fast that humankind can no longer keep track of it. That is to say, the birth of a super-intelligent artificial intelligence.
It is considered an unavoidable consequence of the exponential growth in technology which by 2029 will see $1,000 of computing power being a thousand times more powerful than the human brain in the near future.
3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near – Forbes – 3-Jun-2016
Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in 2006 – as technology accelerates at an exponential rate, progress would eventually become virtually instantaneous — a singularity.
Predicted that computers would merge with other technologies, namely genomics, nanotechnology and robotics.
Reason #1: We’re Going Beyond Moore’s Law
– shrinking transistors is getting harder but the next technologies are on their way
Reason #2: Robots Are Doing Human Jobs
– new robots can work safely around humans and can learn new tasks in minutes
Reason #3: We’re Editing Genes
– new tools allow cheap and easy gene editing opening up avenues to render viruses inactive and create disease resistant crops
Technologies that are hundreds of times more powerful than what we have today will open up completely new possibilities as well as dangers.
We’ll Live Forever and we’ll Become Cyborgs – IEET – 10-May-2016
Translation of recent interview of David Orban by Italian Magazine Panorama.
Cybord David has a chip implant allows him to make payments, pick up cars and go through subway turnstiles.
Human parabola will be rewritten: “you are born, you no longer work, and you live forever.”
We’ll be able to transfer our “self” to a memory, and go on living in a new bionic body.
The very concept of humanity will have to be re-thought out.
Exponential acceleration has begun. And it can’t be stopped.
David Orban is former Chairman of Humanity+, and is currently an advisor to Singularity and also Founder and Trustee of Network Society Research, a London-based think tank.
The Dawn of the Singularity (Infographic) – Futurism – 5-Oct-2015
A glimpse into the future with Ray Kurzweil. He has an 86% hit rate to pay attention!
By 2029 $1,000 will buy a computer 1000x more powerful than a human brain. Try to imagine what that means for science, technology and humankind.