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3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

03-Jun-2016

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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.

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DeepMind

Company developing AI systems for solving problems.

Elon Musk

Technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer

Ray Kurzweil

Author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist

Rethink Robotics

Manufacturer of smart, collaborative robots for manufacturing, research and education.

The Singularity Is Near

Amazon

Examines the next step in the evolutionary process of the union of human and machine