Key points from article :
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.