12. März 2014

Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think

Filed under: Presse — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 13:58

I HAVE spent a lot of the past week checking out Ray Kurzweil’s world after reading Carole Cadwalladr’s interview with him in The Observer. It is a pretty eye-opening experience. Google’s new director of engineering estimates that computers will gain ‘consciousness’ by 2029 – i.e. when the machines have learned to make their own decisions.

Kurzweil is one of the poster boys of Singularity, defined by Wikipedia as the „moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence”. Associated with this are the concepts of Human 2.0 or Transhumanism, which are when humans begin to augment or replace parts of themselves with robots or computers.

Kurzweil has a great deal to say about a future in which we have reverse-engineered the brain – i.e. figured out what every bit of our grey matter does, how and why. According to Kurzweil,

„By 2030, reverse-engineering of the human brain will have been completed and non-biological intelligence will merge with our biological brains.” (He wrote this in 2003 by the way.)

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12. Januar 2011

The Coming Singularity -SciFi or Reality?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 11:38

„It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event — such a singularity — are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm.“

Vernor Vinge -SciFi great

The Singularity is an apocalyptic idea originally proposed by John von Neumann, one of the inventors of digital computation, and elucidated by figures such as Ray Kurzweil and scifi great Vernor Vinge.

„The Singularity“ is seen by some as the end point of our current culture, when the ever-accelerating evolution of technology finally overtakes us and changes everything.  It’s been represented as everything from the end of all life to the beginning of a utopian age, which you might recognize as the endgames of most other religious beliefs.

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16. Oktober 2009

Ray Kurzweil: How technology’s accelerating power will transform us

Filed under: Video — Schlagwörter: , — berndvo @ 08:41

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