Futurist Ray Kurzweil: AI-human merger only 12 yrs away

By Edward Szall

Google's Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil believes a technological singularity will turn some people into super humans by 2029

(VERO BEACH, FLA) During an interview on March 13th at the 2017 SXSW tech conference self described futurist Ray Kurzweil said he believes a singularity, where carbon and silicon-based intelligence will merge to form a single global consciousness, will occur in the next 12 years.

Kurzweil said this singularity would create a cybernetic society including humans with computers in their brains and machines smarter than their creators.

"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 continued. “It's here, in part, and it's going to accelerate.”

Kurzweil said that machines are already enhancing humans and by connecting chips to the neocortex in our brains this effect will exponentially increase.

“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,” Kurzweil said. “We're going to really exemplify all the attributes we value in humans to a greater degree.”

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Kurzweil, who has long been active in the tech sector and is the author to eight books on the subject of trans-humanism including, The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999); The Singularity is Near (2005); and Visions of the Future (2015), has previously made147 predictions with 86 percent of them coming true.

In the same realm of techno-philosophy, the US National Science Foundation predicted in the early 2000s that ‘network-enhanced telepathy’ — the process of sending thoughts over the internet – would be practical and implementable by the 2020s.

The term singularity was first used in the 1950s by a Manhattan-project mathematician named John von Neumann. 

“Ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue,” Von Neumann wrote.

Kurzweil cited von Neumann's term in a foreword to von Neumann's classic “The Computer and the Brain.” Neumann was also part of the inspiration for the maniacal former Nazi scientist depicted in Stanley Kubricks 1964 dark-humored apocalyptic film, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

In 2015, Alt-media commentator and author Mark Dice, who has accumulated over 315 million views on his YouTube videos, said “Transhumanists are dangerous psychopaths.”

Dice was referencing a 2014 quote from a self affirming Transhumanist named Richard Seed, who previously won a IG peace prize in 1998 for his work in economics and gained global notoriety on December 5, 1997 when he announced that he planned to clone a human being before any federal laws could be enacted to ban the process.

“We are going to become Gods, period,” Seed said.  “If you don’t like it, get off. You don’t have to contribute, you don’t have to participate, but if you are going to interfere with me becoming a God, you’re going to have trouble. There’ll be warfare."

At the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, TRUNEWS host Rick Wiles was told by keynote speakers that the integration of computers into human beings is a goal being pursed by the same architects behind the implementation of an Artificially Intelligent (AI) ubiquitously connected Global Brain.

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Email: Edward.Szall@trunews.com | Twitter: @realEdwardSzall 
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