According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we are headed for change. And this adjustment isn’t like a new haircut or a career shift; this change is big.
Kurzweil, the author of “The Singularity is Near,” calculates that by 2045, “we will have increased the intelligence of the human machine civilization by a billion fold compared to today.” Basically, we are headed for some very smart robots. Robots with intelligence far beyond the beeps of R2D2 or even the quick wit of Rosie, the Jetson’s robot maid. In fact, Kurzweil says that the change in intelligence will be such a profound singular change that he uses the term “Singularity” to describe it.
Such smart machines may evoke images of artificial intelligence, but Kurzweil is wary of that term. “Artificial Intelligence implies that it’s not real intelligence, but it is real intelligence, and ultimately, will fully match and exceed human intelligence” he says.
When that happens, Kurzweil told host Ramona Pringle that he forsees man becoming one with machines.
“First we fashioned a stick so we could reach a higher branch and we’ve extended our mental reach with our tools today and we’re going to make, ultimately merge with these machines,” Kurzweil says.
And if society is headed towards a future where intelligence is shared by real people and robots, then this is an interview that everyone, not just those tech junkies and sci-fi fanatics , needs to see.
“They say that war is too important to leave to the generals and I think that technology is too important to leave to the technologists – because it’s going to change every facet of human life,” he says.
Are we ready for the future? Is this robot evolution? Listen to Kurzweil answer these questions and more in his interview “The Singularity is Near”:
By: Ishani Nath (@ishaninath)