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Dec 22, 2008

As the power of technology continues to grow, humans will soon become one with computers.

By Matthew Schaeffer

Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil sat down for a video interview with FLYP Media recently, and you can watch his responses to our questions here. Kurzweil offers up some insight into his idea of the "singularity," artificial intelligence, genetics and robotics.

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, an author, a computer programmer and a thinker. But most of all, he is an imaginer—someone who looks at what is and sees what it will be.
Kurzweil inhabits a world where machines are growing ever more powerful, and exponentially so. Indeed, that is one of the key concepts he believes will propel the world of the future. “If I take 30 steps linearly—one, two, three, four, five—I get to 30. But if I take 30 steps exponentially—two, four, eight, 16—I get to a billion.”
That concept of exponential growth applied to computing power, computer intelligence and even computing “humanness” has the potential to create a new, better world.
A second key concept is the singularity: technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.
For Kurzweil, singularity is the bottom line—“the most transformative event we can envision for humanity…We’re going to literally transcend biology.”

Biography

 

Ray Kurzweil is a futurist, entrepreneur and inventor. He has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the rightful heir to Thomas Edison” by Forbes,
which ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States. PBS
included Kurzweil as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.”
His widely acclaimed best-selling book in 2005, The Singularity Is Near,
argues that the exponential growth of technology will eventually lead
to the transcendence of our biological limits. He has received 15
honorary doctorates as well as numerous national and international
awards.

 


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