Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google and an ACM Fellow (who received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for 1978), this week at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX, predicted the technological singularity--the emergence of human-level computer intelligence--will arrive by 2045.
Kurzweil also dismissed concerns that a single artificial intelligence will dominate the human race, and said he envisions the event as an opportunity for mankind to improve.
He notes implanting computers within human brains and linking them to the cloud already has begun, "and it's going to accelerate."
Kurzweil predicts a computer-neocortex connection will make people smarter, and he expects this will enable people "to exemplify all the things that we value in humans to a greater degree."
He also expects to see the invention of technology that can be implanted in the brain as a memory enhancement in the 2030s. "Ultimately, it will affect everything," he says. "We're going to be able to meet the physical needs of all humans."
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