I’ve been very vocal about my distaste for how quickly technology is advancing — specifically, self-driving cars. Why we want to literally put our lives in the hands of machines is beyond me, but I guess I’m not smart enough to understand these things.
So, when you tell me that Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, says that singularity will be achieved by 2029, I’m going to be a little distressed . For you pea brains out there, singularity is when carbon and silicon-based intelligence merge to form a single consciousness. Essentially, we become Androids. You ever seen Westworld? Like Westworld.
Kurzweil, who’s been correct on 86% of the predictions he’s made since the 1990’s, says that by the year 2029, ‘computers will have human-level intelligence.’
“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 said. “It’s here, in part, and it’s going to accelerate.”
However, Kurzweil said he isn’t concerned about the potential threat that intelligent robots might pose to humanity, which is about the most unwoke thing I’ve ever heard. You know how by the time you realize you can live on your own, you’re desperate to move out of your parent’s house? What makes you think robots will be any different?
For Kurzweil, the singularity is an opportunity for humankind to improve. He envisions the same technology that will make AIs more intelligent giving humans a boost as well.
“What’s actually happening is [machines] are powering all of us,” Kurzweil said during the SXSW interview. “They’re making us smarter. They may not yet be inside our bodies, but, by the 2030s, we will connect our neocortex, the part of our brain where we do our thinking, to the cloud.”
So start crossing off your bucket list now people, cause you’ve got about 12 years until the great war starts. Think Planet of the Apes meets Westworld — that’s where we’re headed.