Mar 21, 11, 10:19 PM #1
SingularityI think this is absolutely fascinating. What does everyone think?
2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal
Computers are getting faster. Everybody knows that. Also, computers are getting faster faster — that is, the rate at which they're getting faster is increasing.
So if computers are getting so much faster, so incredibly fast, there might conceivably come a moment when they are capable of something comparable to human intelligence. Artificial intelligence. All that horsepower could be put in the service of emulating whatever it is our brains are doing when they create consciousness — not just doing arithmetic very quickly or composing piano music but also driving cars, writing books, making ethical decisions, appreciating fancy paintings, making witty observations at cocktail parties.
If you can swallow that idea, and Kurzweil and a lot of other very smart people can, then all bets are off. From that point on, there's no reason to think computers would stop getting more powerful.Advertisement
Mar 22, 11, 05:14 AM #2
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Mar 22, 11, 10:25 AM #3
Mar 22, 11, 10:37 AM #4Think, Planet of the Apes -- heavy metal version.
Mar 22, 11, 11:26 AM #5When I first saw the title, I thought it said "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immoral".