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Old 02-02-2014, 08:17 PM
 
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Judge for your self. Rationally Speaking: Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity: visionary genius or pseudoscientific crank?
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This author makes the singularity out to be way more then it is. Its not a religion or some cosmic event led by Ray Kurzweil. The definition of it is all based in science and is rather simple. The point at which humans and computers merge enough to have a significant impact on society. That will happen between 2030 and 2045. In fact the evidence is rather stunning when you really study it.

Here is a example:

In 1960's computers took up entire building yet were powerful as they did thousands of calculations per second and because of them NASA got us to the moon.

In the 1970's computers took up rooms.

In the 1980's computers fit on our desk, desk top computers.

In the 1990's computers fit on our lap, lap top computers.

By 2005 we got the smart phone.

Today we have Google glasses. They are already working on contacts with computers in them and we should have them in 5 years. In fact people are already predicitng the end of the smart phone.

Look at this article and notice it does not mention Ray Kurzweil at all:

The trend is obvious.

Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning.

First they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they're in our palms. Next they'll be on our faces.

(Eventually they'll be in our brains.)



Read more: The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming - Business Insider

By the next decade the paradigm shift will be from wearable computers to computers in our brains, and blood system, and by 2030 a computer the size of a blood cell will have thousands of times more processing capability then all of NASA in the 1960's and we will have millions if not billions of them inside out bodies. That, by definition, is the start of the technological singularity as the impact will be so great no one can fully predict it today.

The comment on living a long time and being able to stay young is and control our own destiny, also, is a ignorant statement as science is making strides in the area all the time. In fact there was a article about it today. Here is a link so you can see it.

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/ar...ss-in-mice.htm

So no Ray Kurzweil is no pseudoscientific crank or is he a profit. He is just a engineer who happened to be one of the first people back in the 1980's to understand the impact computers advancing exponentially will have on society.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:55 PM
 
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Much of "human mind- machine merging" is still very theoretical and the actual physical plausibility of some of the more advanced predictions/ambitions is not certain.

Therefore it is impossible to make any approximate timescale predictions about advancements in this area, especially those proclaiming extremely rapid, exponential growth in areas whose very physical applicability is not yet established.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Much of "human mind- machine merging" is still very theoretical and the actual physical plausibility of some of the more advanced predictions/ambitions is not certain.

Therefore it is impossible to make any approximate timescale predictions about advancements in this area, especially those proclaiming extremely rapid, exponential growth in areas whose very physical applicability is not yet established.
It is not theoretical and is stating to happen today.

Look at this report from 60 minutes. There are many more examples as well. Information technology has been proven that it can be predicted as it advances at a predictable exponential rate.

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Here is another example of humans merging with computers.

This is my Science Daily:


Amputee feels in real-time with bionic hand

The link: Amputee feels in real-time with bionic hand -- ScienceDaily
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