Look at all this amazing stuff on earth! Olympic-level sprinters with no legs, mothers with superhuman strength, and gangsta-rapping sparrows, among so much else--and it all might have come from space.
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Hey Popsci Its me Ray Kurzweil, yes the real one. Anyway I was wondering if you guys could do an article on the coming Technological Singularity? You could maybe even give it the centerfold. Just talk about it and give perpective on it. I'd be very much obliged thanks Popsci.
The Singularity is Near.
Well, guess I am the first really real person to comment. Unless Ray is the real Ray Kurzweil, somehow that reminds me of a song.
Not much to say about this week (it was slow in some ways, though great progress).
Ray, the technology singularity is far from near. Computers are awesome at doing what we tell them, and AI has come a long ways, but we can still only imitate imagination in computers. Until that point, we can predict technology and the future, and computers will only be doing what we teach them to do. Most technology finally coming to fruition was predicted in the 80s and 90s. When we get to the point where possibilities are thought of weeks before they become a reality, then I would agree to the singularity becoming a reality.