As mentioned last post, there will be a "Singularity Summit" this weekend in San Jose (at The Tech Museum on Friday and the Montgomery Theatre on Saturday with discounts on tickets here.)
The summit is the brainchild of inventor-futurist, Ray Kurzweil, in partnership with IEEE, the engineering society. But the conference is not all and only about the visions of Kurzweil; it is a
convening of several big thinkers and scientists sharing updates on
everything from nanotech to artificial intelligence.
not already familiar with Ray, this might be an apt
time to share from a couple presentations I myself gave about his ideas last
year. Whatever you think about his specific predictions, his understanding of history is compelling and his sense of the future is fascinating.
For the next few days I will be folding in snips from my own
speaking notes as a preface to what I will later report from the
In his book, The Singularity,
Ray Kurzweil makes
the case that life as we know it is about to radically change. Within a
few decades, perhaps as soon as 2030, he predicts we will see a "Big
Bang" when exponential
growth in our understanding of the brain converges with explosive
growth in machine
intelligence plus nanotech, and the boundaries between man and machine
become blurred. How much of this prediction is likely how soon has been
a topic of dispute, so much so that IEEE devoted a special issue to
this topic last year.
What follows is some detail from the Kurzweil book, interspersed with my own reflections.
Just caught in one of my sidebar widgets - the "Singularity Summit" which is coming to San Jose (CA) this weekend (Fri/Sat, 10/24-5) is offering a discount on its remaining tickets to help make it a sellout. Click hereto find out more about the conference (speakers include futurists and far-thinkers, Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge, computer industry maven Esther Dyson, and Cynthia Breazeal from the media arts faculty at MIT). Then click hereto find out more about tickets at a discount. The hub and I are both going, and this blog will be full of future-trending snips this week and next.