CNET | Google exec, humans will be hybrids by 2030

June 4, 2015

CNET — June 4, 2015 | Chris Matyszczyk

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We’ll be connecting our brains directly with the cloud, says Google futurist Ray Kurzweil. Google’s renowned predictor and vitamin pill taker, Ray Kurzweil, offered a future in which we keep our heads less in the clouds and more in the cloud.

Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, said of the year 2030, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and nonbiological thinking.”

You might think this more of a takeover. For Kurzweil, however, this is simply progress. “In my view, that’s the nature of being human. We transcend our limitations,” he said.

I fear that in Kurzweil’s world, wit and happenstance willbe traded away for algorithmic prediction and protestations of certainty. When our thoughts and feelings are predicted in advance by the great algorithm in the sky, where’s our spontaneity? Where is even the sense of surprise and wonder that every day seems to bring?

Kurzweil said technology has its positive and negative side. Will the direction humanity is be the eradication of everything we know to be human? Living forever in a metallic numbness?

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