The Huffington Post | Mind uploading & digital immortality may be reality by 2045, futurists say

June 18, 2013

Source: The Huffington Post — June 18, 2013 | Tanya Lewis

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By 2045, humans will achieve digital immortality by uploading their minds to computers, or at least that’s what some futurists believe. This notion formed the basis for the Global Futures 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference held here June 14-15.

The conference, which is the brainchild of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, fell somewhere between hardcore science and science fiction. It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to swamis and other spiritual leaders.

In the year 2045: Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence, an event known as the singularity. Other scientists have said that robots will overtake humans by 2100.

According to Moore’s law, computing power doubles approximately every two years. Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential advances, from genetic sequencing to 3D printing, Kurzweil told conference attendees. He illustrated the point with a series of graphs showing the inexorable upward climb of various technologies. [...]