New Scientist | A singular view of the future

May 6, 2009

New Scientist — May 6, 2009 | Liz Else

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For inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, being human with limited intelligence and doomed biology was never good enough. So he came up with an idea called the Singularity¬†— ¬†a time when humans merge with machines, become smart and live forever. From MIT to the White House, people either hate the idea or can’t wait for it to happen. So, asks Liz Else, will any of us live long enough to see it?

When will the Singularity arrive? By 2045, give or take. We are already a hybrid of biological and non-biological technology. A handful of people have electronic devices in their brain, for example. But if you consider that 25 years from now these technologies will be 100,000 times smaller. [...]