2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

Ray Kurzweil believes that the world is approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent -- and more intelligent than humans, at that. When that happens, he asserts, humanity will be completely and irreversibly transformed. And he puts that moment as being about 35 years away.

Once artificial intelligence is a reality, computers could keep on developing their own intelligence, and their rate of development would also continue to increase.  While it’s impossible to predict the behavior of smarter-than-human intelligences, t there are a lot of theories about it.

According to Time Magazine:

“Maybe we'll merge with them to become super-intelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe the artificial intelligences will help us treat the effects of old age and prolong our life spans indefinitely. Maybe we'll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Maybe the computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us. The one thing all these theories have in common is the transformation of our species into something that is no longer recognizable as such to humanity circa 2011. This transformation has a name: the Singularity.”

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