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The Singularity Is Near

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This is my latest obsession. This guy Ray Kurzweil is futurist/ inventor, and in his book 'The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology' talks about how we'll merge with technology in the future, as technological advancements are growing at an exponential rate. He makes predictions for the future of integrated computer sciences, and they're usually on point. Really interesting, I think, to see what he reckons humanity will be capable of in the relatively near future.

These are the predictions he makes in the book, the stuff about uploading memories and thoughts and stuff is nuts.

2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

2010s

Computers become smaller and increasingly integrated into everyday life.

More and more computer devices will be used as miniature web servers, and more will have their resources pooled for computation.

High-quality broadband Internet access will become available almost everywhere.

Eyeglasses that beam images onto the users' retinas to produce virtual reality will be developed. They will also come with speakers or headphone attachments that will complete the experience with sounds. These eyeglasses will become a new medium for advertising as advertising will be wirelessly transmitted to them as one walks by various business establishments.

The VR glasses will also have built-in computers featuring "virtual assistant" programs that can help the user with various daily tasks. (see Augmented Reality)

Virtual assistants would be capable of multiple functions. One useful function would be real-time language translation in which words spoken in a foreign language would be translated into text that would appear as subtitles to a user wearing the glasses.

Cell phones will be built into clothing and will be able to project sounds directly into the ears of their users.

Advertisements will utilize a new technology whereby two ultrasonic beams can be targeted to intersect at a specific point, delivering a localized sound message that only a single person can hear. This was demonstrated in the films Minority Report and Back to the Future Part II. See Sound from ultrasound.

2014

Automatic house cleaning robots will have become common.

2018

10 Terabits (1013 bits) of computer memory—roughly the equivalent of the memory (RAM) space in a single human brain—will cost $1000.

2020

Personal computers will have the same processing power as human brains.

2020s

Computers less than 100 nm in size will be possible.

As one of their first practical applications, nanomachines will be used for medical purposes.

Highly advanced medical nanobots will perform detailed brainscans on live patients.

Accurate computer simulations of the entire human brain will exist due to these hyperaccurate brainscans, and the workings of the brain will be understood.

Nanobots capable of entering the bloodstream to "feed" cells and extract waste will exist (though not necessarily be in wide use) by the end of this decade. They will make the normal mode of human food consumption obsolete. Thus, humans who have injected these nanobots into their bloodstream will evolve from having a normal human metabolism and become humanoid cyborgs. Eventually, according to Kurzweil, a large percentage of humans will evolve by this process into cyborgs.

By the late 2020s, nanotech-based manufacturing will be in widespread use, radically altering the economy as all sorts of products can suddenly be produced for a fraction of their traditional-manufacture costs. The true cost of any product is now the amount of time it takes to download the design schematics.

Also by the later part of this decade, virtual reality will be so high-quality that it will be indistinguishable from reality.

The threat posed by genetically engineered pathogens permanently dissipates by the end of this decade as medical nanobots—far more durable, intelligent and capable than any microorganism—become sufficiently advanced.

A computer will pass the Turing test by the last year of the decade (2029), meaning that it is a Strong AI and can think like a human (though the first A.I. is likely to be the equivalent of a kindergartner). This first A.I. is built around a computer simulation of a human brain, which was made possible by previous, nanotech-guided brainscanning.

2025

The most likely year for the debut of advanced nanotechnology.

Some military UAVs and land vehicles will be 100% computer-controlled.

2030s

Mind uploading becomes possible.

Nanomachines could be directly inserted into the brain and could interact with brain cells to totally control incoming and outgoing signals. As a result, truly full-immersion virtual reality could be generated without the need for any external equipment. Afferent nerve pathways could be blocked, totally canceling out the real world and leaving the user with only the desired virtual experience.

Brain nanobots could also elicit emotional responses from users.

Using brain nanobots, recorded or real-time brain transmissions of a person's daily life known as "experience beamers" will be available for other people to remotely experience. This is very similar to how the characters in Being John Malkovich were able to enter the mind of Malkovich and see the world through his eyes.

Recreational uses aside, nanomachines in people's brains will allow them to greatly expand their cognitive, memory and sensory capabilities, to directly interface with computers, and to telepathically communicate with other, similarly augmented humans via wireless networks.

The economy transits in GDP percentage to more meta services such as reality fabrication, mind enhancement, mental software.

The same nanotechnology should also allow people to alter the neural connections within their brains, changing the underlying basis for the person's intelligence, memories and personality.

2040s

Human body 3.0 (as Kurzweil calls it) comes into existence. It lacks a fixed, corporeal form and can alter its shape and external appearance at will via foglet-like nanotechnology. Organs are also replaced by superior cybernetic implants.

There will be social splitting into different levels of use of reality argumentation, from those who want to live in a life of imagined harems, or those who dedicate their thoughts to philosophical extension. Human society will drift apart in its focus, but with ever increasing capabilities to make imagined things occur.

People spend most of their time in full-immersion virtual reality (Kurzweil has cited The Matrix as a good example of what the advanced virtual worlds will be like, without the dystopian twist).

Foglets are in use.

2045: The Singularity

$1000 buys a computer a billion times more powerful than the human brain. This means that average and even low-end computers are hugely smarter than even highly intelligent, unenhanced humans.

The Singularity occurs as artificial intelligences surpass human beings as the smartest and most capable life forms on the Earth. Technological development is taken over by the machines, who can think, act and communicate so quickly that normal humans cannot even comprehend what is going on; thus the machines, acting in concert with those humans who have evolved into postbiological cyborgs, achieve effective world domination. The machines enter into a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.s appearing faster and faster. From this point onwards, technological advancement is explosive, under the control of the machines, and thus cannot be accurately predicted.

The Singularity is an extremely disruptive, world-altering event that forever changes the course of human history. The extermination of humanity by violent machines is unlikely (though not impossible) because sharp distinctions between man and machine will no longer exist thanks to the existence of cybernetically enhanced humans and uploaded humans.

Post-2045: "Waking up" the Universe

The physical bottom limit to how small computer transistors can be shrunk is reached. From this moment onwards, computers can only be made more powerful if they are made larger in size.

Because of this, A.I.s convert more and more of the Earth's matter into engineered, computational substrate capable of supporting more A.I.s. until the whole Earth is one, gigantic computer (but some areas will remain set aside as nature preserves).

At this point, the only possible way to increase the intelligence of the machines any farther is to begin converting all of the matter and energy in the universe into similar massive computers. A.I.s radiate out into space in all directions from the Earth, breaking down whole planets, stars, moons and meteoroids and reassembling them into giant computers. This, in effect, "wakes up" the universe as all the inanimate "dumb" matter (rocks, dust, gases, etc.) is converted into structured matter capable of supporting life (albeit synthetic life).

Kurzweil predicts that machines will have the ability to make planet-sized computers by 2099, which underscores how enormously technology will advance after the Singularity.

The process of "waking up" the universe will be complete as early as 2199.

With the entire universe made into a giant, highly efficient supercomputer, A.I./human hybrids (so integrated that, in truth it is a new category of "life") would have both supreme intelligence and physical control over the universe. Kurzweil suggests that this will open up all sorts of new possibilities, including manipulation of the physical constants, inter-dimensional travel, things completely unimaginable, and A.I.s controlling and becoming omni-totality (everything).

Some indeterminate point within a few decades from nowSpace technology becomes advanced enough to provide the Earth permanent protection from the threat of asteroid impacts.

The antitechnology "Luddite" movement will grow increasingly vocal and possibly resort to violence, possibly a new World War, as these people become enraged over the emergence of new technologies that threaten traditional attitudes regarding the nature of human life (radical life extension, genetic engineering, cybernetics) and the supremacy of mankind (artificial intelligence). Though the Luddites might, at best, succeed in delaying the Singularity, the march of technology is irresistible and they will inevitably fail in keeping the world frozen at a fixed level of development. However, some nature preserves may be set aside for them to live in.

The emergence of distributed energy grids and full-immersion virtual reality will, when combined with high bandwidth Internet, enable the ultimate in telecommuting. This, in turn, will make cities obsolete since workers will no longer need to be located near their workplaces. The decentralization of the population will make societies less vulnerable to terrorist and military attacks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singularity_is_Near

I'd imagine this'll be TL;DR for a lot of you, but it is intriguing, I promise.

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Inbefore the played out skynet jokes.

Out before the underused and more truthful Matrix jokes.

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was gonna be a "Didnt real, LOL" ting till i read the first sentence n this sh*t interests me

so imma read it now

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Inbefore the played out skynet jokes.

Out before the underused and more truthful Matrix jokes.

Fully immersive Matrix-style VR would be insane

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2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

Has this happened?

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2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

Has this happened?

I'd imagine the technology currently being developed is nearing this point, perhaps not in common usage yet.

But, if you look at Microsoft's new Kinect, which can essentially 'see' in three dimensions, we're very close to computers having a certain vision

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theres flexible e-ink displays i guess that could be used on clothing, although i dont know about full computer, maybe in a jacket where u can store something cos its already heavy but i cnt see a t-shirt like that

as far as everyday items theres a fridge that connects to twitter

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I saw something recently that was a printer that can 'print' out physical objects. E.G a 3D image of a glass was sent to the printer, and it melts plastic and forms the shape from the bottom up

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dont forget the printer theyre creating that can print food

found that amazing u could just download a recipe n itd prepare

can only make buscuits atm or sutin

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most of the technology is out there and already dreamed up, but as the human race we are slow to adopt drastic change therefore it will take several more decades before we reach any integrated human/robotics phase.

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But that's the point, he's saying we've now reached a point where technology has become so sophisticated that it will continue to grow rapidly, with greater leaps being made in shorter time.

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the point is the rate of technology growth means nothing if laws, government, bureaucracy and the stubbornness of the humans continues to limit how quickly we have access to it. take some drugs for example, after its been developed and passed drug trials it can sometimes take up to 3-5 years before reaching the market.

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Eyeglasses that beam images onto the users' retinas to produce virtual reality will be developed. They will also come with speakers or headphone attachments that will complete the experience with sounds. These eyeglasses will become a new medium for advertising as advertising will be wirelessly transmitted to them as one walks by various business establishments.

imagine something this a while back, bar the ads, that augmented reality sh*t would be nice if say u see a billboard, look at it, options come up n u can select them on some kinect type sh*t then go to the site through the lens or on ur phone. tablet, netbook etc

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i wanna a robot arm and legs

that is all

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2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

Has this happened?

I'd imagine the technology currently being developed is nearing this point, perhaps not in common usage yet.

But, if you look at Microsoft's new Kinect, which can essentially 'see' in three dimensions, we're very close to computers having a certain vision

No no no

Has this happened?

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so what?

its nuffin new, computers will overtake humans eventually.

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not the best of topics. didnt/wont read

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that waking up the universe bit is abit far fetched, although inter-dimentional travel does sound interesting, it jus reminds me of them 60's/70's sci-fi films like 2001 a space oddysey n sh*t

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2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

Has this happened?

I'd imagine the technology currently being developed is nearing this point, perhaps not in common usage yet.

But, if you look at Microsoft's new Kinect, which can essentially 'see' in three dimensions, we're very close to computers having a certain vision

No no no

Has this happened?

I answered this, please read it again

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the machines, acting in concert with those humans who have evolved into postbiological cyborgs, achieve effective world domination.

orly? by 2045?

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2010

Supercomputers will have the same raw power as human brains (although not yet the equivalently flexible software).

Computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, meaning many will have nontraditional shapes and/or will be embedded in clothing and everyday objects.

Full-immersion audio-visual virtual reality will exist.

Has this happened?

no it has not

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interesting read but i personally think alot of this sh*t wont happen

small example...

Automatic house cleaning robots will have become common in 3 years time

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