Singularity: Kurzweil on 2045, When Humans and Machine Merge

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    Feb 25, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    Time Magazine recently published an interesting article on Ray Kurzweil, probably the most vocal promoter of transhumanism. Here’s an excerpt:

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HERE “Take the question of whether computers can replicate the biochemical complexity of an organic brain. Kurzweil yields no ground there whatsoever. He does not see any fundamental difference between flesh and silicon that would prevent the latter from thinking. He defies biologists to come up with a neurological mechanism that could not be modeled or at least matched in power and flexibility by software running on a computer. He refuses to fall on his knees before the mystery of the human brain. “Generally speaking,” he says, “the core of a disagreement I’ll have with a critic is, they’ll say, Oh, Kurzweil is underestimating the complexity of reverse-engineering of the human brain or the complexity of biology. But I don’t believe I’m underestimating the challenge. I think they’re underestimating the power of exponential growth.”


    Transhumanism is exactly what it sounds like — the idea of transcending our limits as a species through technology.

    It shows in many forms, including the idea of extending what we as humans are capable of through cybernetics, the concept of analyzing and replicating the human mind in software, etc, etc, etc. More or less anything that involves casting off a limit we as a species endure (whether that’s trying to get around death itself or merely trying to wire cameras into our central nervous system so that we can see behind us/in infrared/despite being born blind/whatever) by applying some kind of technology is *technically* transhumanism.

    A lot of people talking about transhumanism will refer to the concept of the Singularity, that being the point at which computers are sufficiently advanced that they are capable of designing and improving upon themselves. This inevitably leads to human-level intelligence (if such isn’t a prerequisite for being there already), which in turn leads to superhuman intelligence. This being called the “singularity” because, much like the event horizon of a black hole, it represents a point of no return, a line that once crossed changes society, culture, possibly even what it means to be human.

    That said, it’s generally a pretty scary concept if you think it all the way out, and is something a lot of people are very afraid of, fearing that either this is an example of messing with God’s creation in a way that’s inherently wrong (see the same issue being shown regarding genetic engineering, where apparently if we selectively breed things for thousands of generations until they no longer resemble anything that exists in the wild but are rather sculpted by mankind to serve our needs that’s OK, but any direct manipulation of what a creature is is playing God and wrong), they’ll be “implanted” with some kind of technology that will take over their mind, or that this kind of application of technology will make us “less than human” by making us “more than human”.
  • mikey_101

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    Feb 25, 2011 11:37 AM GMT
    transhumanism...... EUGENICS?
  • mikey_101

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    Feb 25, 2011 11:43 AM GMT
    "In February 2009, Kurzweil, in cooperation with Google and the NASA Ames Research Center, announced the creation of Singularity University. The University's self-described mission is to "assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges"."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil



    According to the UN, the grand challenge is Over Population.

    Look into Agenda 21.
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