Robotics, nanobots, and any other form of advance technology, perchance, would be the ultimate issue for now in the future. Yet, “it” holds many promises for our future, and could make our everyday life safer, faster, and easier. Even so, as what I saw in movies, robots can cause serious damages and troubles. And what I feared the most is when the time came they will replace us, enslave us, or worst destroy us, us humans.
Well, I guess “I, Robot”, “Bicentennial Man”, “A.I.”, “Surrogates” and many other Sci-fi movies won’t be just in movies anymore, and sci-fi isn’t just sci-fi anymore. In fact, it even made clearer when I found something fascinating regarding robots on Time Magazine. click 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal
Raymond Kurzweil, a consistent inventor, futurist, and the author of the book The Age of Intelligent Machines, and The Singularity Is Near, believes that we’re approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity---our bodies, our minds, our civilization---will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away. Probably, he could be the leading promoter of transhumanism.
Out of that strong hypothesis of his, he’s now actually working on that idea. In fact, he’s being persistent as an engineer and inventor; he founded and sold his first software company, went on to build the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and made innovations in a range of technical fields , including music synthesizers and speech recognition.
Actually, he’s also working on his Humanity’s cyborganic destiny since 1980. He needed ways to measure and track the pace of technologies progress, and for that he also wanted to make sure when he released his, the timing is right. “Even at that time, technology was moving quickly enough that the world was going to be different by the time you finished a project,” he says on Time Magazine.
He looked even further afield at trends in biotech and beyond – the falling cost of sequencing DNA and of wireless data service and the rising numbers of internet hosts and nanotechnology patents. He kept finding the same thing: exponentially accelerating progress. “It’s really amazing how smooth these trajectories are,” he says. “Through thick and thin, war and peace, boom times and recessions.”
As a futurist, Kurzweil foreseen that we will successfully reverse-engineer the human brain by the mid-2020s. By the end of that decade, computers will be capable of human-level intelligence. Creepy. At 2045---he estimates, given the vast increases in computing power and the vast reductions of the cost of same, the quantity of artificial intelligence created will be about a billion times the sum of all the human intelligence that exist today!
And by the way, Kurzweil is a cofounder of Singularity University, by which Google is founded as sponsor. Singularity is derived from a British mathematician named I.J. Good’s idea called “intelligence explosion”…as he ascribe as:
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man, however, clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an “intelligence explosion,” and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus, the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.
Now, the singularity isn’t just an idea, anymore. Since it attracts people, and those people feel bond with one another. Together they form a movement, a subculture; which Kurzweil calls it a community. Once you decide to take the Singularity seriously, you will find that you became part of a small but intense and globally distributed hive of like-minded thinkers known as Singularitarians.
Now, imagine this people join forces together to create the “beastly” kind of technology that one day emerge in our planet…Imagine if we will coincide with these robots - for us to become cyborgs. In some point, they could be helpful by means of treating the effects of old age and prolong our life spans. Or like the movie Surrogates we will scan our consciousness into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Or maybe the computers will take over humanity and extirpate us! Well, whatever the ending is ----to sum it up---singularity, transhumanism, it’s all the same, they’re all made to ruin. I guess...XD