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May 3, 2013

Ray Kurzweil On The Computers That Will Live In Our Brains



Ray Kurzweil


 
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In a recent interview, futurist Ray Kurzweil talked about how the exponential trajectory for Google Now and Google Glass will bring the search engine even closer to our senses, by becoming blood-cell-sized nanomachines that float in your brain. We'll have to wait until the 2030's to try this out though.




With the release this week of the  Google Now, a voice-activated search assistant, for the on iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices this week and the building hype over Google Glass has been getting a lot of press.

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Search is becoming more intimate with voice-controls that seem to one-up Apple's Siri in terms of accuracy and speed and there is talk that Google Now will even anticipate your questions.

Now Google's head of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has said that Google in the future will even be more ubiquitous.

"I think we're going to ultimately move beyond these little devices that are like looking at the world through a keyhole," the author of How to Create a Mind says. "You'll be online all the time. Google Glass is a solid first step."

"Ultimately these devices will be the size of blood cells, we'll be able to send them inside our brain through the capillaries, and basically connect up brain to the cloud," Kurzweil says. "But that's a mid-2030's scenario."

In Kurzweil's vision, these advances don't simply bring computers closer to our biological systems. Machines become more like us. "Your personality, your skills are contained in information in your neocortex, and it is information," Kurzweil says. "These technologies will be a million times more powerful in 20 years and we will be able to manipulate the information inside your brain."

Kurzweil denies that the searching and backup up of the brain itself is a bloodless pursuit, depleted of human emotion. "When I say that computers will reach human levels of understanding by the 2030s, I'm specifically talking about emotion. I'm talking about getting the joke, and being funny, and being sexy, and being loving."

He has a particular message for those who fear increasing sophisticated artificial intelligence.

"When computers can achieve these things it's not for the purpose of displacing us it's really to make ourselves smarter," Kurzweil says. "And smarter in the sense of being more loving... Really enhancing the things that we value about humans."


SOURCE  Marketplace

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