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Showing posts with label GNR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GNR. Show all posts

February 3, 2014

Will Google Make Waves In Nanotechnology Next?

Since hiring Ray Kurzweil, Google has shown that it is very serious about his ideas. They have invested and acquired leading companies in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence and have spun off a new medical company with the goal of defeating aging. With this pattern in place, will Google now move more deliberately into the field of nanotechnology too?

May 7, 2013

Is It Humanity's Fate To Be The 'Mitochondria' of Super-Intelligent AIs?

According to microbiologist and science fiction author, Joan Slonczweski, humanity's future might be similar to that of the mitochondria. Mitochondria were once independent organisms, but at some point, an ancestral cell absorbed and incorporated them and over evolutionary history, mitochondria let cells gradually take over all the functions they used to perform.

January 5, 2013

Did Kurzweil Leave Out An Acronym To Describe Singularity Technology?

The Singularity

The Singularity
In Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is Near, he discusses three main technologies that will impact the future: G, N and R for genetics, nanotechnology and robotics (which includes the most powerful technology, AI). But did the futurist leave out one very important development that is presently impacting society, economics and people's lives in a very substantial way?
Ray Kurzweil carefully explained in The Singularity Is Near how Genetics (G), Nanotechnology (N) and Robotics (R) are the primary exponential technologies of the coming Singularity.

These "the three overlapping revolutions," he says they will characterize the first half of the twenty-first century. He goes on to say, "These (GNR technologies) will usher in the beginning of the Singularity. We are in the early stages of the 'G' revolution today. By understanding the information processes underlying life, we are starting to learn to reprogram our biology to achieve the virtual elimination of disease, dramatic expansion of human potential, and radical life extension."

Kurzweil then says regarding nanotechnology, "The 'N' revolution will enable us to redesign and rebuild - molecule by molecule - our bodies and brains and the world with which we interact, going far beyond the limitations of biology."

 Of the three (GNR), Ray Kurzweil believes that the most powerful impending revolution is the 'R' revolution as it encompasses artificial intelligence.   He writes, "Human-level robots with their intelligence derived from our own but redesigned to far exceed human capabilities represent the most significant transformation, because intelligence is the most powerful 'force' in the universe.  Intelligence, if sufficiently advanced, is, well, smart enough to anticipate and overcome any obstacles that stand in its path." —

The 'R' acronym essentially encompasses I.J. Goode's "intelligence explosion," that is for many itself synonymous with the Singularity.

Are the GNR technologies enough though?  Could Kurzweil have overlooked other factors that will power and accelerate the technological Singularity?

The Story of the Chessboard

The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

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