Ray Kurzweil recently predicted that humans will reach immortality within eight years
A former Google engineer made the stark realization that humans will achieve immortality within eight years — and 86 percent of his 147 predictions were correct.
Ray Kurzweil spoke with Adagio YouTube channelwhere he discussed the expansion of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics, which he believes will lead to “nanobots” that reverse age.
These tiny robots will repair damaged cells and tissues that deteriorate as the body ages and make us immune to diseases such as cancer.
Predictions that such a breakthrough could be achieved by 2030 have been met with excitement and skepticism, as a cure for all deadly diseases seems so far off.
Kurzweil was hired by Google in 2012 to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing,” but he was predicting technological advances long before that.
In 1990, he predicted that the world’s best chess player would lose to a computer by the year 2000, and it happened in 1997 when Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov.
Kurzweil made another startling prediction in 1999: He said that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power of a human brain and the storage capacity.
This will be possible due to the expansion of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics, which it is believed will lead to age reversing ‘nanobots’.
The former Google engineer now believes that the technology is poised to become very powerful and will help humans live forever, in what is known as the singularity.
Singularity is a theoretical point when artificial intelligence exceeds human intelligence and changes the course of our evolution, lifeboat reports.
Kurzweil, the self-described futurist author, predicted that a technological singularity would occur by 2045, with artificial intelligence passing the Turing test in 2029.
It is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior that is equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, human behavior.
He said that machines do indeed make us smarter and that connecting them to the neocortex will help people think smarter.
Contrary to the fears of some, he believes that implanting computers into our brains will improve us.
We’ll get more neocortex, we’ll be funnier, we’ll be better at music. ‘We’re going to be sexier,’ he said.
“We are really going to embody all of the things that we value in human beings to a greater degree.”
Instead of seeing a future where humanity is dominated by machines, Kurzweil believes we will create a human-machine combination that will make us better.
The concept of nanomachines being inserted into the human body has been in science fiction for decades.
These tiny robots will repair damaged cells and tissues that deteriorate as the body ages and make us immune to diseases like cancer.
In Star Trek, tiny molecular robots called nanites have been used to help repair damaged cells in the body.
More than ten years ago, the US National Science Foundation predicted that network-enhanced telepathy — the transmission of thoughts over the Internet — would be practical by 2020.
“In the end, it will affect everything,” Kurzweil said.
We will be able to satisfy the material needs of all human beings. We will expand our minds and embody these artistic qualities that we value.
The process began centuries ago with simple devices such as glasses and ear trumpets that can greatly improve human life.
Then came better machines, such as hearing aids and devices that could save lives, including pacemakers and dialysis machines.
By the second decade of the 21st century, we had become accustomed to laboratory-grown organs, genetic surgery, and the design of children.