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An Inexorable Emergence Before the next century is over, human beings will no longer be the most intelligent or capable type of entity on the planet. Actually, let me take that back. The truth of that last statement depends on how we define human.
Probing the Past Chapter One: To answer this critical question, we need to understand the exponential nature of time. The Intelligence of Evolution Can an intelligence create another intelligence more intelligent than itself?
Are we more intelligent than the evolutionary process that created us? In turn, will the intelligence that we are creating come to exceed that of its creator? Before you say no too quickly, we need to consider how such a plaintive message originated.
A New Form of Intelligence on Earth Intelligence rapidly creates satisfying, sometimes surprising plans that meet an array of constraints. Clearly, no simple formula can emulate this most powerful of phenomena.
All that is needed to solve a surprisingly wide range of intelligent problems is exactly this: It is not fruitful to rethink every problem that comes along.
This is particularly true for humans, due to the extremely slow speed of our computing circuitry. Preparing the Present Chapter Six: Building New Brains… Evolution has found a way around the computational limitations of neural circuitry. Cleverly, it has created organisms who in turn invented a computational technology a million times faster than carbon-based neurons.
Ultimately, the computing conducted on extremely slow mammalian neural circuits will be ported to a far more versatile and speedier electronic and photonic equivalent.
So what kind of bodies will be provide for our twenty-first-century machines? Later on, the question will become: What sort of bodies will they provide for themselves? Circa is another matter. Although computers still lack a sense of humor, a gift for small talk, and other endearing qualities of human thought, they are nonetheless mastering an increasingly diverse array of tasks that previously required human intelligence.
To Face the Future Chapter Nine: Computers are imbedded in clothing and jewelry. Most routine business transactions take place between a human and a virtual personality. Translating telephones are commonly used. Human musicians routinely jam with cybernetic musicians.
The neo-Luddite movement is growing. Computers are now largely invisible and are embedded everywhere. Three-dimensional virtual-reality displays, embedded in glasses and contact lenses, provide the primary interface for communication with other persons, the Web, and virtual reality. Most interaction with computing is through gestures and two-way natural-language spoken communication.
Realistic all-encompassing visual, auditory, and tactile environments enable people to do virtually anything with anybody, regardless of physical proximity. People are beginning to have relationships with automated personalities as companions, teachers, caretakers, and lovers.
Direct neural pathways have been perfected for high-bandwidth connection to the human brain. A range of neural implants is becoming available to enhance visual and auditory perception and interpretation, memory, and reasoning.
Computers have read all available human- and machine-generated literature and multimedia material.
There is growing discussion about the legal rights of computers and what constitutes being human. Machines claim to be conscious and these claims are largely accepted.
There is no longer any clear distinction between humans and computers.
Most conscious entities do not have a permanent physical presence. Machine-based intelligences derived from extended models of human intelligence claim to be human. Most of these intelligences are not tied to a specific computational processing unit. The number of software-based humans vastly exceeds those still using native neuron-cell-based computation.
Even among those human intelligences still using carbon-based neurons, there is ubiqutous use of neural-implant technology that provides enormous augmentation of human perceptual and cognitive abilities.Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries.
Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and 3/5(13). Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Intelligent Machines, which won the Association of American Publishers' Award for the Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of He was awarded the Dickson Prize, Carnegie Mellon's top science prize, in The analysis shows that these claims, which unfortunately have been lingering around for some time, have no solid basis in the evidence -- video, photographic, or otherwise -- nor any solid basis in logic, and could help to discredit the 9/11 Truth Movement.
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Real-time_will_rule: dominating_social_ search_rank, pricing, optimization We will move from just recording data to modifying the system in real time: continuous improvement. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance.
What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn.