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Singularity update: Ray Kurzweil joins Google

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The spiritual godfather of “the singularity” movement Ray Kurzweil just joined Google. Singularity is the theoretical moment in time in which artificial intelligence surpasses the human brain, and perhaps develop a conscience.

If you are new to this theory, I recommend Lev Grossman’s article in Time Magazine about Singularity.

Two great quotes of article: “Maybe we’ll scan our consciousness into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually.”

“…we don’t know what a highly advanced, artificial intelligence (…) would choose to do. It might not feel like competing with us for resources. You don’t have to be a super-intelligent cyborg to understand that introducing a superior life-form into your own biosphere is a basic Darwinian error.”

If you think this is crazy, ask yourself why Google’ hired him.

For more on Ray Kurzweil’s arrival at Google, read Rip Empson’s article on Techcrunch.