A good friend and neighbor of mine presented me with a Time Magazine article titled, “2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal” that is a must-read that will have you questioning; “Are we approaching the moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent, but more intelligent than humans?”.
Here is an excerpt from the article that answers that question:
Probably. It’s impossible to predict the behavior of these smarter-than-human intelligences with which (with whom?) we might one day share the planet, because if you could, you’d be as smart as they would be. But there are a lot of theories about it. Maybe we’ll merge with them to become super-intelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe the artificial intelligences will help us treat the effects of old age and prolong our life spans indefinitely. Maybe we’ll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Maybe the computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us. The one thing all these theories have in common is the transformation of our species into something that is no longer recognizable as such to humanity circa 2011. This transformation has a name: the Singularity. [Source: Time Magazine ]
If you read the article (and the excerpt above), you will see there is a name for this theory and it is called “the singularity”.
The word singularity is borrowed from astrophysics: it refers to a point in space-time — for example, inside a black hole — at which the rules of ordinary physics do not apply. [Source: Time Magazine]
A technological singularity is a hypothetical event occurring when technological progress becomes so rapid that it makes the future after the singularity qualitatively different and harder to predict. Many of the most recognized writers on the singularity, such as Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil, define the concept in terms of the technological creation of superintelligence, and allege that a post-singularity world would be unpredictable to humans due to an inability of human beings to imagine the intentions or capabilities of superintelligent entities. [Source: Wikipedia]
The singularity may be something you see as being science fiction, but there are some really, really smart people out there taking this theory seriously. Serious enough, to the point, that they feel that these super artificially intelligent immortals (computers) will in fact prolong our lives indefinitely.
If you are into Information Technology and Computers, then I encourage you to read “2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal” [CLICK HERE] …
As I think more about the Singularity, I have this vision of a computer engineer in a deep dark basement somewhere with a computer and all it’s innards spread out on a table before him calling out “Igor run down to Best Buy and get me the largest capacity hard drive available”. Soon after Igor returns, they can both be seen dancing around the table yelling “It’s Alive!!, It’s Alive!!”. [Source: My Neighbor and Friend, Harry D.]