Daily Mail Mails Another One In

Google futurist claims we will be uploading our entire MINDS to computers by 2045 and our bodies will be replaced by machines within 90 years | Mail Online

Of course this isn’t “Google” saying this, or saying that Google will be doing it. It is Ray Kurzweil, who is considerably more than a “Google employee.” He is one of the founding fathers of the notion of the Singularity, a pioneer in voice recognition, a well-known computer scientist, and a man who is arguably more important in the general scheme of intellectual innovation than Google itself.

And the notion of uploading human consciousness to digital matrixes is certainly nothing new, nor is being able to do that “the Singularity.” The Singularity, at least as defined by Kurzweil, Vernor Vinge, and others, arrives when computers achieve human intelligence and self-awareness along with the ability to improve both those capabilities at machine, rather than human, speeds.

In other words, thinking super-AI, not brains in bottles, herald the arrival of the Singularity.

But this is the Daily Mail. I wouldn’t expect them to get much right about anything. Nor do the mouthbreathers ranting and raving in their comment section inspire much confidence either.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Daily Mail Mails Another One In — 3 Comments

  1. If our minds can be run on a computer, we have no free will, because computers respond deterministically to their inputs. If state superposition and non deterministic state projection plays a role in our minds, as it does in everything else, then minds cannot be run on a computer – not even a quantum computer as currently envisaged (a computer that solves problems with unknown but predetermined solutions more quickly than is possible on a non quantum computer by using entangled cubits processed through the means of a deterministic program).

    I vote for free will via non deterministic state projection.

  2. The comment sections of British online papers are fascinating. The commenters in the Telegraph are a cut above the Daily Mail, but have their share of loonies. The Guardian takes the cake for pure looniness, to the point that I believe they “disappear” non marxist-moron comments.

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