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.