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Here's What Futurist Ray Kurzweil Thinks Life Will Be Like In The Next 20 Years (LOL)
Business Insider ^ | November 18, 2012 | Megan Rose Dickey

Posted on 11/18/2012 11:01:35 AM PST by lbryce

With companies like Google creating self-driving cars and augmented-reality glasses, futurist Ray Kurzweil's predictions are starting to sound much more realistic.

Kurzweil, cofounder of Singularity University, became famous for creating the first text-to-speech software. Forbes called him "the ultimate thinking machine."

With technology advancing at increasingly rapid rate, and researchers making serious headway into discovering the mysteries of the brain, it seems as if we'll all be reconstituted as a computer someday.

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With circumstances unprecedented in world history, our legs dangling over the edge hanging on the precipice, Islamofascism growing stronger, bolder by the day, the debt crisis solvable only by borrowing more money, I think Ray Kurzweil manages to conjure up a future on a world other than what we inhabit.

Some of what Ray Kurzweil's says is in the fabulous future

*Our brains will extend to the cloud, which will allow us to learn new things at any age.

*We'll be in augmented reality at all times.(Most people are on medication in form or another)

*By 2029, machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans, and they'll be able to make us laugh and cry.

*Around the 2030s, tiny "nanobots" able to repair and preserve our organs will keep us healthier and smarter.

*Society will reach a state of "technological singularity" in 2045 where technology enables superhuman machine intelligences to emerge and people and machines become deeply integrated.

Society? What society? The Society of Global Muslim Terror-Zombies?

1 posted on 11/18/2012 11:01:40 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce
*Our brains will extend to the cloud, which will allow us to learn new things at any age.

All of them false.

*By 2029, machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans, and they'll be able to make us laugh and cry.

Or be their slaves.

*Around the 2030s, tiny "nanobots" able to repair and preserve our organs will keep us healthier and smarter.

Requiring Social Security to use up 173% of the USA GDP.

*Society will reach a state of "technological singularity" in 2045 where technology enables superhuman machine intelligences to emerge and people and machines become deeply integrated.

33 years tool late. Hasn't he seen gatherings of people younger than 40? We are there now.

2 posted on 11/18/2012 11:24:05 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: lbryce

Predictions for 2012 from 1987:
http://www.writersofthefuture.com/time-capsule-predictions
I predict 20 years from now, futurists will still be making terrible predictions.


3 posted on 11/18/2012 11:24:07 AM PST by MNDude
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To: lbryce

Not a word about when I can expect a flying car.


4 posted on 11/18/2012 11:24:52 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: lbryce
By the end of Obama's next four years it is likely that there will be two courses of action people will be taking.

1. Figure out how to take what you need in order to survive.
2. Figure out how to protect what you have.

5 posted on 11/18/2012 11:25:43 AM PST by Baynative
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To: lbryce

I suppose that beats cooking grass and neighbor soup in a hubcap heated with a fire from broken antique furniture.

Actually in twenty years I think we will be recovering to approximately the point we are right now, or we’ll all look like North Korea depending on who wins the internecine wars in the Northern Hemisphere.


6 posted on 11/18/2012 11:27:32 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: lbryce

To believe AND adore Kurzwell is to believe we all just can’t wait to become part of the Borg collective.


7 posted on 11/18/2012 11:42:23 AM PST by Wuli
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To: lbryce

When will they make humans smart enough to work and vote? ;-)


8 posted on 11/18/2012 11:46:27 AM PST by Average Al
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To: lbryce

“By 2029, machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans, and they’ll be able to make us laugh and cry.”

Computers with a virus already make people cry...and then laugh for joy when it’s fixed.


9 posted on 11/18/2012 11:47:27 AM PST by Cedar
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To: lbryce

Here’s what our future REALLY looks like:

In 1957, Ayn Rand published “Atlas Shrugged”. I have always considered “Atlas Shrugged” to be a blueprint for the future of America. We have almost reached that future.

In the coming years, as business sheds fulltime employees and makes them all part-timers to avoid the ZeroCare regulations, I predict that Dems in Congress will come up with an equivalent of the “Dog-Eat-Dog” law to force business to comply with the intent of ZeroCare and the Congress.

So, we should be seeing John Galt on the horizon soon. After that, it’s anybody’s game.


10 posted on 11/18/2012 11:53:09 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: lbryce

Most of the guy’s predictions seem very pie in the sky, but these three I think are actually quite likely to come to pass:

“* Around the 2030s, tiny “nanobots” able to repair and preserve our organs will keep us healthier and smarter.”

A bit far-fetched, but probably not incorrect. We’re already seeing work with molecule-sized ‘switches’ in electronics, and a microscopic robot that could be designed to perform certain medical tasks doesn’t seem out of bounds. I don’t know about ‘smarter’ though.

“*3D printing will be even more common than it is today, with public 3D printing stations for people to print out clothes, toys, and anything else.”

I think this is very possible. It might not be a “public” place like a kinko’s so much as a proprietary device owned by a chain, but I can see this one coming to pass.

“* Within 25 years, computers will be the size of a blood cell and we’ll be able to connect it to the brain without the need for surgery.”

Again, I think this is possible in the next couple decades. What that mini-computer will be able to do is the real question.


11 posted on 11/18/2012 11:53:27 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: lbryce

Funny how we get rosy futurism (from a leftist POV) under a leftist regime, and scary dystopias (from a leftist POV) under a putatively conservative one.

Am I wrong in sensing a pattern here, lol? The left sees itself as The Federation from Star Trek and sees the right as The Borg, uniformly. But, the reality of forced uniformity and forced assimilation behind the policies they espouse, well ...

They should really just lay off the futurism. It’s not flattering to them, no matter which way it eventually turns out. They can be wrong, look stupid but things are OK, or they can be right, look prescient and the world is just that much more of a living hell.

When they start envisioning hellish dystopias as a result of their own folly, I might consider giving some credence, but I’m not holding my breath.


12 posted on 11/18/2012 12:01:09 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: lbryce
Self driving cars...laughing machines...and every *single* major US city will look like Detroit.
13 posted on 11/18/2012 12:01:34 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: lbryce

Shopping in 2032

Hospital in 2032

Law Enforcement 2032

Bloggers 2032


14 posted on 11/18/2012 12:07:10 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: DemforBush

“Again, I think this is possible in the next couple decades. What that mini-computer will be able to do is the real question.”

And how will you re-boot it when it crashes?!


15 posted on 11/18/2012 12:51:43 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: RegulatorCountry
"Funny how we get rosy futurism (from a leftist POV) under a leftist regime, and scary dystopias (from a leftist POV) under a putatively conservative one.

Am I wrong in sensing a pattern here, lol? The left sees itself as The Federation from Star Trek and sees the right as The Borg, uniformly. But, the reality of forced uniformity and forced assimilation behind the policies they espouse, well ...

They should really just lay off the futurism. It’s not flattering to them, no matter which way it eventually turns out. They can be wrong, look stupid but things are OK, or they can be right, look prescient and the world is just that much more of a living hell.

When they start envisioning hellish dystopias as a result of their own folly, I might consider giving some credence, but I’m not holding my breath."

Ditto.

16 posted on 11/18/2012 12:51:48 PM PST by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: Psalm 144

“cooking grass and neighbor soup in a hubcap”

Whoa, that’s heavy! And so unnecessary, because by then Soylent Green will come in all major ethnic flavors; white meat, yellow meat or dark meat (Pole, Chinese, or Nigerian).

Sorry, couldn’t resist.....

;^)


17 posted on 11/18/2012 12:59:52 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: lbryce

I thought they offed Kurzweil in the first X-Files movie?


18 posted on 11/18/2012 12:59:52 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: elcid1970

Putting a different spin on ‘ethnic cuisine’, eh?


19 posted on 11/18/2012 1:23:31 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: elcid1970

Heh... Don’t forget the chipotle/Mexican “Soylent Red”. Someday, some of those border-jumpers may regret that trip north... But the light classical music is *fantastico*.


20 posted on 11/18/2012 1:36:05 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Not a word about when I can expect a flying car.

I hope the flying car never happens. It's bad enough taking my life in my hands on the nations highways. I don't want to go to bed every night wondering if some drunk is going to come crashing through my roof.

21 posted on 11/18/2012 1:37:19 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

I’m waiting for the jet packs...


22 posted on 11/18/2012 2:38:50 PM PST by JmyBryan
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To: JmyBryan
But Ray Kurzweil is a real genius, which is what makes his predictions more interesting than most. From his wikipedia bio:

In 1968, during his sophomore year at MIT, Kurzweil started a company that used a computer program to match high school students with colleges. The program, called the Select College Consulting Program, was designed by him and compared thousands of different criteria about each college with questionnaire answers submitted by each student applicant. When he was 20, he sold the company to Harcourt, Brace & World for $100,000 (roughly $500,000 in 2006 dollars) plus royalties.[5] He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Literature in 1970 from MIT.

In 1974, Kurzweil started the company Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc. and led development of the first omni-font optical character recognition system—a computer program capable of recognizing text written in any normal font. Before that time, scanners had only been able to read text written in a few fonts. He decided that the best application of this technology would be to create a reading machine, which would allow blind people to understand written text by having a computer read it to them aloud.

Kurzweil's next major business venture began in 1978, when Kurzweil Computer Products began selling a commercial version of the optical character recognition computer program. LexisNexis was one of the first customers, and bought the program to upload paper legal and news documents onto its nascent online databases. Two years later, Kurzweil sold his company to Lernout & Hauspie. Following the bankruptcy of the latter, the system became a subsidiary of Xerox formerly known as Scansoft and now as Nuance Communications, and he functioned as a consultant for the former until 1995

Kurzweil's next business venture was in the realm of electronic music technology. After a 1982 meeting with Stevie Wonder, in which the latter lamented the divide in capabilities and qualities between electronic synthesizers and traditional musical instruments, Kurzweil was inspired to create a new generation of music synthesizers capable of accurately duplicating the sounds of real instruments. Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in the same year, and in 1984, the Kurzweil K250 was unveiled. The machine was capable of imitating a number of instruments, and in tests musicians were unable to discern the difference between the Kurzweil K250 on piano mode from a normal grand piano.[6] The recording and mixing abilities of the machine, coupled with its abilities to imitate different instruments made it possible for a single user to compose and play an entire orchestral piece.

Kurzweil Music Systems was sold to Korean musical instrument manufacturer Young Chang in 1990. As with Xerox, Kurzweil remained as a consultant for several years. Hyundai acquired Young Chang in 2006 and in January 2007 has appointed Raymond Kurzweil as Chief Strategy Officer of Kurzweil Music Systems.[7]

Concurrent with Kurzweil Music Systems, Kurzweil created the company Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (KAI) to develop computer speech recognition systems for commercial use. The first product, which debuted in 1987, was an early speech recognition program. Kurzweil started Kurzweil Educational Systems in 1996 to develop new pattern-recognition-based computer technologies to help people with disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia and ADD in school. Products include the Kurzweil 1000 text-to-speech converter software program, which enables a computer to read electronic and scanned text aloud to blind or visually impaired users, and the Kurzweil 3000 program, which is a multifaceted electronic learning system that helps with reading, writing, and study skills.

During the 1990s Kurzweil founded the Medical Learning Company.[8] The company's products included an interactive computer education program for doctors and a computer-simulated patient. Around the same time, Kurzweil started KurzweilCyberArt.com—a website featuring computer programs to assist the creative art process.


23 posted on 11/18/2012 4:01:24 PM PST by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: freedumb2003

Nanobots could also be programmed to dismantle people or sicken those of specific genotypes.


24 posted on 11/18/2012 4:55:48 PM PST by tbw2
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