Ray Kurzweil Says Robots

March 17, 2014

We have reported on Ray Kurzweil’s uncanny psychic powers before (really, he is just has the notorious ability to predict future technology trends) and according to The Guardian article “Are The Robots About To Rise? Google’s New Director Of Engineering Thinks So” he thinks that robots are going to out think humans by 2029. It is not a farfetched idea, considering that technology is getting more advanced every year. Google hired Kurzweil to be its new engineering director, the first job he’s ever held. Google has also been snapping up artificial intelligence companies and researchers to build a new robotics division:

“And those are just the big deals. It also bought Bot & Dolly, Meka Robotics, Holomni, Redwood Robotics and Schaft, and another AI startup, DNNresearch. It hired Geoff Hinton, a British computer scientist who’s probably the world’s leading expert on neural networks. And it has embarked upon what one DeepMind investor told the technology publication Re/code two weeks ago was “a Manhattan project of AI”. If artificial intelligence was really possible, and if anybody could do it, he said, “this will be the team”. The future, in ways we can’t even begin to imagine, will be Google’s.”

This is starting to sound like every science-fiction story set in the near future. Kurzweil does not want robotic technology to overtake our lives, instead he wants it to augment our reality. He has his critics who point out not all of his predictions have been true. He does have the human fallacy. If we go back to the science-fiction genre, this is going to be the time romanticized by future authors.

Whitney Grace, March 17, 2014
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5 Responses to “Ray Kurzweil Says Robots”

  1. Paul Topping on March 17th, 2014 7:57 pm

    Habitual prognosticators like Ray Kurzweil know that hardly anyone notices when their predictions are wrong, largely because by the time the actual comes to pass, no one cares about what someone said, say, 15 years ago. So, logic dictates that one should make as many predictions as possible, regardless of batting average.

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