Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Great Regulars: One of the key reasons for all this

enthusiasm for [Ray] Kurzweil and his ideas is immortality. Our last machine will either be able to crack all our medical problems or provide us with a way of downloading ourselves into a computer and living for ever. Technocratic fervour seems to go hand in hand with a desire to live for ever. I have known 50-year-old scientists who take 250 pills a day in the hope of making it to the singularity. There is also a Singularity Institute (SI), which aims to ensure that super-intelligent machines will be nice to us. And this is where it all becomes really tricky.

from Bryan Appleyard: The Sunday Times: I, Extinct; You, Robot


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