Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity [7:10]

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses the timeline for technology up to 2030.  Technology grows exponentially, so the near future will be vastly different than we can probably imagine.  For instance, by then Kurweil argues we will reverse engineer the human brain, including our emotions.  He then discusses some of the possible downsides to this growth, including a new generation of biological weapons.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you think that technology will inevitably continue to grow as it has?  What situations might stop it?
  • What might the world look like in 50 years?  in 100 years?
  • Do you think technological advancement will help or hurt society?  In what ways might it do one or the other?

Keywords: singularity, technology, advancement, futurology, artificial intelligence, mind, progress,

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