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Futurist predicts that we will achieve immortality within just 8 years

By T.K. Randall
March 26, 2023 · Comment icon 24 comments

What does the future have in store ? Image Credit: Pixabay / geralt
Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil is certainly no stranger to making predictions about technology and the future.
When it comes to predicting the future, Kurzweil - who has written numerous books on the subject - is someone worth listening to.

Back in 1990, he predicted that a computer would be able to beat a human at chess within 10 years (which actually happened) and he also predicted that smartphones would become an integral part of all our lives (which also came true).

Now he is predicting that we will develop a way to make ourselves immortal within 8 years.

Speaking during a recent podcast, he stated that we will find a way to increase life expectancy by "more than a year every year" and that this will happen within a decade.
He also suggested that we will be able to use nanotechnology to keep ourselves healthy and will eventually be able to upload our own memories into a computer.

That's not all, either, as he also believes AI will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029.

"2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence," he told Futurism.

"I have set the date 2045 for the 'Singularity' which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billionfold by merging with the intelligence we have created."

Whether such advances would be a good or a bad thing, however, remains a matter of debate.

Source: Daily Record | Comments (24)

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Comment icon #15 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
His book - The Singularity Is Near - is well worth the read.  He lays out how this will occur and I have no problem trusting him from the technology perspective.  However, he equates the ability to store near-endless amounts of data, to the literal transfer of human consciousness (soul) from our flesh and blood bodies to a machine.  Our consciousness, IMO, is far more than simply a conglomeration of data.  That data exists as a result of the spark of self-awareness, it is not the source of that self-awareness.
Comment icon #16 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
Yes, to transfer all data from our brain to a machine, we first need to understand how the brain works, and that is not an easy task. It is the brain trying to understand itself, not sure if that is even possible. Perhaps a more intelligent AI could help though. Then, there is also the matter of that if we will be able to do this, will the machine really be the same person as the original person? It seems like many see it as the same person living on but I don't see it that way, I see it as another person having the same personality and memories as the original person, believing that it is the... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by simplybill 1 year ago
“…we will also be able to 'upload' our memories and thoughts into the cloud and keep them forever.” Personally, I don’t think I’d want to upload my memories to the Cloud. What if I forgot my password? I can’t even remember my Facebook password.  If nothing else, the idea would be an interesting movie storyline, similar to the movie “Total Recall”.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I thought "the singularity" as in downloading conscioussness to computers was a passe' idea.   Who would want to live in a computer forever?   
Comment icon #19 Posted by WVK 1 year ago
Might seem attractive if it’s possible to control alt delete certain memories.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Tiggs 1 year ago
I would, but I very much doubt it'll be possible in my lifetime.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I wouldn't, it would get boring very fast and I think we are already eternal (not because of any deity, just that we are)
Comment icon #22 Posted by Tiggs 1 year ago
Whereas, I don't think we are eternal, but I'd like to be.
Comment icon #23 Posted by CigaretteSmokingMan 1 year ago
Those are some pretty big predictions. Is there absolute proof he made these? Or is he just a bored computer nerd looking for attention
Comment icon #24 Posted by lightly 1 year ago
Maybe I’m just not intelligent enough, artificially or otherwise, to understand how digital ‘information’ equates to. . .L I F E.. or any sort of EXISTENCE or BEING..  whatever you want to call  it.    It’s amazingly similar I suspect, in that both involve electromagnetism?  … but not ALIVE.        .

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